Path of Exile

[Guide] to play POE on Linux with 64bit and Dx9.

You want to play POE with good performance on Linux? This guide is for you. I use playonlinux for simplicity, but you can do it without as well. Dx11 does not work yet without crazy tinkering. I Expect it to work without much trouble in some month. If you have an Nvidia GPU you must use the properietary Nvidia driver.


  • Download the poe installer from the homepage.

  • Install Playonlinux (POL)

    sudo apt-get install playonlinux 
  • open POL, click "configure". click "new". Select 64 bit and some prefix (will be changed later). Name your prefix poe.

  • click at your poe prefix, tab "general". click the plus besides "wine version". Add the latest 64 bit staging version.

  • Select said version for your poe prefix.

  • Go to miscellaneous tab, "run a exe file in this drive", select the poe installer you downloaded.

  • After download running the game will crash because it tries directX 11.

  • Go to the config file at

    /home/yourusername/PlayOnLinux's virtual drives/drive_c/Documents/My Games/Path of Exileproduct_Config.ini

  • Change the "directx_version" line to: directx_version=9Ex

  • If you have an nvidia GPU you need to turn of GLSL. Go to POL, configure, select poe prefix, Display tab, "GLSL support -> disable"

  • enable CSMT. Go to "wine" tab, configure Wine, Staging tab -> enable CSMT.

Thats it! Your poe is supposed to run smooth now. If you need more perfomance, i suggest turning off the following:

  • Antialiasing
  • Post processing
  • Shadows

This will have minor visual impact but greatly improve performance. If any problems remain, post in this thread and i might help you. Have a nice day.



Problem: "It does not even start. Just crashes when it should open the poe windows."

Fix: This depends on your graphics driver and your desktop. You can force wine to open a virtual desktop to fix this. Go to POL, configure, select poe prefix, go to Wine tab, Configure Wine, go to graphics tab, enable "emulate a virtual desktop". Enter your Desktop resolution. For example 1920 x 1080.

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