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Age of Empires II HD - For Mac OSX

AOE2HD - For Mac OSX

Estimated time: 10 minutes

Purchase

Installing PortingKit

  • Click this
  • Open the PortingKit.dmg file when it finishes downloading
  • Drag the Porting Kit.app file onto the Applications folder in the window that opens
  • Wait until the file is fully copied, close the menu that opened, and you can delete the PortingKit.dmg file
  • Open Finder, click "Applications" in the left sidebar, and look for the Porting Kit item
  • Click "Open" (you only need to do this the first time)
  • Click through the installation process (yes, agree, continue, continue, etc.)

Installing Game

  • Copy and paste this into your browser address bar, then press enter: pkid://385
    • If asked to choose an application, select "Porting Kit" and "Always use this application"
  • Click continue, yes, next, install, etc. to get through the prompts
  • After the install is completed, click the play icon next to "Age of Empires 2 HD" in the left sidebar.
  • After Steam has finished updating (it updates often!) you can sign in.
  • Once signed in, go to your Steam Library tab and go to Age of Empires II in the left sidebar.
  • Click "Install", then next, continue, finish, etc. to get through the prompts
  • Once the game is finished downloading and installing on Steam, click "Play" to launch the game.
  • You will see a launcher pop up with 3 wooden boards with no text on the left - click the first one to launch the game.
  • In the future, you just open Porting Kit to start the game.
  • Congratulations on installing AOE2HD on a Mac!

Known Issues

  • When starting a multiplayer game, the loading screen may get stuck - you will hear the game music but still see the loading screen. If this happens, CMD-Tab to move the window to the background, then click to open the window back up.

Enhancements (optional)

Updating

In the event of an update, the game will break and you won't be able to see other games.

  • Right click the game in Steam and select "Properties"
  • Go to the "Local Files" tab and click "Verify integrity of game files"
  • Once finished, complete the step where you rename the file again

@southpolesteve
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southpolesteve commented Mar 1, 2018

Thank you for this! For anyone looking, I had to use Safari when putting in the playonmac://www.playonlinux.com/repository/download.php?id=4 in the address bar. It did not work with Chrome

@jod244
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jod244 commented Jun 16, 2018

Thanks for this, but I'm getting a error message from Steam when trying to download (content servers unreachable). Any ideas?

@rapier32
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rapier32 commented Jun 20, 2018

I'm also getting the same error message jod244. I can't figure out what's causing it. I'm able to connect to servers on windows with no issues. I've noticed when using playonmac it keeps defaulting to wine version 2.12 and I can't change it. Is yours doing the same?

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mePy2 commented Jun 26, 2018


If you are developers or even if you just want to see this project finished soon, help develop it or share it! openage is the way! A clone of the Age of Empires II Genie Engine for UNIX https://github.com/SFTtech/openage.
It runs on my mac but it’s in a very early stage, so it’s not possible to play it (many things are missing, you can check them in the GitHub issues section).

Another way is to download and use SheepShaver. An open source PPC Apple Macintosh emulator. You can install Mac OS (up to 9.0.4) in it and play the original (and beautiful) Age of Empires II Gold Edition. Personally I’m using this method, waiting for openage to be completely developed.

Sheepshaver website: https://www.emaculation.com/doku.php/sheepshaver

Useful links for old Mac OS software and games:
http://macintoshgarden.org/
https://www.macintoshrepository.org/

@joaorpalma
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joaorpalma commented Jun 28, 2018

Thanks!

@vipulswarup
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vipulswarup commented Aug 16, 2018

I have managed to reach the step where I login to Steam. After that the Steam logo is there in my Mac launch dock, but nothing seems to be happening. I don't see Steam in PlayOnMac either. Any ideas?

@Jeromemorage
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Jeromemorage commented Sep 30, 2018

Thank you so much! I've waited long enough for this!

@BonitaBlack
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BonitaBlack commented Oct 13, 2018

You are my savior!

@lorepieri8
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lorepieri8 commented Nov 2, 2018

Stuck at "Downloading fonts", in particular andale32.exe

@JD-2086
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JD-2086 commented Dec 8, 2018

Is online play possible with this method?

@ibrokemypie
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ibrokemypie commented Dec 30, 2018

how do you play with friends? pressing invite either crashes the game if you have the game overlay enabled, or does nothing

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ghost commented Feb 8, 2019

Thanks it worked great for me, steps need to be carefully followed. I have been playing online with friends since few weeks now (create a public game and manage to invite your friends, reject others...)

