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KaZanova #1 Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:05 PM


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World of Tanks for Linux OS

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This method of making World of Tanks game client compatible with Linux is totally player made and has no connection to Wargaming Company. We just recommend this modification as a quite popular and successful method. World of Tanks development team is not responsible for these files and our Customer Service do not supports them.

It’s highly recommended to check files on viruses before installation!

This method of launching the game does not guaranty successful and stable work of the game with some configurations of soft- and hardware.

World of Tanks Development team thanks player wilderwind for help during production of this guide.

Launching World of Tanks under Linux OS: constructing wine from scratch.

It should be mentioned that below described method is related to so-called Debian-based distributives on GNU/Linux OS, for example, Ubuntu — One of the easiest to understand system of this type. The main difference from Ubuntu is the used desktop environments – KDE instead of Gnome3 or Unity.  But there will be no change if you will follow the instructions in Gnome, XFCE, LXDE etc. environments. Use of specific shell is a question of taste, and comfort is question of habit

Everything described below presupposes the basic knowledge of the ОS GNU/Linux: what is login directory, what stands for data terminal (or command string), what is sudo, root and what they can do etc. The knowledge will help you to keep your software always up-to-dated, to track changes flexibly, to avoid hardware and software incompatibility, to fix occurring errors with the help of various patches application and many more.  Besides good-compiled Wine helps to successfully run other Windows applications or games.

For the launching Wine is needed – a particular layer between Windows-apps and system requests of the ОS GNU/Linux.

Visit http://www.winehq.org/, to the right you will see Latest Release block there are two lines: Stable and Development. First – this is a stable release of Wine, second – the latest version available at present. Which one to chose is completely up to you, however it is better to use Development version as new features might be added to it, improved previous functionality and programs might work faster.

Winetricks from Dan Kegel should be downloaded next – this is a script or, command script, which will help to significantly simplify installation of some Wine components and it further adjusting.

