Now that Starcraft 2 is free to play, is there a painless way to run it in Linux?

People have been doing it with different success for years, but the hacks are spead over different resources and often are distro specific.

I have some specific limitations though.

Since I saw file names like Starcraft64 on a Windows install of Starcraft 2, I would like to run it on a clean 64bit Linux distribution without the multilib 32bit compat layer installed.

I am fine with either 64bit stable wine or the 64bit staging wine, no wrappers like PlayOnLinux or Lutris should be involved.

Is it possible to install and run Starcraft 2 this way?

So far I went to starcraft2.com website and downloaded the installer, but when I ran the file tool on it, I was told it is a 32bit Windows executable, so obviously it won't be able to run under pure 64 wine.

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    Just so you know: software (and hardware) recommendations are off-topic here. If you're asking about how to get StarCraft 2 to run on Wine specifically, I believe that might be allowed. – Nolonar Nov 17 '18 at 11:33
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    @Nolonar my question is even more specific, it is about if it's possible to install and run the free version of StarCraft 2 on 64bit Wine. I know it runs on 32bit Wine. Blizzard isn't Linux friendly, so I have to ask here. – AnonymousLurker Nov 17 '18 at 11:39
  • No, you can't run SC2 on Linux – FoxMcCloud Nov 18 '18 at 0:58
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    @FoxMcCloud can't is a strong word. It can be done - just not natively – treyBake Jan 17 at 12:14
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    Lutris uses Wine (forget which version...3.5?) under the hood to run SC2, so you could look at their install script to learn how they do it, and try to replicate that on your own with the 64-bit libs. I'm with you, I'd rather not use a wrapper either, but Lutris just makes it so painless. Which, honestly, may make Lutris the best answer to your actual question. – villapx Feb 13 at 17:44

I was able to run the installer and load the battle.net login normally with a 64bit wine prefix, so I think it should work fine. This was done on Ubuntu 18.04, with wine-4.0-rc2. As a side note, I did have the multilib 32bit compat layers installed, but I don't know how much that affects 64bit wineprefixes.

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    lack of multilib limitation is exactly the show stopper, battle.net is 32bit, according to this forum answer us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20766717149#post-5 – AnonymousLurker Jan 29 at 13:32
  • Well, when trying to install wine in ubuntu via wiki.winehq.org/Ubuntu , installing just the amd64 part wasn't enough to get a functional wine setup (no wineserver, only wine64 & wine64-preloader). It had to grab the i386 libs & the i386 part of wine as well. Once it did that, the installer ran. So, I'm thinking there's no good way around this. Installing all of wine, while not fully 64-bit, might be your only way. – Alex Castro Jan 30 at 17:14
  • Ubuntu is a multilib distro. – AnonymousLurker May 13 at 11:06

Short answer no. It takes several ppa/and git repos and the install seems to change from version to version of Starcraft. So it is always painful. I got the current version running and it is playable ( I use the internal intel gpu.

What did not work for me:

  • wine version bundled with the distro (battle net does not even start)
  • wine stable version from winehq with vulkan support and wineD3D (battle.net runs but the game crashes with a segmentation fault)

What did work for me

  • Purge bundled wine

    sudo apt purge wine
  • Install wine staging as described here from wine-hq (4.14~bionic) with this workaround here

  • Install the newest winetricks from github repo

    wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks
  • Install corefonts and d9vk_master via winetricks gui or cli

  • Update to the latest ppa version of the mesa vulkan driver (for intel)

    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install mesa-vulkan-drivers libvulkan1
  • Reboot

  • Get the starcraft installer from here and run it via wine
  • I need the nohiz flag to be set to run the game. Otherwise the game crashes after a couple of minutes

    export INTEL_DEBUG=nohiz; wine start /unix .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Battle.net/Battle.net.exe
  • This issue is probably fixed

  • I'm trying to follow the wine-hq instructions; but when I try to install the packages they suggest, I keep getting errors about missing :386 dependencies. How can I install all of those? – einpoklum Sep 28 at 20:11
  • Did you do an: sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386. What is the exact error message? – crasu Sep 29 at 21:15
  • Yes I did. It was a message about "package X depends on pacacke Y:i386 but Y:i386 is not going to be installed"; and then if I also mark Y:i386 for installation, it says "package Y:i386 depends on pacacke Z1:i386 and Z2:i386 but they are not going to be installed" etc. etc. – einpoklum Sep 29 at 21:41

Yeah setup Lutris and will be way easier, first install Wine Staging then Lutris, Lutris will handle the prefix and setup for the game which will make you just click "next next finish".


  • i'm afraid you didn't read the question and didn't pay attention to limitations – AnonymousLurker Jan 19 at 6:17

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