@fpgentil
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fpgentil commented Apr 23, 2019

Works like a charm! Thank you.

@kutomer
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kutomer commented May 23, 2019

When starting the game with Wine@3.20 can not even connect to steam, with Wine@3.17 I can open the game and play, but when getting into multiplayer the game stuck, any idea?

@mdp1991
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mdp1991 commented Jun 17, 2019

so i bought age of the empires on steam, and im trying to download the play on mac thing, but everywhere i go to download it it gives me a error. can some one help me.

@lou8427
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lou8427 commented Jul 16, 2019

I have a problem logging in to Steam. It appears the message "Steam is having trouble connecting to the Steam servers", and at the same time Steam are sending me an email with "Steam Guard code you need to login to account" but there is no space to put the code, so I cannot log in.

@cdance1
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cdance1 commented Oct 4, 2019

Im having trouble "Selecting steam and configuring in PlayOnMac" any thoughts?

@Flamman93
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Flamman93 commented Oct 8, 2019

Hey I heard from a friend that this works well for him. I have some problems with starting the playonmac. It might be that the problem is that I'm running macOS Catalina. Any ideas on how to solve it?

@OpakAlex
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OpakAlex commented Oct 12, 2019

works great!

@sudevschiz
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sudevschiz commented Oct 20, 2019

Works like a charm! :)

@mohanganeesh
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mohanganeesh commented Oct 21, 2019

Not working on catalina

@decos86
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decos86 commented Oct 31, 2019

Thanks for this! It worked well until today, when it stopped working all of a sudden.

When I try to run steam on playonmac, I get an error message:

Error in main
Steam crashed.
Select its shortcut and click on "Debug" in the side panel to get more details.

Eventually, ignoring the error I can get to steam, but the library (or anything else) won't load.

Any ideas on how to solve the problem?

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Oct 31, 2019

This also stopped working for me today. Steam loads via PlayOnMac, but the Steam window is blank and I can't see any games in my Library, so I cannot start Age of Empires.

Did something auto update today to break all this?

@decos86
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decos86 commented Oct 31, 2019

I kind of remember that there was indeed an update after which everything stopped working. But I can't remember what kind of update it was. I tried to reinstall everything again, but I keep getting to the same point in which the steam library won't load.

@echee
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echee commented Oct 31, 2019

same here, it no longer loads the library.

@yocontra
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yocontra commented Oct 31, 2019

I would suggest trying the latest wine version and seeing if it helps. If so I can update the guide.

@decos86
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decos86 commented Oct 31, 2019

Thanks for the suggestion and for the guide! Unfortunately, I have already tried with the latest wine version (and also some few others).

@decos86
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decos86 commented Oct 31, 2019

I see that steam has released exactly yesterday a new library. Maybe that's what's causing the problem! https://store.steampowered.com/libraryupdate

@michaelkep1
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michaelkep1 commented Nov 1, 2019

I'm having the same library issue others are having. I'd assume that it is the new library update. Please let me know how to fix this!

@betoop
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betoop commented Nov 5, 2019

I found a workaround, just run open ~/Library/PlayOnMac/wineprefix/C/drive_c/Program\ Files/Steam/steamapps/common/Age2HD/AoK\ HD.exe in Terminal and Steam + the game will be launched

@decos86
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decos86 commented Nov 7, 2019

Thanks betoop, but playonmac must be somewhere else than where it is in your mac, for I get that the file does not exist. I have been looking for the path to get to HD.exe but I can't find it. When I click on "show package content" on Playonmac, I don't find a folder called "wineprefix"...

@hakansirin
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hakansirin commented Nov 8, 2019

Is the walkthrough working now? I have late 2016 macbook pro with Katalina. I don't want to pay 20 dollars to steam unless it will work. Thanks

@NPann
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NPann commented Nov 8, 2019

@hakansirin, just tried on wine 4.19. Same issue with library/others not loading on steam.

@FraGoTe
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FraGoTe commented Nov 27, 2019

for me steam loads but I don't see the list of games

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Nov 27, 2019

FraGoTe, yes, that is exactly the issue we are all having since Steam updated. My guess is that to enable this to run on Macs, we are disabling dwrite, and dwrite is somehow now needed to enable the Steam Library and other pages to load! Still waiting for someone to think of a fix and post details.