Visit http://wiki.winehq.org/ and save the script to your parent folder according to the instructions, save the script into the root folder. Do not forget to assign an “executive” attribute to it, in order to do so please open the terminal menu and execute the following command chmod +x winetricks . After this the application can be launched as from the command string so with the double click. The script is quite user friendly interface.
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There is a problem in Wine concerning raw input API which leads to  impossibility of the in-game cursor usage. In order to eliminate the problem a Wine patch by Vincas Miliūnas should be installed:In order to improve performance a bit (in-game FPS amount) another patch might be used which is located here.
  • Put both patch files into this folder
  • Launch terminal, go to the extracted files catalog. Catalog shifting is done via the cd command, Tab button helps not write catalogs full names.
  • Apply the previously downloaded patches with the help of the patch -p1 < file_name.patch. command. The sequence of the patches does not matter.
  • Execute ./tools/make_requests command (to register the changes made by the patches)
  • Optionally: execute autoheader and autoconf , however everything works without them as well.
  • IMPORTANT! The Wine app has a lot of dependencies. In order to tune them all automatically, please execute the sudo apt-get build-dep wine command and accept what will be suggested.
  • Configure Wine with a sudo ./configure command Additional configuration parameters might be needed if there will be some errors with the game launching.
  • You should see something  like "configure: Finished.  Do 'make' to compile Wine" when finished.
  • Start the build with the help of the sudo make -j4 command, where j4 is the amount of the simultaneously run tasks. If you have multi-core processor this parameter can b changed (increase by several digits) and achieve a faster build process (for tests was used  Intel Core i7, OS identifies 8 cores (4 physical + Hyper-Threading technology), it will take a few minutes for the build with - j8
  • When the build is finished you will see the following message:  Wine build complete. Execute the sudo make install command.
  • By finishing the previous command restart the Wine app with the wineboot command. By doing so the program will ask you to install Wine Mono and Wine Gecko — please do it.
  • In order to launch the game, some components should be installed with the help of the Winetricks. Please execute the winetricks d3dx9_36 vcrun2008 corefonts msxml3 wininet ie7 command. This will help to launch not only the game but the launcher (WOTLauncher.exe) as well for checking and installing updates
  • And finally go to the game folder, run WorldofTanks.exe and enjoy the game.
Some peculiarities of the above mentioned method:
  • On Wine 1.5.8 (the latest updated available at the time of the article creation) the artillery regime works without buttons reassigning (Shift button)
  • The game’s configuration file is located in the root folder: .wine/drive_c/users/имя_пользователя/Application Data/Wargaming.net/WorldOfTanks/preferences.xml,  the screen resolution can be changed as from the settings of the game itself, so by adjusting the configuration file in the Device preferences chapter. If you have adjusted the game in the way that launching troubles appeared - just delete this file, the game will create a new one with default settings during the next game launch.
  • On the GNU/Linux OS the game minimized and maximized incorrectly while in the fullscreen mode.
  • Another virtual desktop might be used (not a separate X-server!) for the sake of convenience and launch the game in the window-mode; these steps will help to easily switch between desktops and not close the game every time. The multiple virtual desktop functions is available in the majority of modern distributive kits.
  • The sound works perfectly.
  • ATTENTION! The following addition is only for the owners of the NVidia video card (or laptop with that kind of video card) equipped with the Optimus technology.
  • What is this technology look like? There are two types of the video cards in the system: motherboard build-in (usually Intel HD Graphics 3000 designed for battery energy economy) and discrete (dynamically plugged in) which is designed for  supporting “heavy’@ video applications. Despite the fact that there are Optimus-video cards drivers for the Linux on the manufacturer’s website, all the attempts to install them lead to the X-server crash and general unstable behavior of the system. That is why a group of enthusiasts started a project devoted to that problem: http://bumblebee-project.org/, which helps to use the Optimus technology. Though its install instruction does fit the frameworks of this guide, there exists a special command for the World of Tanks (which is not differs much from traditional game launching using the Wine)
  • optirun -c proxy wine /route_to_game_folder/World_of_Tanks/WorldOfTanks.exe
  • Simply create a shortcut for the game launch in order not to launch the game through terminal every time. A small clarification: optirun – is a Bumblebee itself, -c proxy — is a ‘communication’ method of the build-in and discrete video cards which create the highest FPS rate, i.e. as the resource-intensive video processes are calculated by the discrete card, whereas the build-in one is only responsible   for the display output
That is it. Enjoy it Linux users.

TuxCommander #2 Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:19 PM


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This is awesome.. i shuld try this one on my Arch Linux

retto274 #3 Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:31 PM


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i play in ubuntu. and i have not problems :)

DeathDcption #4 Posted 02 January 2014 - 09:58 PM


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Is there any thought of releasing an official Linux port for World of Tanks in the near future?

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AALG #5 Posted 02 January 2014 - 11:21 PM

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View PostDeathDcption, on 02 January 2014 - 02:58 PM, said:

Is there any thought of releasing an official Linux port for World of Tanks in the near future?

There is word out that there might be an official MacOS client coming for WoT, but not heard anything on the grapevine about a Linux Client.
Currently the only way to get WoT on Linux, is the above non-supported method.

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cant #6 Posted 19 March 2014 - 12:08 AM


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Excuse me. Can someone make video about this.

Just  because my english's too weak to understand. please.

Edited by cant, 19 March 2014 - 12:09 AM.

FiElD_MaRsHaL_ #7 Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:51 AM


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Pl. release an official Linux client.


Wallischaf #8 Posted 01 April 2015 - 03:13 PM


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Thx for the guide, cant get my game started on Win7, but maybe a second partition with linux can help:3

superIcecream #9 Posted 16 August 2015 - 04:02 PM

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View PostAALG, on 03 January 2014 - 02:21 AM, said:

There is word out that there might be an official MacOS client coming for WoT, but not heard anything on the grapevine about a Linux Client.
Currently the only way to get WoT on Linux, is the above non-supported method.

Surely if you port WoT to OpenGL (presumably), it can't be that hard to port to Linux as well in one go.

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camdy #11 Posted 29 March 2020 - 11:40 AM

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you can run WoT on linux alot more easier through software like Lutris gaming and CrossOver though i have found it easier if i copy my windows version somewhere if you are going to wipe you hard drives just saves you from having to download 20Gbs again :)

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