Install Wine On Ubuntu

In this post I will show you how to quickly setup and install Wine on Ubuntu. You can use Wine to install iTunes, install Photoshop, or other Windows software and games natively in Ubuntu without the need for a virtual machine. For more information about Wine you can check the official website.

Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.

Installing Wine

Step 1: Open up a fresh terminal window using CTRL+ALT+T.

Ubuntu Install Wine Step 1

Step 2: Update repositories and package lists. (sudo apt-get update)

Ubuntu Install Wine Step 2

Step 3: Run sudo apt-get install wine to install Wine and its dependencies automatically.

Ubuntu Install Wine Step 3

While Wine is installing you will be prompted to agree with installing MS fonts and then the installation will finish. Now you can run Winetricks or simply run your executables by right clicking and selecting Open With > Wine Windows Program Loader. Some programs may have compatibility issues but you can sometimes fix this by opening winecfg and changing your Windows version (by default it was Windows XP when I installed but I changed it to Windows 7).

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