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FraGoTe commented Nov 27, 2019

ok I found something that works : open terminal and put this:

open ~/Library/PlayOnMac/ ~/Library/PlayOnMac/wineprefix/Steam/drive_c/Program\ Files/Steam/steamapps/common/Age2HD/Launcher.exe

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Nov 27, 2019

So, I tried this before. Just tried again and I get the same response, which is:

It opens PlayOnMac and I get an Automatic Installation window open which says: Waiting for XQuartz to be installed. This then goes on forever and doesn't complete (I let it run for 24 hours once). Any way around that? Do I need to install XQuartz first somehow then run this again in Terminal?

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Nov 29, 2019

FraGoTe, thanks so much. I now have this working. Here's what I did:

I first went and downloaded and installed XQuartz:

https://www.xquartz.org/

I then ran your command in Terminal. It worked and AoE loaded!

Thanks again. :)

@leofontes
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leofontes commented Dec 1, 2019

Any suggestions on how to download AoE through Steam? I get the black screen of death on Steam like you guys :\

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Dec 1, 2019

Yeah, here's what I did:

Download the Desktop App for Steam (For Mac) then buy and download the game using that. This gets the Game added to your Steam Account. Then, quit that App and use FraGoTe's command line above to open the game directly from the Terminal (via PlayOnMac).

The Steam Desktop App seems to display the Library and Store just fine, it is only when used with PlayOnMac that we get the Black Screen of Death - at least, that's what I am finding. So, that's why I did all my buying and downloading in the Desktop App first.

Hope that helps.

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steeddouglas commented Dec 2, 2019

Saite66... Maybe im dumb... Ive done everything you said. But it wont let me download the game with the Desktop Steam app (for mac) It gives me an error saying (invalid platform). I had already purchased it via the website a few days ago. Any tips on what to do?

Yeah, here's what I did:

Download the Desktop App for Steam (For Mac) then buy and download the game using that. This gets the Game added to your Steam Account. Then, quit that App and use FraGoTe's command line above to open the game directly from the Terminal (via PlayOnMac).

The Steam Desktop App seems to display the Library and Store just fine, it is only when used with PlayOnMac that we get the Black Screen of Death - at least, that's what I am finding. So, that's why I did all my buying and downloading in the Desktop App first.

Hope that helps.

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Dec 2, 2019

Hmm, that is weird. Are you sure you purchased the correct version of the game? Can you double check your purchase history and ensure the version you bought is for Mac and not another platform? That's the only thing I can think of for now.

Let me know if it is not this and I'll do some more digging.

@vitowang1998
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vitowang1998 commented Dec 2, 2019

Hello, it seems that this extension is not working for Catalina, can we add support for this version?

@manualfie
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manualfie commented Dec 2, 2019

I'm so sorry for being so rubbish, but I want to leanr how to do this! I too am at the black screen of death. What is the terminal. I have only just installed Play on Mac today to have a go at what FraGoTe suggested, but don't know where the terminal is! Appreciate you all know your stuff, so thanks in advance to anyone that can help an absolute idiot out!

@steeddouglas
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steeddouglas commented Dec 2, 2019

There isnt a mac version of the game is there? To my understanding you can only purchase the windows version, and thats the reason for this entire work around. Correct?

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Saite66 commented Dec 2, 2019

I'm so sorry for being so rubbish, but I want to leanr how to do this! I too am at the black screen of death. What is the terminal. I have only just installed Play on Mac today to have a go at what FraGoTe suggested, but don't know where the terminal is! Appreciate you all know your stuff, so thanks in advance to anyone that can help an absolute idiot out!

Inside your Application Folder there is a folder called Utilities. Terminal.app is inside there. Once you have it open keep it in your dock for next time.

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Dec 2, 2019

There isnt a mac version of the game is there? To my understanding you can only purchase the windows version, and thats the reason for this entire work around. Correct?

Sorry, you're right, I lost my mind a little there. ;)

Thinking it through, when you open the PlayOnMac version of Steam, it should connect to your Steam account and load up all your games, as long as those have been purchased using the Desktop App. It obviously is much harder to trouble-shoot all this now we have Black Screen of Death. It might need someone with a much more thorough grasp of the issues than me to find a solution.

Have you been through all the options that you are able to access in the PlayOnMac Steam, settings and so on? You need to ensure you're logged into the same Steam account and then see if you can Sync your games with a command somehow.

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yocontra commented Dec 3, 2019

Hey all - I'm planning on figuring out the issue and updating the guide this weekend. Work has been busy and I haven't been playing much, nor did I know how many people were relying on this guide I made for my friends 😄

@eternalfool
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eternalfool commented Dec 3, 2019

Is there a guide for the definitive edition?

