How To Get Sims 4 On Linux

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Getting Sims 4 to run on Linux can be a bit of a challenge, but with the right tools and a little patience, it is definitely possible. As a Linux user myself, I understand the frustration of not being able to play some of my favorite games. So, in this article, I will guide you through the process of getting Sims 4 up and running on your Linux machine.

Step 1: Install Wine

In order to run Windows games on Linux, we need to install a compatibility layer called Wine. Wine allows us to run Windows executables directly on Linux. To install Wine, open up your terminal and enter the following command:

sudo apt install wine

Step 2: Download and Install Origin

Sims 4 is available on EA’s gaming platform, Origin. Unfortunately, Origin does not have a native Linux client, but we can use Wine to run it. Head over to the Origin website and download the Windows version of the client. Once the download is complete, navigate to the downloaded file and right-click on it. From the context menu, select “Open with Wine Windows Program Loader”. This will launch the Origin installer and guide you through the installation process.

Step 3: Download and Install Sims 4

Now that we have Origin installed, we can proceed to download and install Sims 4. Launch the Origin client by searching for it in your applications menu or by running the following command in your terminal:

wine "/path/to/Origin.exe"

Once Origin is up and running, log in with your EA account or create a new one if you don’t have an account already. Search for Sims 4 in the Origin store and click on the “Buy Now” button. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the purchase and begin the download.

Step 4: Run Sims 4

After the download and installation process is complete, you can finally run Sims 4 on Linux! Launch the Origin client and navigate to your game library. Find Sims 4 in your library and click on the “Play” button. Wine will kick in and run the game. Depending on your system’s performance, the game may run smoothly or require some tweaking to achieve optimal performance.

Personal Note:

I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about running Sims 4 on Linux, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. The game runs smoothly on my machine, and I haven’t encountered any significant issues so far. It’s truly a joy to be able to play one of my favorite games on my Linux system.


While running Windows games on Linux can sometimes be a bit challenging, it is definitely worth the effort. With Wine and a little bit of tweaking, you can enjoy playing Sims 4 on your Linux machine. So go ahead, follow the steps outlined in this article, and embark on a new virtual adventure right from your Linux desktop!