StarCraft 2

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You need to install:

Configure Wine

The sound in Starcraft 2 in Wine versions 1.3.25 and later works out of the box.

  • Edit the registry
$ regedit
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/Direct3D
To create new entries: Right-click on Direct3D, select New -> String Value
DirectDrawRenderer      opengl
Multisampling           disabled
OffscreenRenderingMode  pbuffer
PixelShaderMode         enabled
RenderTargetLockMode    readtex
StrictDrawOrdering      disabled
UseGLSL                 disabled
VertexShaderMode        hardware
VideoMemorySize         1536 (Change this to however much memory your card has)
$ sh winetricks vcrun2005 vcrun2008

Also install lib32-audiofileAUR and lib32-esoundAUR from AUR.

  • Don't emulate a virtual desktop for the installer.
  • If the installer doesn't work, backup and remove your .wine directory.
  • If you are asked to install Gecko, then click install to do so.
  • If the installer hangs while downloading patch 1.03, install ie6, and set the wine version to windows XP:
$ sh winetricks ie6
$ winecfg

or on x64

$ WINEPREFIX=~/win32 sh winetricks ie6
$ winecfg

Go to Applications, set Windows Version to "Windows XP"

Installing StarCraft II

Installing from DVD

  • Mount DVD/DVD Image, (unhide invisible data), for example:
$ mount -o ro,unhide,uid=1000 /dev/dvd /media/dvd (for the DVD)
$ mount -o loop,ro,unhide,uid=your_id starcraft.iso /media/dvd (for an image) 
  • Start the installer:
$ wine start /unix /media/dvd/Installer.exe

Blizzard downloader

  • Get the downloader from your account (you need to log in).
  • You may want to go to View > Preferences and check "Don't throttle background download".
  • During the install, you will need about twice the space of the installed game, since it downloads to a temporary directory (of your choice) before installing. This directory can be deleted after install.

Starcraft 2 demo The download is 1.56 GB. You need to have a account.

The demo got replaced by StarCraft II: Starter Edition.

Playing StarCraft II

$ cd .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/StarCraft\ II/
$ wine start StarCraft\ II.exe 

Or use the Starcraft II icon, but that'll make it more difficult to troubleshoot in case you have problems.

Hints for Performance Tuning

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  • Launching the game with the -opengl flag has been reported to increase performance. (This may be specific to the mac version.)
  • Disabling Shader in wine could help, if FPS is too low. (It may also cause the game to not work at all. Again, possibly only mac.)
  • Make sure that you are not using old graphics drivers. Nvidia drivers should be 256.35 or later (extra/nvidia is up to date).
  • Edit the variables.txt in your My Documents/Starcraft II/ following the guide here


If you are running a 64bit version of Arch Linux, you may have trouble getting the updating done. Since StarCraft 2 uses Internet Explorer to render all the HTML pages, you need to have Internet Explorer installed. However, by the installer of IE6 will warn you that 64bit is not supported. By default, if you have created your wine configuration directory (~/.wine), it will be set to 64 bit. To overcome this problem, you can either recreate your ~/.wine configuration, or if you wish to keep your current ~/.wine configuration see the alternative method below. If you wish to recreate your ~/.wine configuration simply remove the ~/.wine directory, add
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to your ~/.bashrc, logout of X, login once again and launch wine. It should create a ~/.wine folder. Next install ie6 with
$ winetricks ie6

More information can be found here

Alternative method: updating while keeping your 64bit ~/.wine directory

This method uses a separate wine directory installed as 32bit. So the first step is to setup this alternate wine configuratoin. The easiest way to do this is to install a wine configuration for a separate user. You do not need to logout for this, just open up your terminal of choice and:

$ login alternateuser

or if you're going to use root:

$ su

Enter password, remove any already existing wine configuration supposing you do not use wine from this user, then set wine to use 32bit architecture and generate the configuration:

$ export WINEARCH="win32"
$ winecfg

Install/update the wine configuration. No other settings need to be set after updating so you can just close the wine configuration window. Then use winetricks to install ie6:

$ winetricks ie6

When that's done, use the new configuration to run Starcraft II.exe from your user's 64bit /home/user/.wine directory where Starcraft 2 is installed:

$ wine /home/user/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Starcraft\ II/Starcraft\ II.exe

This will run the updater/patcher installing all the patch files to your 64bit ~/.wine directory using the alternate user's 32bit .wine directory containing ie6. Close the updater when it's finished and you can then remove the new 32bit .wine configuration or keep it for later updates. Now you can go back to playing from your regular user using 64bit wine.

Patch 1.5.0

  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 have increased stability and gained around 10FPS, however you have to set
$ wine regedit
Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/Direct3D
VideoMemorySize         128

Otherwise it won't run and will exit with errors about too low video VRAM.

  • Problems with updating

Start game and wait for updating to start.

$ wine "StarCraft II.exe"

When agent fails with:

Agent started on port #6882
Executing operation: disable_firewall applicationPath="C:\users\Public\Application Data\\Agent\Agent.1199\Agent.exe" applicationName=" Update Agent"
AgentAsAdmin failed to add a firewall exception for 'C:\users\Public\Application Data\\Agent\Agent.1199\Agent.exe'.
Registered Event: "shutdown event"
Registered Event: "database flush event"
PostTo succeeded status: 0 for url:
Post Data:
<version program="Agnt"><record program="Bnet" component="Win" version="1" /><record program="Agnt" component="cdn" version="1" /><record program="Agnt" component="cfg" version="1" /><record program="Agnt" component="Win" version="1199" /></version>
DownloadTo failed error: 0 of article:  from:

DownloadTo failed error: 0 of article:  from:

DownloadTo failed error: 0 of article:  from:

Launch Agent.exe --nohttpauth

$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/Public/AppData/ --nohttpauth

Start StarCraft II again to re-launch updater:

$ wine "StarCraft II.exe"


  • Game crashes when completing bonus objectives

If the game consistently crashes when completing bonus objectives, the reason might be that wine is missing the Arial font (source:

$ pacman -S winetricks
$ winetricks corefonts

Alternatively, copy Arial.TTF into ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/Fonts.

  • For some, the game crashes upon exit. (There seems to be more issues with ati cards than nvidia.)
  • For some, in-gamechange of resolution does not work. Editing 'width=x' and 'height=y' in Variables.txt in My Documents/Starcraft II solves this issue. Replace x and y with the prefered resolution.
  • Graphics problems (No 3D background in menu, blue non-texturized units and other glitches) launch with the command below. You can also add this option to the .desktop entry in ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/StarCraft II
force_s3tc_enable=true wine StarCraft II.exe

As told here with explanation for variables:

It seems to fix the problem.

See also