@yocontra
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yocontra commented Dec 3, 2019

@eternalfool No, but it would be pretty similar I assume (maybe sans having to move the Launcher)

@RomiValladares
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RomiValladares commented Dec 7, 2019

I'm stuck at having the library showing up blank. It's weird since it does show my profile's name correctly, so at startup it seems to be connecting to Steam.

0009:fixme:file:GetLongPathNameW UNC pathname L"\\\\?\\C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\logs\\cef_log.txt"
006d:err:module:import_dll Library DWrite.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\cef\\cef.win7\\libcef.dll") not found
006d:err:module:import_dll Library libcef.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\cef\\cef.win7\\steamwebhelper.exe") not found
006d:err:module:attach_dlls Importing dlls for L"C:\\Program Files\\Steam\\bin\\cef\\cef.win7\\steamwebhelper.exe" failed, status c0000135

Those are the last lines I see in the debug file. I'm not sure what else to try.

Also I tried installing Steam outside PlayOnMac to first download the AOE files but it won't let me since it's only available for Windows.

@yocontra
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yocontra commented Dec 7, 2019

Hey all - I updated the guide with a notice at the top about the current status. PlayOnMac has a handful of issues preventing this guide from working but they are currently working on fixing them.

https://www.codeweavers.com/about/blogs/ken/2019/10/3/crossover-for-catalina-progress-october-3-2019

@smithynumber2
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smithynumber2 commented Dec 10, 2019

just tried all this today. tried the terminal way. still black screen on the playonmac version. i have already purchased AOE on the regular steam. any clever cookies have anymore ideas?

@Saite66
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Saite66 commented Dec 12, 2019

The point with the Terminal workaround is that it should open AoE directly, without having to press anything within Steam. So, it gets around the Steam Black Screen issue. You do need to have AoE installed and so on before it works, but after that, it should just bypass PlayOnMac and Steam and open AoE (the Terminal solution does use PlayOnMac and Steam, but it opens those in the background for you, then AoE opens by itself, bypassing the Black Screen issue).

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smithynumber2 commented Dec 12, 2019

oh right... i can't get it installed thanks though

@mithatmadra
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mithatmadra commented Dec 19, 2019

i was able to get thru the initial 'black screen of steam' and load a mini version of it. found the thread on reddit:

  1. go to Steam on PlayOnMac
  2. Click on configure
  3. in the 'general' tab, go down to the arguements
  4. type "wine steam.exe -no-browser +open steam://open/minigameslist"
  5. mini version of steam should boot

@mithatmadra
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mithatmadra commented Dec 19, 2019

oh right... i can't get it installed thanks though

i was able to install aoe2 by following the steps above.

update: can install. yet still unable to launch the application.

update 2: finally booted. i had forgotten to go through the launch configuration above.

shit works wooohooo

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SimonJMurphy commented Dec 19, 2019

This minigameslist patch did fix the black screen of steam. Nice!
I was able to install the game. I've not yet been able to run it. I get a dialogue box:
Performing first-time setup. Installing Microsoft VC Redist Package.
Then that box disappears and the game status goes from 'running' to 'syncing' to nothing in a few seconds.
Is anyone else seeing this?

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SimonJMurphy commented Dec 20, 2019

I tried clearing out the .vdf file (221380_install.vdf) as per this thread https://steamcommunity.com/app/221380/discussions/2/828936718634226781/?ctp=3
Alas, no dice. If the VC Redist actually needs installing, I'm not sure where to get it. Advice much appreciated!

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SimonJMurphy commented Dec 20, 2019

I tried fixing the above issue with the two suggestions on this thread. https://www.reddit.com/r/aoe2/comments/3y4hpm/i_just_bought_aoe_hd_and_it_wont_start/

The first one didn't work on its own. I got it working after the second one. Note that it is necessary to Ctrl+c out of the mod synchronisation page.

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mithatmadra commented Dec 20, 2019

I was able to install the game. I've not yet been able to run it. I get a dialogue box:
Performing first-time setup. Installing Microsoft VC Redist Package.
Then that box disappears and the game status goes from 'running' to 'syncing' to nothing in a few seconds.
Is anyone else seeing this?

going through the steps in contra's guidelines 'Finishing/Starting Game' helped me get through that part.

