How To Install Wine to Run Windows Software on Ubuntu

Wine is a free and open source application that aims to allow applications designed for Microsoft Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems. Wine also provides a software library, known as Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Unix-like systems.

Wine is a compatibility layer. It duplicates functions of Windows by providing alternative implementations of the DLLs that Windows programs call and a process to substitute for the Windows NT kernel. This method of duplication differs from other methods that might also be considered emulation, where Windows programs run in a virtual machine. In this article we are installing wine 1.7.25 version on Ubuntu 14.04.

Installing latest version of Wine

Wine website provides updated packages for a number of distributions (Ubuntu, Debian, RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, Suse, Slackware and FreeBSD) making installation simple and straightforward. To install it in Ubuntu you will have to add the repository to the system and just use the apt-get install command, this will also make it easy to update wine in the future by just using apt-get upgrade. The bellow command will also automatically install any extra dependencies you may need.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine1.7

wine repository

wine version

Installing a Windows application

Installing a Windows application using Wine is just as simple as installing it on the native operating system. After downloading the installation executable (in this case i chose foobar2013 - a nice media player), you can just click the executable and the installation wizard will open up, exactly like it would do on Windows.

wine software instalation

Now you will just need to click the Next button thorough the following windows to install the application just as you would on a Windows system.

wine install foobar

After you're done you can run the application from the installer or from the Ubuntu button just like you would run any other Linux application.

wine application

Wine offers great support for most of Windows application, you can check the Wine AppDB Website for a list of applications and how well they run.

Adrian Dinu 8:51 am

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I’ve been a Linux enthusiast since 1998 and been working as a Linux Admin in the past 8 years with a lot of love for computers and networks.

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