How to Install SWTOR on Linux

There is two ways of installing Star Wars the Old Republic on Linux. First way is by using the Terminal. The second way is by installing the game through Play on Linux.

Steps using the Terminal

[USERNAME] = use your username on your linux system

1. Download the swtor.exe from

2. Open your terminal type :
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/[USERNAME]/wine/swtor winetricks d3dx9 vcrun2008 msls31 winhttp

3. Change directory to where you have swtor downloaded usually this is in the downloads folder :
$ cd Downloads

4. In the Downloads folder :
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=/home/[USERNAME]/wine/swtor wine “SWTOR_setup.exe”

5. Next cd out of the Downloads folder and into :
cd “/home/[USERNAME]/wine/swtor/drive_c/Program Files/Electronic Arts/BioWare/Star Wars – The Old Republic”

6. Copy and paste the code from into a text file and save it as

7. chmod 755

8. ./

9. The first time you log in and start downloading it will pop up with an error you have to open up the “launcher.settings” in an text editor and replace :

, “PatchingMode”: “{ “swtor”: “BR” }”

and replace BR for SSN, so in will be like this

, “PatchingMode”: “{ “swtor”: “SSN” }”

10. Save and start again :

Thank you to those that created swtor in the first place and those who’ve created guides on how they got it to work and thank you to the user that created the swtor_fix.exe that made it possiable to play on linux.

Steps using Play on Linux

1. Download and install Play on Linux

2. When you open Play on Linux click on Tools and click on Manage Wine Versions

3. Install the latest Available Wine Version for 32 bit (x86)

4. Click on install and the Games tab in the Search tab type in Star Wars

5. Let the game do the install process. Once the Login screen pops up it will be in French so in the Options save it as English. The first time you try to log in the game will freeze exit the game and Log back in and then let the game install.

6. On the Play on Linux menu under Configure make sure that Star Wars is running under the latest wine version. Star Wars comes with 1.7.22 Wine but the latest wine versions are better to have.

Both ways work for installing the game. While in game on the Character load screen you will have to change the graphics here if you do it in game the game will crash (I run my graphics just under max graphics). The map works but if you hover over an area quest the game will crash. I have not tested the Galactic Starfighter mainly because I have not gotten a pop for it. But other than that the game runs smoothly.

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