@smithynumber2
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smithynumber2 commented Dec 24, 2019

the mini steam worked. i can't install though it comes up with an" invalid platform " error local files says "disk usage : none" any ideas?

@robmcmackin
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robmcmackin commented Jan 26, 2020

Managed to run mini version of steam to see the game list, but also getting "invalid platform" when trying to install. Hoping someone can save the day and make this guide work.

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mithatmadra commented Jan 27, 2020

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robmcmackin commented Jan 27, 2020

Thanks - yep all followed. I can't get past the actual installation phase though. When I click install via miniSteam it just gives a error message saying Error occured while updating (Invalid Platform).

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s89regt commented Jan 30, 2020

I am able to run mini version of steam, however, when I go install AoE it just gives me an error code saying invalid platform. Anyone know a way around this?

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robmcmackin commented Jan 31, 2020

@s8regt
Figured out we need to be running Steam in Wine in 64bit to run AOE now.

So you need a new virtual drive on PlayOnMac, for steam 64bit, should be possible from this link:
https://www.playonmac.com/en/app-3430-Steam_x64.html

Then, add the argument for ministeam again (wine steam.exe -no-browser +open steam://open/minigameslist)

Run steam, right click install from the games list, then follow the Finishing/Starting the Game instructions above.

Sadly, couldn't get it to work for definitive edition (Steam shows Running... but doesn't launch), but hopefully should work for HD.

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smithynumber2 commented Feb 5, 2020

can anyone confirm that age of empire 2 works? i brought the definitive edition and thats not working . happy to buy just the standard version if someone or people can confirm they've got it to work??? tried the 64bit version with no luck also tried to get are from the playonmac install menu with no luck

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SimonJMurphy commented Feb 5, 2020

can anyone confirm that age of empire 2 works? i brought the definitive edition and thats not working . happy to buy just the standard version if someone or people can confirm they've got it to work??? tried the 64bit version with no luck also tried to get are from the playonmac install menu with no luck

I can confirm that I have the AoE II HD version working on OSX 10.14.6 (Mojave). It runs very well.

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robmcmackin commented Feb 5, 2020

can anyone confirm that age of empire 2 works? i brought the definitive edition and thats not working . happy to buy just the standard version if someone or people can confirm they've got it to work??? tried the 64bit version with no luck also tried to get are from the playonmac install menu with no luck

@smithynumber2 - AOEII - HD Version is not available in Europe, only AOEII (2013) which I think is different, and I haven't tried this or seen anyone post about it. So you could try and see, but fyi it'd be a risk. Let us know if you do anyway ;)

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rayana commented Mar 11, 2020

🎉 Good news! 🎉 I managed to make it work using the bits and tips from all comments above! Thanks everyone! 🙇‍♀️

@contra if you have the chance, can you please make sure this gist gets updated so other folks can enjoy the game? Here's my Gist with the new setup 😸

Here's what worked for me:

AOE2HD - For Mac OSX

  • I followed the steps on this tutorial up until the end of Installing Steam.
  • At this point, if you try to open Steam you will end up with an empty library and no data will load on the application, aka the black screen of death.
  • Follow these steps:
    • go to Steam on PlayOnMac
    • Click on configure
    • in the 'general' tab, go down to the arguments
    • type wine steam.exe -no-browser +open steam://open/minigameslist
    • mini version of Steam should boot
  • Install the game on the mini version of Steam.
  • After the game installs, go back to the original instructions of the installation for Starting Game:
    • Right click Age of Empires II HD in the mini version of Steam
    • Click the "Properties" option
    • Click the "Set launch options" button
    • Type in NoStartUp and click OK
    • Click the Local Files tab, and then click the "Browse local files" button to open the game files folder
    • Delete Launcher.exe
    • Rename AoK HD.exe to Launcher.exe
    • In Steam, click "Play" for Age of Empires

When you try to load the game, you will get stuck on the Validating Subscriptions screen.

Screen Shot 2020-03-11 at 22 12 30

Using the terminal, type the following (without $):

$ Library/PlayOnMac/wineprefix/Steam/drive_c/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/Age2HD
$ open ~ Launcher.exe 

Note: This path is different from the comments left by other folks (comment 1, comment 2), so make sure you play around with the contents of your PlayOnMac directory.

At this point, Steam will load. A pop-up appears with a Critical Error message (see below):

Screen Shot 2020-03-11 at 22 15 05

It reads SteamAPI_RestartAppIfNecessary() has been triggered. Aborting startup.

