Release 22, Version 17.1

Application Details:

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

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

So far, opening & saving files, drawing tools, exporting & printing work.

3D engine: OpenGL selected, no visual artifacts.

Same workflow as Windows, no problems encountered yet.

What does not

Installer works out of the box, but running AutoCAD does not.

.NET 2.0 is missing, so it has to be installed before running AutoCAD.


I installed AutoCAD 2008 inside a PlayOnLinux container, but the same workarounds can be applied using winetricks.

Before running the installer, make sure you're using wine version 3.0 (or whatever stable version after 2.0).

Configure wine to emulate Windows 7 (this will make the drawing tool sidebars look exactly like on Windows, otherwise they will be missing and/or distorted).

Add the corefontsdotnet20 and dotnet20sp2 libraries, plus Microsoft Core Fonts.

sh winetricks corefonts dotnet20 dotnetsp2

Then launch the AutoCAD installer, selecting a default install.

Finally, launch AutoCAD.

Open the 3D tuning dialog suggested at the bottom right corner, then "Manual Tune", then change Direct3D to OpenGL.

What was not tested

(to be completed)

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

My OS is ElementaryOS Freya, based on Ubuntu 16.04 (HWE kernel 4.13.0-37-generic)

You can add import your Windows license by opening the Portable License Utility.

