The official build of Proton 4.2 and later runs ED
A custom build is no longer required.
The ED prefix, however, still requires dotnet40 installed (as of 4.2-8, vcrun2015 is no longer required).
You can install dotnet40:
The manual approach has more steps but does not require installation of any additional software. If you already have
winetricks installed, and are using Proton 4.2; then I recommend using the winetricks method.
Note that I personally experienced freezes (as the ED client launched) after upgrading to 4.11, but these appeared to be resolved by recreating the prefix and using the manual process. So I recommend recreating your prefix and using the manual process if upgrading to 4.11.
Both install methods require the setting of the WINEPREFIX environment variable.
The WINEPREFIX tells wine where to install software and apply configuration changes.
To set the WINEPREFIX, run the following:
STEAMAPPS=~/.steam/steam/steamapps # see comment below about this value export WINEPREFIX=$STEAMAPPS/compatdata/359320/pfx
The value of
STEAMAPPS may be different for your system. To confirm, right-click ED (in your Steam library) and go to Properties -> Local Files (the tab) -> Browse Local Files. The value of
STEAMAPPS should be this path up until (and including) the
Make sure your WINEPREFIX is set (as shown above) and update your PATH to include the Proton version of wine.
PROTONSTEAMAPPS=~/.steam/steam/steamapps # see comment below about this value PATH="$PROTONSTEAMAPPS/common/Proton 4.11/dist/bin:$PATH"
The value of
PROTONSTEAMAPPS may be different for your system. To confirm, right-click the Proton version you will use to run ED (for example 'Proton 4.11'). This is found in Steam under Library -> Tools. Go to Properties -> Local Files (the tab) -> Browse Local Files. The value of
PROTONSTEAMAPPS should be this path up until (and including) the
You will also want the dotnet40 installer. If you have used winetricks, this will most likely be located here:
Otherwise you can download it with:
- Start with a clean prefix by deleting the current (
rm -rf $WINEPREFIX)
- Run ED from Steam once (this will create the prefix and install a number of components before exiting quietly)
wine64 uninstallerand remove 'Wine Mono Windows Support'
wine64 winecfgand set 'Windows Version' to 'Windows XP'
- Install dotnet40 by running
wine64 dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exefrom the path where dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe was downloaded
wine64 winecfgagain and set 'Windows Version' back to 'Windows 7'
You should now be able to launch and play ED from within Steam.
You will need:
- wine (4.0 stable is recommended for Proton 4.2, but anything higher should also work. For Proton 4.11, try using wine 4.11); and
- winetricks (20190615-next or higher).
How to get these depends on your distro. Please see the Wine section of this wiki for more information.
Instructions for obtaining
winetricks can be found here. Note that how
wine-mono was installed changed with Wine version 4.6.
wine-mono needs to be uninstalled to install
dotnet40, and only a more recent version of
winetricks will do this correctly.
With these installed, make sure your WINEPREFIX is set (as shown above) and run the following:
rm -rf $WINEPREFIX winetricks -q dotnet40 win7
You can now launch the game (click 'Play' from within the Steam client).
Note that the errors that pop-up when you first launch ED can be safely ignored.
Also note that much of the troubleshooting section below still applies; although most issues are related to:
- incorrect wine or winetricks version (see above); or
- incorrect graphics driver (see the DXVK wiki for recommended versions)
ProtonDB is also a useful resource.
To install the legacy custom build:
Warning: If updating from a previous custom version of Proton for Elite Dangerous - please ensure you have completed the install before deleting the old custom version. Deleting a Proton version that is still configured for use by Steam causes all Proton games to be deleted.
- create a 'compatibilitytools.d' directory under your steam 'root' dir. This is usually under
mkdir ~/.steam/root/compatibilitytools.d) but it appears to be under
~/.local/share/Steam/compatibilitytools.don some other distros and installs.
- copy Proton_3.16-8_Beta_ED.tar.gz to this directory
- extract the contents (e.g:
tar xf Proton_3.16-8_Beta_ED.tar.gz)
./fixED.sh- which can be found in the root of the extracted directory (this step is optional if you have dotnet40 installed in the ED prefix. As of Proton 3.16-8 Beta ED, vcrun2015 is no longer needed)
- restart Steam
- select this release from your Steam Play settings (as shown below) or force it just for Elite Dangerous (also shown below)
Select this option to use the custom build for all games (images are for older release - but process is the same):
Or select this option to use the custom build only for Elite Dangerous:
Please note that you use this release at your own risk with no guarantees. Please see the LICENSE for full terms and conditions.
