Install and Play Red Alert 2 on Ubuntu

This article teaches you how to play Red Alert 2 on Ubuntu.

Command and Conquer Red Alert 2

Command and Conquer Red Alert 2

You can install, run and play the game Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 on Ubuntu by using Wine.

The game has a copy-protection system which causes problems when trying to run the software through Wine. We must resort to use a hack to make the game playable.

1. Install Red Alert 2 normally, on a Windows computer (yes, you have to install it on Windows first), using your game CD. Make sure that you install the Westwood Shared Internet Components, as these provide the auto-updater.

2. Update the game to version 1.006. If the auto-updater fails, you can download a standalone patch, which you should scan with your Windows anti-virus software before running.

3. Download the groza no-CD crack and scan it with your anti-virus software. You may need to use WinRAR to extract the files from the downloaded archive.

4. Follow the instructions in the .nfo file which should have been extracted from the file you downloaded. It is important to copy the .mix files listed from both the Allied and Soviet discs to the game directory (normally C:\Westwood\RA2). Three of the .mix files are the same, so it does not matter which disc you take them from.

5. Still on Windows, try to play the game without a CD in the drive. If it does not work, you cannot continue.

6. Copy the game directory (normally C:\Westwood\RA2) to a removable drive or similar, so that it can be copied onto your Ubuntu installation. With all of the .mix files, the game directory should be around 1GB in size.

7. Copy the game directory to your Ubuntu computer.

8. Install the Wine package.

9. Open a Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and type the following to run the game:
wine /path/to/Westwood/RA2/Ra2.exe
(Make sure that you replace /path/to/ with the path to the directory that you saved the Westwood folder in.)

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22 Responses to Install and Play Red Alert 2 on Ubuntu

  1. m0dk1d says:

    Red Alert2 is playable on Ubuntu? unbelievable! I will try it out.

  2. hero says:

    Red Alert2 eniig yaaj tatdag ym bee

  3. luis renan says:

    é muito bom esse jogo

  4. says:

    o boneco mas forte do sevel de aries

  5. Ionica Cristian Valentin says:

    Am descarcat red alert2 si este foarte misto e cel mai tare joc de strategie dupa mine.

  6. stefan says:


  7. bodydetox says:

    Red Alert is a very addictive game. I play at least 5 hours a day with my friends and cousins.

  8. Carcisswm says:

    This Information will self-destruct in ten seconds … :P

    This is a good game but u just ruin all the fun!!! your information is not helping…

  9. Bob says:

    Does not work….

  10. Victor says:

    Does not work

  11. M J says:

    Hello all. I have a solution to the self-destruct issue. Just use patch 1.001 instead of 1.006. if you guys are having trouble finding it contact me

  12. Robert Plan says:

    Just wandering, would it be possible from a virtual machine ? hmm don’t feel like to reboot. If I need to install the game in my xp OS, I’d rather just play the game in the damn OS.

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