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Skyrim can be played on Linux systems by using the Wine Windows compatibility layer. The game works well as of Wine version 1.3.37. For further information on installing, see Skyrim's page at the WineHQ application database.


  • If the game hangs after the Bethesda Softworks logo appears, delete or rename the file "BGS_Logo.bik" in your Skyrim/Data directory (if Steam automatically downloads a replacement, the deletion/renaming will have to be redone).
  • If you use the PulseAudio sound server and experience crackling or missing audio, try forcing PulseAudio to restart by typing "killall pulseaudio" in the terminal before starting Skyrim.