How to Install WINE on Linux Mint 17.1 to Run Windows Apps

WINE is basically a program that we can use to install the Windows based .exe package on the UNIX-LINUX Operating systems with the help of its compatibility layer that allows the Linux users to run windows applications on it. So in today’s article we will guide you with the help of snapshots the basic steps to install and configure WINE on Linux-Mint 17.1 Operating system. Other than its installation and configurations we will show how you can easily install the windows based software application on Linux Mint by using WINE.

Starting From Linux Mint

Lets's start from the Linux Mint and login to your KDE desktop user where you need to setup WINE installations.

Mint KDE Desktop

Now from the left bottom corner click on Kickoff application launcher to open console as a root terminal to start the installation of WINE from command line.

Mint Root console

WINE Installation Through PPA

After launching the root terminal from the Linux-Mint KDE desktop, now we will start the installation of Wine with the help of PPA (Personal Package Archives) to get the required repositories to our local system and then update operating system as in following steps.

STEP 1: Add PPA Repository

With the help following command we will add the PPA repository the Wine team has created to easily install it on Ubuntu and other similar distributions.

#add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa


STEP 2: Update System

Now run the following commands to update the system with latest added repositories

#apt-get update

STEP 3: Install WINE
Our system has been updated with recently added PPA repository for WINE. Now install the latest version of Wine with the help of following command.

#apt-get install wine1.7

Install Wine

Configuring WINE Through Web

After we have successfully installed the Wine using PPA, now we will configure it first time before using it.

STEP 1: Launch Wine Configuration

Choosing from the application bar there is a newly installed application WINE is present. So, Expand it and click on to configure Wine.

Wine Application

STEP 2: Installing Wine Dependencies

Wine configuration setup will ask to install the missing Wine dependencies in order to complete its setup to configure wine on the system. Most probably it requires wine Gecko installer and wine Mono installer.

Wine Dependency

STEP 3: Finish Wine Configurations

We had successfully installed the dependencies and to configure wine. Now click press the OK button and start using Wine. Here is the Wine Configuration Settings.

Wine Configurations

Testing with Wine Application Loader

Now we will test the Wine installer that how it works to install Microsoft Windows based applications to run on Linux based operating systems. Let's see how it does this in following few steps.

STEP 1: Download Windows .EXE package

Open your web browser and download any .exe package like we are downloading the .exe package of Internet Download Manager here.

IDM Package

STEP 2: Launch Wine Windows Program Loader

Point to the position where you had downloaded the .exe package. Then right click to it and then click on Open with Wine Windows Program Loader to launch the setup.

Wine Windows Loader

STEP 3: Complete the Installation Wizard

The next procedure is the same as like we do in windows operating system to install any software package. So choose the appropriate options and then click on NEXT to FINISH the setup.

IDM setup

Wine Windows Program Successful

Great! we are now ready to use Windows software package of Internet download Manager on Linux-Mint 17.1 and its now ready to use without any conflict. Create its desktop shortcut and click to Launch

Launch IDM


Linux is one of the best operating system with its many supporting features but its still missing some important software packages that we find from other sources. So, its good to know that you are now quite familiar with WINE that is a complete open source application to provide you with the facility to install Windows based applications on Linux distributions.


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  1. ed says:

    This is great!! I had to replace my main board and windows 10 will not activate. So instead of going back to windows 8 then another update, I am thinking about switching but not sure Wine would let me use MS office, etc.. seems as if it will.. but what about my data on my NAS, its most likely keyed to windows.. have you any experience in this kind of switch?

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