How to Play Grand Theft Auto San Andreas in Ubuntu

Written by mark pool
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"Grand Theft Auto San Andreas" is available for the personal computer, but it's a Windows only game. However, you can still play it in Ubuntu Linux by using the Wine program to emulate a compatible version of Windows. The San Andreas edition of "Grand Theft Auto" was released in 2004 and so is most compatible with Windows XP. Wine version 1.2 and above can emulate Windows XP using the default settings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Ubuntu Software Center" shortcut in the "Applications" menu.

  2. 2

    Type "wine" in the "Search" field, then click the "Wine" package in the list of results. Click the "Install" button to install the latest version of Wine.

  3. 3

    Click the "Configure Wine" shortcut in the "Wine" folder of the "Applications" menu. This will create a folder for Wine and a fake "C: drive" for Windows applications. The C: drive will actually point to a hidden folder in your home directory.

  4. 4

    Click the "Windows Version" menu in the window that appears and click the "Windows XP" option. Click "OK" to close the window and accept the default options.

  5. 5

    Insert the "Grand Theft Auto San Andreas" installation CD into your disc drive.

  6. 6

    Double-click the CD icon on the desktop to open it, then double-click the "Setup.exe" file. Wine will automatically open the program and present it with the Windows emulated environment. Proceed with the installation as normal, using the default option to install the program to the C: drive.

  7. 7

    Click the "Grand Theft Auto San Andreas" option in the Wine "Applications" menu to play the game. Wine will automatically start with the game to provide the Windows environment for it.

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