PotBS on Linux with Wine 2.0.2 and 1.7.46 (it works)

edited August 2017 in Game Help
Previously working instructions for getting PotBS working on linux under wine 1.7.46 from : https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=10687&iTestingId=83958

which had stopped working due to an issue with wine preventing/not wanting to run in sudo to give a windows program admin privs, there is a workaround for it.

(I wasn't scared to try sudo on potbsinstall.exe since for me it's pretty much a trusted application, though it failed)

I came across the solution here : https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2269263

So I placed potbsinstall.exe in the in ~/.wine/drive_c folder and chmodded it in the terminal to "chmod +rwxrwxrwx ~/.wine/potbsinstall.exe" or if you want to do it even simpler just navigate to the folder with the file explorer and open a terminal there then just chmod it like this "chmod +rwxrwxrwx potbsinstall.exe" ...simple.

I followed install instructions for the 1.7.46 for winetricks used, and winconfig set to win98, (also works w/ win2000 and XP)

potbsintall.exe will crash and burn a few times before it works but then it will install the game, and then you just need to chmod the executables brwc.exe, and PotBS.exe as above. (*IF* you have the files from a windows install that will speed things up enormously, but for testing purposes I used the installer)

I then had to manually install the PhysX legacy files downloaded from nvidia.com/object/physx-9.13.0604-legacy-driver.html .

I placed the installer in the ~/.wine/drive_c and installed it with wine, no chmodding needed

And then...JOY. IT WORKED. It works better than the windows install I was using on my VMware installation due to the lower overhead and better use of memory and drivers.

*note* Use brwc. exe to update when needed, but launch the game with PotBS.exe so you don't have to reapply the 4GB patch every run.

Tested on wine 1.7.46 and 2.0.2 with Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" KDE

I wrote up a testing slot for PotBS on Wine 2.0.2 with a Gold rating that's pending approval there,
Just wanted to share the good news for people that don't like windows or having to run a guest OS.

Gratuitous Screenshots:

Post edited by Roman San Diego on


  • edited June 2018
    Hi, nice to see another linux player. I'm glad you found a workaround for potbsintall.exe, I'll try it the next time I need to update the game.
    Using wine-3.10 (Staging) atm and the game is still working fine with physx and directx 9 files installed in the prefix.

    Antigua. Britain. The Blackbeard Royal Navy. Sailing with PotBS since 2010.

  • edited February 2019
    The awesome user content pack made by Captain Mohag (https://www.dropbox.com/s/kwuqdjf1l2u3v0n/usercontent.zip?dl=0) can also be used on Linux.
    By default wine will map the "My Documents" directory of the prefix where the game files reside to a directory inside the home folder (~/Documents). This can be confirmed by running:
    env WINEPREFIX=/path/to/potbs/prefixdir winecfg
    and checking the mappings in the "Desktop Integration" tab.
    In that directory there should be a folder named "Pirates of the Burning Sea" (where PotBS stores logs, screenshots and user settings). Then it's only a matter of creating a directory named "usercontent" there and placing the .dds files contained in the file usercontent.zip within it. The .ini files go in the PotBS install dir.

    Screenshot of the Blackbeard Royal Navy custom sails.

    Antigua. Britain. The Blackbeard Royal Navy. Sailing with PotBS since 2010.

  • Just reinstalled the game last night on an old dell GX620 with a 1gb Nvidia card and 4GB of ram on Kubuntu 19.04 using Wine-development 4.2-2 using the same method. WORKING FINE. Ran into an issue with instances taking a loooooong time to load but seeing how the servers are down ATM that may have been serverside. Will check again when they're back up, Also...whrere did the test server go to?

  • Thanks for that link :)

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