First, open it in Linux, select "AutoCAD 2008" from the product menu, and check your computer name and ID.
Then open Portable License Utility in Windows, and on the left tab, add your Linux computer name and ID.
Export the license to a file.
Go back to PLU in Linux, import the file.
Your Linux+WINE AutoCAD 2008 installation has just been activated.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentElementary OS FreyaMar 25 20183.0Yes Yes YesGoldDennis Mayr 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 01 20141.7.19Yes Yes NoGoldan anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 15 20141.7.12Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 17 20131.4.1Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.04 "Precise" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 05 20121.4Yes Yes NoSilverAndy Bauer 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
421 Implement a DIB engine CLOSED FIXED View
6930 Multiple application installers fail due to msi ALLUSERS property not reset from to 2 to 1 in case of per-machine install (TortoiseSVN, MS Visual C++ 2005 Express, AutoCAD 2008) CLOSED FIXED View
9140 Can not install AutoCad 2006 CLOSED FIXED View
9809 Autodesk Revit Architecture 2008 install fails CLOSED FIXED View
11998 NEXON client installers using embedded IE browser control: buttons don't respond to click (Lunia Senki, Combat Arms, War Rock) CLOSED FIXED View
12116 Multiple MSI-based installers fail to advance progress bar in InstallFiles action (schedule_install_files already moves and clamps to max value + MSI integer overflow) CLOSED FIXED View
12501 Multiple application installers need mspatcha.dll ApplyPatchToFileA/W implementation (Microsoft Delta Compression API) NEW View
12563 Autocad 2008 installer crashes when trying to configure install CLOSED FIXED View
12570 AutoCAD 2008 Register Today window contents not displayed CLOSED FIXED View
13015 images broken in many chm files CLOSED FIXED View
13599 Can't install Autocad 2005 CLOSED FIXED View
13801 Very slow text rendering in AutoCAD CLOSED FIXED View
13891 start.exe http://someurl/ does not work (affects any app that invokes external browser, e.g. Google Sketchup) CLOSED FIXED View
16788 AutoCAD 2008: installation from CD fails CLOSED INVALID View
16972 AutoCAD 2008: installation of Service Pack 1 fails CLOSED FIXED View
17021 CHM help menu only shows "Printer icons" CLOSED FIXED View
17350 AutoCAD Mechanical 2008: installation of Service Pack 1 fails CLOSED ABANDONED View
17365 AutoCAD: Buttons on the bottom don't change their graphical state if pressed/released CLOSED FIXED View
17473 iexplore.exe doesn't display content of a simple html file from the hdd CLOSED DUPLICATE View
17611 Increasing DPI makes displayed text smaller CLOSED FIXED View
17709 AutoCAD 2008: Quick Help Toolbar incorrectly displayed CLOSED FIXED View
17743 AutoCAD 2008 and AutoCAD Mechanical 2008: Undocked toolbars are displayed incorrectly NEW View
17765 AutoCAD 2008: Crash after closing "Selection Preview Cycling" window (also affects XMLSpy) CLOSED FIXED View
17767 AutoCAD Mechanical 2008: Crash after closing "Launchpad" window CLOSED ABANDONED View
17987 Multiple applications have broken toolbars (AutoCAD, Foxit Reader 3.0) CLOSED FIXED View
18175 AutoCAD 2008: Pop menu in Text Formating doesn't work correctly ASSIGNED View
18197 AutoCAD 2008: .chm files aren't rendered correctly CLOSED FIXED View
18263 AutoCAD 2008: Insert Ole Object window needs OleUIInsertObjectW NEW View
18264 AutoCAD 2008: QuickCalc doesn't show up CLOSED FIXED View
18312 AutoCAD 2008: err:ole:get_unmarshaler_from_stream Failed to create marshal CLOSED INVALID View
19173 Autocad 2008 crashes on Saves/Loads CLOSED ABANDONED View
20153 AutoCAD 2008: Icons in popup menus too big CLOSED FIXED View
20299 AutoCAD 2008: No images on buttons from Quick Help Toolbar CLOSED FIXED View
20391 Word 2003 background of tab stops is wrong color CLOSED FIXED View
21007 AutoCAD Electrical/Mechanical 2008 fails to install CLOSED DUPLICATE View
21043 ArtRage 2.5 : Sluggishness in cursor moves CLOSED FIXED View
21070 PowerPoint 2003 slows down dramatically. CLOSED DUPLICATE View
22105 AutoCAD 2008: Buttons with images are black in Layer Properties Manager CLOSED FIXED View
22443 AutoCAD 2008: Icons have pinky background in "filter applied" drop down menu CLOSED FIXED View
22444 AutoCAD 2008: No icons in drop down menu CLOSED FIXED View
22446 AutoCAD 2008: Quick Help Toolbar paints outside the window CLOSED FIXED View
22925 Hearts of Iron III demo - crashes on startup (-O0 vs -O2) CLOSED INVALID View
22936 AutoCAD 2008: QuickCalc fails to start CLOSED FIXED View
22938 AutoCAD 2008: Crash in View Plot and Publish Details CLOSED DUPLICATE View
22954 AutoCAD 2008: SP1 crashes CLOSED INVALID View
23416 PAF5 help content panel is blank for most chapters. CLOSED FIXED View
23503 AutoCAD 2008: Crash when reusing coordinates CLOSED FIXED View
23507 AutoCAD 2008: Font size is smaller in properties window CLOSED FIXED View
25200 AutoCAD 2008: Toolbars are repainted too slowly CLOSED FIXED View
25319 AutoCAD 2008: Hangs at installation CLOSED FIXED View
25589 AutoCAD 2000: "Help->What's new" doesn't work CLOSED ABANDONED View
25974 AutoCAD 2009 LT: acadlt.msi doesn't start installer UNCONFIRMED View
26427 AutoCAD 2008: AdMigrator.exe crashes CLOSED FIXED View
26604 AutoCAD 2008: Hang-up after closing preview window UNCONFIRMED View
26733 AutoCAD 2008: Hang-up at start-up CLOSED FIXED View
26789 AutoCAD 2008: Crash at starting installation CLOSED FIXED View
27017 AutoCAD 2008: Installation of service pack fails. CLOSED DUPLICATE View
27306 AutoCAD 2008: adlmdll.dll failed to initialize CLOSED FIXED View
28238 Call from 0x7b839ce9 to unimplemented function msvcp80.dll.??0?$basic_ifstream@DU?$char_traits@D@std@@@std@@QAE@XZ CLOSED DUPLICATE View
31704 AutoCAD 2008: Next button doesn't work in activation window NEW View

Show open bugs

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