Release 22, Version 17.1

Application Details:

Version: 2008
Votes: 51
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

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What works

Opened an existing CAD file & performed basic tasks.

What does not

Activation via the normal method does not work. To activate, first install AutoCAD on a Windows machine and active that installation. Next, use the Autodesk Portable License Utility to transfer the license to your Linux machine.

Floating toolbars do not work correctly. If you float them, you will not be able to move then again.


What was not tested

Anything 3D

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
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Additional Comments

Had to copy the AutoCAD cd contents to a folder under drive_c to get the installer to work. Got this working after reading about Bug 12570. Basically, if a particular DLL override or winetrick was mentioned, I added it. I did not try to confirm if it was necessary or not. Here is a summary: winetricks gecko msxml6 dotnet20sp2 gdiplus msxml3 vcrun2005sp1 corefonts DLL Overrides: mscoree mshtml riched20 shdocvw shlwapi urlmon

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowElementary OS FreyaMar 25 20183.0Yes Yes YesGoldDennis Mayr 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 01 20141.7.19Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 15 20141.7.12Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 17 20131.4.1Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 05 20121.4Yes Yes SilverAndy Bauer 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
12501 Multiple application installers need mspatcha.dll ApplyPatchToFileA/W implementation (Microsoft Delta Compression API) NEW View
17743 AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD Mechanical 2008: Undocked toolbars are displayed incorrectly NEW View
18175 AutoCAD 2008: Pop menu in Text Formating doesn't work correctly ASSIGNED View
18263 AutoCAD 2008: Insert Ole Object window needs OleUIInsertObjectW NEW View
25974 AutoCAD 2009 LT: acadlt.msi doesn't start installer UNCONFIRMED View
26604 AutoCAD 2008: Hang-up after closing preview window UNCONFIRMED View
31704 AutoCAD 2008: Next button doesn't work in activation window NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


 by NSLW on (February 7th 2009)

Preparing for install

1. Use recent version of Wine (tested with wine-1.7.41)
2. Download winetricks by following command


3. Install required components by following command

 sh winetricks dotnet20sp2

It will take some time because winetricks will download all above components


1. From CD's
I didn't tested this method.

2. From HDD
          2.1 copy content of both CD's to single directory on your hdd
          2.2 navigate to this directory and run setup.exe
          2.3 make default install

Running AutoCAD

The setup should create shortcut on your desktop if not create a launcher manually (Type: Application ; Command: env WINEPREFIX="/home/EnterYourUserNameHere/.wine" wine "C:\Program Files\AutoCAD 2008\acad.exe")


1. turn off compiz fusion
2. in winecfg: under "Graphics" tab uncheck "Allow the window manager to decorate the windows" then Apply
3. in AutoCAD: Tools-> Options -> System ->Performance Settings -> Manual Tune -> change Driver name to OpenGL

Known problems

1. No possibility to configure setup
2. No possibility to activate the product
3. Toolbars don't display correctly if undocked but you can still move and dock them

Installing Service Pack

1. download autocad2008lockedsp1.exe from e.g. here
2. install autocad2008lockedsp1.exe
3 (optional). In case of problems reinstall Visual C++ 2005 runtime libraries by
sh winetricks vcrun2005

Helpful advices

If you would like to save time and don't want to reinstall AutoCAD every 30 days do as described below.

1. after installation and before first run of AutoCAD make yourself a backup of "system.reg" file which is in "~/.wine/"

2. after 30 days delete "Software Licenses" directory which is in "~/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/All Users/Application Data/Autodesk/" and recover your backup you've made in first point