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I've put together a Wine wrapper for SimCity 4, allowing it to be played on Linux almost like a native game & with no Wine knowledge required.

Simply run the build script to create the wrapper. If the installer files are not alongside the wrapper build files then the path to them will need to be specified either by passing it as an argument to the build script with -respath="<path>" or by setting an environment variable named WINEWRAP_RESPATH containing it. You can change the path to build the wrapper in and the name of the wrapper directory with the -buildpath= and -dirname= arguments. The build path can also be set with the WINEWRAP_BUILDPATH environment variable.

The output will be a directory containing the game set up within a preconfigured Wine prefix, along with its own copy of Wine, extracted game icons, documentation, and start script(s). From there simply run the start script to play. The start script also includes options for creating a shortcut, configuring the wrapper etc.

(to uninstall simply delete the game directory and any shortcuts you created, and the game's user data directory in ~/.local/share if you don't want to keep your saves & settings)

User data is stored under ~/.local/share/simcity4

Full details are in the readme.txt and release notes. Here is the download link:

simcity4_wine.tar.xz
(37.2 kB, SHA256: 57302bf3d43393724aa383d7761af14796a8b236b313f4e5265a4d293b185deb)

Last updated 2021/07/11

The wrapper uses Wine 6.0. Wine and Winetricks will be downloaded automatically if not present; to avoid redownloading for other scripts the downloaded Wine package will be stored in ~/.cache/winewrap

This hasn't had a lot of testing yet but seems to work ok so far. If anyone encounters any problems then post in this thread, Adamhm's Linux Wine Wrappers - News, FAQ &amp; Discussion and/or The "Judas&trade; does this run in Wine" thread v1.173.

For more of my Linux Wine wrappers check out post 3 in this thread: Adamhm's Linux Wine Wrappers - News, FAQ &amp; Discussion
Post edited July 11, 2021 by adamhm
What flavor(s) of linux have you run it on?
Linux Mint 19.3
Bro. Thanks. I really appreciate it.
Just tested this quickly but it seems to be storing user data in ~/Documents/SimCity4 ?
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Poulscath: Just tested this quickly but it seems to be storing user data in ~/Documents/SimCity4 ?
I double checked just now and there's no way that should be happening. Have you previously tried installing/running SimCity 4 via something else? If so then it may be a leftover from that.

When using my wrapper the user data can be found in ~/.local/share/simcity4 by default - it shouldn't be putting it anywhere else unless it's been configured or altered to do so
I tried it again from scratch and it's working now.

When I first tried it, the My Documents folder in the prefix got linked to ~/Documents. Could it have been because I tried to configure Wine before running the game and it set up a wrong link or otherwise messed things up?

Also, is there a way to pass in or otherwise set what resolution to use? The game doesn't support hardware rendering in my primary screen resolution (2560x1440) and defaults to something horrible :)
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Poulscath: When I first tried it, the My Documents folder in the prefix got linked to ~/Documents. Could it have been because I tried to configure Wine before running the game and it set up a wrong link or otherwise messed things up?
Quite possibly, if you had done it without using the script and before the script had initialised the prefix. The script offers options for running custom commands as well as configure the prefix (you can also do "./start.sh run : bash" to get a Bash terminal with all of the environment variables etc. set for it)
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Poulscath: Also, is there a way to pass in or otherwise set what resolution to use? The game doesn't support hardware rendering in my primary screen resolution (2560x1440) and defaults to something horrible :)
If you set a virtual desktop via the script it will use its resolution as the game resolution. Otherwise you could do:

./start.sh runwine : "SimCity 4.exe" "-CPUCount:1" "-CustomResolution:enabled" "-r1920x1200x32" "-f"

Replace 1920x1200 with whatever resolution you want the game to use.
Post edited April 24, 2020 by adamhm
Thank you, much appreciated :)

The virtual desktop setting worked.
Post edited April 24, 2020 by Poulscath
Man, I struggled with PlayOnLinux for SO LONG trying to make SimCity 4 work. Then I came across your script and it worked, first try, out of the box, with no annoying "first try this and if that doesn't work, then do XYZ assuming that ABCD is still intact after you tried step 1 which could break your entire system..." things. It just worked. I'm using Kubuntu 20.04.

You had to write 800 lines of code to make this work (?!) No wonder I couldn't figure it out!!!

Note: The start.sh script had one hangup when I tried to start it - it turned out the package "zenity" wasn't installed. So, if you run start.sh, and don't know why you don't see ANYTHING happening, that might be it.

Thank you so much.