  • Click "OK", the Steam Login screen shows up.
  • I log in with your credentials...
  • And the game loads! 🎉

Screen Shot 2020-03-11 at 22 27 14

Have fun, folks! 😸


System notes:
macOS High Sierra
Version 10.13.6

@yocontra
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yocontra commented Mar 11, 2020

@rayana Glad you got it working! Most people with issues are running Catalina though, which AFAIK is still unsolved since PlayOnMac (and its underlying libraries) are still being updated for Catalina. I'll update the instructions once the Catalina fix is out, and may need to have two sets of instructions (for high sierra + catalina).

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rayana commented Mar 13, 2020

@contra Awesome, thanks for the reply! 🙇‍♀️

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stwdust commented Mar 18, 2020

Hello,
thank you for all this but i'm still having an issue.
When i try to instal the game, error: "not supporting on your current platform"
i tried few times...
(Im running 10.11.6)
Thanks

@GWilman
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GWilman commented Mar 21, 2020

Hey, anyone know if the Catalina issue is also present on Mojave? Or would the @rayana solution work with that?

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GWilman commented Mar 21, 2020

This forum suggests Mojave will still be okay, so I will hold off updating for a while! https://www.playonlinux.com/en/topic-16558-macOS_Catalina_When_will_PlayOnMac_be_ready.html

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miraj888 commented Mar 22, 2020

I have a problem since my PlayOnMac doesn't even start up. I have updated both my homebrew and PlayOnMac to be on the latest version. Anyone experiencing the same issue?

I am running OS Catalina

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yocontra commented Mar 23, 2020

@miraj888 Please see the note at the top of the page - this does not work on Catalina.

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miraj888 commented Mar 23, 2020

@contra

@miraj888 Please see the note at the top of the page - this does not work on Catalina.

I have read about it but saw someone managed to get a workaround quite recently. I thought that was for Catalina as well. Hope this will get sorted at some point soon.

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bearsfan341 commented Mar 24, 2020

Hi All - does @rayana instruction work for definitive edition on Mojave? I’m getting the black screen of death (no library load) so cant access the game to install.

Also, I’m running a 2013 MacBook Air so am not sure if it can handle the HD version properly.

Thoughts?

@kazungu-steph
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kazungu-steph commented Mar 24, 2020

Hi All,
I have managed to install the game on Steam following the guide. I can also play by myself.
The thing is nothing except the games installed are loading. I cannot see the shop nor friends, community etc...
I've noticed that Steam actually is offline, when I click on the button "Go offline" it says that I am already offline. Hence I cannot play online with my friends, buy games on Steam, chat with people etc.
I have tried several things from what I have read on forums such as putting the argument "-no-cef-sandbox" or clearing my cache and reloading or reinstalling Steam. Nothing works so far.
Anyone having this issue ?

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Cuervo21 commented Mar 28, 2020

Hi All,

thank you for this guide. Sadly, I still haven't been able to install the game. I can't Steam even in the mini version. So basically even after including the argument that rayana has suggested I still get this message: "Error in main. Steam crashed. Select its shortcut and click on "Debug" in the side panel to get more details."

What could I be doing wrong? I have Mojave 10.14.6 on a macbook air.

I still haven't bought the game since I cannot access steam in playonmac. I imagine that that is not the problem though.

Thank you for your answers! Being able to play this game would make my quarantine a lot easier :D

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PVeerk commented Mar 29, 2020

Hi all,

I have problems installing AOE II HD.

My OS is High Sierra 10.13.6, I purchased the game via steam and I made steam running on my mac. However, when I open the game on steam, the "Install" button is not highlighted in blue. Therefore I cannot click on it.

Can anyone tell me what this is about or how I can install it?

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I would be deeply grateful for help on that.

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fabnoe commented Mar 29, 2020

I am using the mini version of steam and i can see the game. But once i install "install" i get a "wrong platform" error? What's wrong?

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hoangdd88 commented Apr 5, 2020

I'm trying to install Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition through PlayonMac. I followed the steps above, except that I installed the 64bit version of Steam (https://www.playonmac.com/en/app-3430-Steam_x64.html). I think I got the game to install by doing the mini Steam version (wine steam.exe -no-browser +open steam://open/minigameslist).

