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How to Run The Sims 2 on Mac with Wine

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Running The Sims 2 on a Mac using Wine can be a bit complex but is achievable with the right steps. Below is a guide to help you get The Sims 2 running on your Mac using Wine:


  1. Wine: Wine is a free and open-source compatibility layer that enables Windows applications to run on Unix-like operating systems, including macOS.
  2. The Sims 2 Game Files: Ensure you have the game files for The Sims 2. You can use either physical discs or digital copies.


Step 1: Install Homebrew
Homebrew is a package manager for macOS that simplifies the installation of software.

  1. Open Terminal (you can find it in Applications > Utilities).
  2. Install Homebrew by entering the following command:

/bin/bash -c “$(curl -fsSL”

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Step 2: Install Wine
Once Homebrew is installed, you can use it to install Wine.

  1. In the Terminal, type the following command to install Wine:

brew install –cask wine-stable

  1. Wait for the installation to complete. This process might take some time.

Step 3: Set Up Wine
After installing Wine, you need to configure it.

  1. Create a Wine prefix (a directory where Wine will install and run Windows applications). In Terminal, type:


  1. This will open the Wine configuration window. Configure Wine to your liking, then close the window.

Step 4: Install The Sims 2
1. Insert your Sims 2 disc or locate your digital game files.
2. In Terminal, navigate to the directory where your setup.exe (or similar installer file) is located. For example:

cd /path/to/sims2/installer

  1. Run the installer using Wine:

wine setup.exe

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to install The Sims 2.

Step 5: Apply Necessary Fixes
The Sims 2 might require additional tweaks to run correctly on Wine. Here are some common fixes:

  1. DirectX: Some versions of The Sims 2 require DirectX. You can install it using winetricks, a helper script for Wine.

brew install winetricks
winetricks directx9

  1. No-CD Patch: Some versions of The Sims 2 may require a No-CD patch to run without the disc. Make sure to download a legitimate No-CD patch.

Step 6: Run The Sims 2
1. Navigate to the directory where The Sims 2 was installed. For example:

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/The\ Sims\ 2

  1. Run the game using Wine:

wine Sims2.exe


  • Graphics Issues: If you experience graphics issues, try running Wine in a virtual desktop mode. Open winecfg, go to the “Graphics” tab, and check “Emulate a virtual desktop.”
  • Performance Issues: Lower the game settings within The Sims 2 to improve performance.

Additional Tips:

  • Backup Your Data: Always backup your saved games and important data before making significant changes.
  • Consult Forums: If you encounter specific issues, forums like WineHQ and Mac Rumors can be valuable resources.

By following these steps, you should be able to run The Sims 2 on your Mac using Wine. Enjoy your game!

Author: Lilith Pleasant

I've been playing The Sims since 2004. I've played every iteration, but the Sims 2 will always remain as my very favourite. I'm passionate about getting others involved in playing the Sims 2 and sharing my stories, as well as trying my hand at CC. But, I also love the other Sims games (Castaway Stories anybody?)

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