Launcher doesn't... launch
If your logs show:
0009:err:module:fixup_imports_ilonly mscoree.dll not found, IL-only binary L"EDLaunch.exe" cannot be loaded 0009:err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Importing dlls for
dotnet40 has not installed correctly. Check that
wine-mono was successfully removed by running:
If it is listed, you can manually remove it and try installing
After clicking Launch on the launcher, the game never starts
Make sure the driver for your graphics card is installed correctly and can run Vulkan. You can check with
failed with VK_ERROR_INITIALIZATION_FAILED
Then vulkan is not working correctly. If you are using Radeon on Ubuntu, please see here for details on how to resolve the issue.
When trying to login it says there was no or empty response
Check your internet connection. If you are using IPv6, check that it is working correctly.
I have also ran in to this issue when one of the addresses being returned by a DNS lookup was not reachable. A workaround was to add my own DNS entry to
Shader issues with Horizons
Make sure your graphics driver meets Proton's minimum requirements: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton/wiki/Requirements#graphics-drivers-requirements---general
Also note that nvidia-driver-410 and xorg-x11-server 1.19 combinations have a compatibility issue.
Game launches but I get an error "Make sure you start the game from the launcher so that you are up to date"
Note: As of Proton 3.16-8 Beta ED, vcrun2015 is no longer required; therefore this error should no longer occur. If you are running an older version, then it should be noted vcrun2015 was recently added to the ED Steam Depot and so it is now recommended to delete your existing prefix (example:
rm -rf ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/compatdata/359320) if this is the first time running the game with a ED custom build
This error occurs when vcrun2015 is not installed. If you have ran
./fixED.sh then you may have to install it manually.
If using winetricks; make sure you set the
WINEPREFIX environment variable as described here.
WINEPREFIX=~/.steam/steam/steamapps/compatdata/359320/pfx winetricks vcrun2015 win7
If the install of vcrun fails with an error like "Another version is installed", then it may be best to start clean and try again (by deleting your prefix, example:
rm -rf ~/.steam/steam/steamapps/compatdata/359320).
Can't change display settings to Fullscreen
You can manually change your configuration by editing the file located at:
<steam_home>/steamapps/compatdata/359320/pfx/drive_c/users/steamuser/Local Settings/Application Data/Frontier Developments/Elite Dangerous/Options/Graphics/DisplaySettings.xml
Change the value of the 'FullScreen' setting to '1'
Unable to initialise network. Please check your connection
If your netLog (which can be found under
.../steamapps/common/Elite Dangerous/Products/elite-dangerous-64/Logs) has an entry:
IPv4 is enabled, but address not found
then this is likely caused by a missing hostname entry in your
/etc/hosts file. Add a new entry to
/etc/hosts with your hostname resolving to a localhost address. For example:
Internal error creating window
A window pops up saying "Internal error creating window: Add value to collection of type 'System.Windows.Controls.UIElementCollection' threw an exception."
You need to set your Wine prefix to use Windows 7. You can do this via:
winecfg and then change it in the 'Windows Version' drop down.
In both cases you will need to set the
WINEPREFIX environment variable first (via an
export for example). The value of
WINEPREFIX will be
<steam_install_loc>/steamapps/compatdata/359320/pfx where the
steam_install_loc is the location you installed Elite Dangerous (as listed under Steam -> Settings -> Downloads -> STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS).
Keyboard does not work at all
Sometimes, after the game is loaded and the main menu is shown, the mouse will work properly but no keystroke will be recognized. Ctrl+Alt+F might enable showing the framerate. Trying to enter Options -> Controls with mouse will not work.
This kind of input failure is usually worked around by simply re-launching the game. Usually 2-3 attempts are enough.
Note that if your keyboard works for navigation (WS keys) in the menu but you have other problems with bindings, this is not the same issue and will likely not be solved by mere reloading.
Custom version not showing in Steam
compatibilitytools.d dir needs to be created under the root of your steam install. This can be found by running
ps ux | grep steam.sh whilst steam is running. Further troubleshooting can be performed by referring to the
compat_log.txt found under the