Now I am trying to run the game, but running into an error pop-up message. Anyone know what to do after this step to get it working? Error says: An error occurred while updating Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (app running): 259)

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AOEjamaica commented Apr 10, 2020

Hello everyone. I am no developer or "techie" but following the instructions by rayana and contra I was able to install AOE II. There is one exception for me: I was able to get the game playing by double-clicking on Launcher.exe when accessed through "Browse local file" by right-clicking on 'Age of Empires II (2013)' and selecting 'Properties'.. Hopefully this may help others.

I am having problems with installing AoE II: DE. When Steam opens in the mini version, and I then right-click and select "install" I get an error message saying "An error occurred while updating Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (invalid platform)" underneath in the same message box I see "See the Steam support site for more information".

Could someone please help me / instruct me on what to do to get the AOE2: DE expansion installed.

Oh by the way I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.6

I would greatly appreciate it.

One love,
Brandon

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jpdenford commented Apr 13, 2020

Thank you @rayana!
Following your instructions worked on my MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016) on Mojave (10.14.6).
I followed up to deleting / replacing the launcher and then it just worked (no need to go further).
Note: I didn't try without replacing launcher, so if anyone else is reading this it might be worth a shot just in case.

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jaydave22 commented Apr 17, 2020

Thank you all, ive got stuck, managed to download AoE2: DE on the miniSteam. ive tried to delete the Launcher.exe file but it does not appear once i click "Browse local file". Lots of other files and folders, would it be called anything else? and also can not find the AoK?
I have tried to "Play game" on miniSteam but the programme says Running but no other window pops up.
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@gireeshmg
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gireeshmg commented Apr 17, 2020

I am still getting "Invalid Platform" on installing AOE2 DE using the miniSteam. Can someone help me

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Kingarthur10bc commented Apr 18, 2020

Hi there I saw this message after playing the game successfully for a week, not sure what to do! Any others had this problem?

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Liberator49 commented May 2, 2020

Please help,

i have done all the steps above and have installed the game successfully, when i run the game a box pops up saying
'program error'
'The program (unidentified) has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. we are sorry for there inconvienience'

anyone had this?
I've tried the steps again and no joy.

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alobassmann commented Jul 18, 2020

Please help,

i have done all the steps above and have installed the game successfully, when i run the game a box pops up saying
'program error'
'The program (unidentified) has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. we are sorry for there inconvienience'

anyone had this?
I've tried the steps again and no joy.

I am having the same issue. Any work arounds?

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QueenCeline5 commented Aug 3, 2020

Please help,

i have done all the steps above and have installed the game successfully, when i run the game a box pops up saying
'program error'
'The program (unidentified) has encountered a serious problem and needs to close. we are sorry for there inconvienience'

anyone had this?
I've tried the steps again and no joy.

Hi! I received the same error, but even before I got to being able to run the game. I ended up installing Steam version 4.21 instead of the latest one. With that version, the rest of the steps worked and I am successfully able to play. Maybe try that?

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yocontra commented Aug 4, 2020

It looks like PlayOnMac is updated for Catalina now - I will work on updating the guide and post again when it has been published.

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QueenCeline5 commented Aug 4, 2020

It looks like PlayOnMac is updated for Catalina now - I will work on updating the guide and post again when it has been published.

Hi Contra!

That would be AWESOME! Then my sister can play :) Thanks for putting so much work into this. We appreciate it.

@yogie89
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yogie89 commented Aug 19, 2020

hi @contra, is the guide rules same like before for catalina support?

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yocontra commented Aug 19, 2020

@yogie89 I have tried getting this working on Catalina - PlayOnMac does work on Catalina now, however there are some caveats: it only supports one version of wine, and it happens to be a version that steam does not work on easily. I'm still working on figuring out how to get steam to work on that specific version of wine and will update the instructions when I have it working. I did update the instructions a few days ago with newer PlayOnMac instructions and some steam instructions that may possibly work, so YMMV.

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Ajayvikram10 commented Mar 19, 2021

I am on the mini steam. When I right-click on AoE to update the properties, no window pops up. Any ideas >

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PaulsBecks commented Mar 23, 2021

It's the same for me. @Ajayvikram10 did you find a solution?

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yocontra commented Mar 25, 2021

Hey everyone - still no dice w/ PlayOnMac. Made multiple attempts today and still as broken as it was a year ago.

I've updated the README to encourage users to install VMware Fusion 12+ if they want to play the game - I think longterm this is going to make the most sense given how flaky all of this other stuff is.

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tomglynch commented Mar 25, 2021

@Ajayvikram10 @PaulsBecks @contra I got it working on Catalina and I believe also Big Sur (on a friends computer). I followed @rayana's gist from above: https://gist.github.com/rayana/43f8439cb89ca0336b94dd0b1adb4eee, but also follow these tips:

extra tips (things that may differ from the guide):

  • Install PlayOnMac and AOE2
  • control double click thing doesnt work, don't worry about it.
  • make these the arguments: wine steam.exe -no-browser +open steam://open/minigameslist
  • in 'configure wine', do windows 7 not windows XP

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nathanjansen commented Mar 25, 2021

@tomglynch worked! Thanks you very much :D

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falkst9 commented Apr 2, 2021

I am on the mini steam. When I right-click on AoE to update the properties, no window pops up. Any ideas >

It was the same for me, so i just started the game and skipped the other steps.. works like a charm although I have no idea why

System notes:
macOS High Sierra
Version 10.13.6

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falkst9 commented Apr 2, 2021

Also many thanks to contra and rayana for putting in all the work

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tristanubaldi commented Apr 8, 2021

I found another solution : Porting Kit (https://portingkit.com/download). After 3 days looking for a solution with playonmac for nothing, Porting Kit allowed me to play AoEII after a few minutes, it's the best solution. I hope it work also for you !

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nathanjansen commented Apr 8, 2021

I found another solution : Porting Kit (https://portingkit.com/download). After 3 days looking for a solution with playonmac for nothing, Porting Kit allowed me to play AoEII after a few minutes, it's the best solution. I hope it work also for you !

I tried this and now I am running AOE DE on my macbook :)
Besides a few stutters it actually performs really well. Thank you very much for sharing!

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ludragoon commented Jun 28, 2021

I am on the mini steam. When I right-click on AoE to update the properties, no window pops up. Any ideas >

It was the same for me, so i just started the game and skipped the other steps.. works like a charm although I have no idea why

System notes:
macOS High Sierra
Version 10.13.6

I get to this stage too and no dice. I don't get a pop up either when I right-click properties in the mini-steam, and I tried launching the game with no success, I get the error:
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I am using a Mabook Air Big Sur 11.4, any suggestions please?

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digitalcleavage commented Jul 9, 2021

I found another solution : Porting Kit (https://portingkit.com/download). After 3 days looking for a solution with playonmac for nothing, Porting Kit allowed me to play AoEII after a few minutes, it's the best solution. I hope it work also for you !

Thank you SOOOOOOO much for mentioning Porting Kit! I tried to get PlayOnMac to work for hours and Porting Kit had me playing AOE2HD in <10 minutes. Amazing... thank you again and again!!!

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yocontra commented Jul 9, 2021

Hey everyone - I've updated the gist with working instructions using Porting Kit. Enjoy!

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ludragoon commented Jul 13, 2021

thank you Contra, this worked! Appreciate all the support.

Hey everyone - I've updated the gist with working instructions using Porting Kit. Enjoy!

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moneyfloyd commented Jul 18, 2021

I have followed all the instructions with downloading Porting Kit, but when I get into Steam I don't have the option to Install AOE2? Can anyone offer any kind of help or suggestions?

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digitalcleavage commented Jul 18, 2021

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moneyfloyd commented Jul 18, 2021

Did you buy AOE2?

On Sun, Jul 18, 2021 at 5:01 PM moneyfloyd @.> wrote: @.* commented on this gist. ------------------------------ I have followed all the instructions with downloading Porting Kit, but when I get into Steam I don't have the option to Install AOE2? Can anyone offer any kind of help or suggestions? — You are receiving this because you commented. Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub https://gist.github.com/554f541f7fa93c12499e0829439860eb#gistcomment-3817337, or unsubscribe https://github.com/notifications/unsubscribe-auth/APN5XHWPSERFRY6ZTRXHEJ3TYM6JJANCNFSM4HHWRCVA .

Ahhh yes, I accidentally downloaded DE instead of HD edition. I'm now in but having problem with it "validating subscriptions" whatever that means.

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Marvin9 commented Aug 3, 2021

Thanks @contra 🙏🏻 Worked smoothly on Mac m1.

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chuntley4090 commented Aug 10, 2021

im getting stuck on the wrapper configure where it says "installing winetrick d3dx9" and it doesnt complete

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thefunkyskull commented Sep 29, 2021

Thank you

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GravelKicker commented Oct 20, 2021

Works perfectly!

@contra will this same process work for AOE 4 coming out 10/28/21?

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yocontra commented Oct 21, 2021

@GravelKicker Likely yes you could install it in the same Steam instance

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