How to Install Wine In Ubuntu

In this article, we are going to learn How to install Wine in Ubuntu. Wine is an open-source application that can be used to install Microsoft Windows applications in a Linux operating system. Initially, the Wine is developed by Alexandre Julliard on the year 1993 using C & Java programming language and released under GNU v2 License. Wine is a cross-platform application that supports operating systems like Linux, Unix, FreeBSD, macOS.

Normally if you want to install MS windows application’s in Linux you might think about installing the windows OS virtually in Linux and install all application’s in that. but this process consumes more space and also memory. But Wine integrates windows applications directly in Linux and saves lots of memory and spaces. Wine supports various windows applications, Games, Graphic design software, and so on. Here in this article, we are going to install the most stable version of Wine i.e. Wine in Ubuntu.

Follow the below steps to install Wine in Ubuntu:

As a first step, you have to add 32 Bit architecture using the below command if you are using 64 Bit of Ubuntu operating system. This will help you to install 32 Bit of windows applications in your 64-bit operating system.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386   # Add 32 Bit Architecture

Now we have to download and install Wine Release key package. use the below command to download the Release key from the official website of Wine.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ wget   # Download Release Key for Wine
--2017-10-14 23:29:58--
Resolving (,,, ...
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 3122 (3.0K) [application/pgp-keys]
Saving to: ‘Release.key’

Release.key                                100%[=====================================================================================>]   3.05K  --.-KB/s    in 0s      

2017-10-14 23:29:59 (62.9 MB/s) - ‘Release.key’ saved [3122/3122]

As you can see below I have downloaded the Release key file for the Wine application.

linuxbook@ubuntu:~$ ls Release.key 

Use the below command to add the Release Key repository to your Ubuntu repository list.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-key add Release.key   # Add Release Key Repository

Now add the repository using the below command to download and install Wine builds for Ubuntu operating system.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-add-repository

After all the above steps so let’s update the packages and repositories of Ubuntu using the below command to take effect.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update   # Update Packages & Repositories
Hit:1 xenial InRelease                  
Get:2 xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Get:3 xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]        
Get:4 xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Get:5 xenial InRelease [4,701 B]                                                                                               
Get:6 xenial/main amd64 Packages [19.2 kB]
Get:7 xenial/main i386 Packages [19.0 kB]
Fetched 349 kB in 1min 32s (3,784 B/s)
Reading package lists... Done

Now use the below command to install Wine stable version. You can directly run the command “sudo apt-get install winehq-stable” to install the winehq-stable package but by adding –install-recommends the command will install the winehq-stable package with all recommended packages and dependencies.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable   # Install Wine Package

Now we have successfully installed the Wine Package. To configure it we have to run the below command.

itsmarttricks@ubuntu:~$ winecfg   # Configure the Wine application

After run the above command, The application will prompt to install two more dependencies i.e. Wine Mono Installer and Wine Gecko Installer. So when it will prompt for the same just click on Install button to install the dependencies. Refer the snapshots below.

Install Wine Mono Installer :

Click on the Install button to install Mono Installer Package.

How to Install Wine In Ubuntu
Install Wine Mono Installer

Install Wine Gecko Installer :

Click on the Install button to install Gecko Installer Package.

How to Install Wine In Ubuntu
Install Wine Gecko Installer

After installation of the above package, the Wine Configuration page will open. Here you have to select your preferred operating system from the dropdown list. Refer to the snapshot below.

How to Install Wine In Ubuntu
Configure Wine 2.O Application

Now we are ready with Wine Stable version and we can install any windows application using Wine. For testing purposes, I am going to install the Windows version of the VLC media player. Refer to the steps below.

Just download the VLC Media Player .exe file. Right Click on the Setup file and Click on Wine Windows Program Loader.

How to Install Wine In Ubuntu
Install Windows Application Using Wine

After the above step the VLC media player installation process will start. the installation steps are very simple. Here below I have mentioned possible snapshots.

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Click On Next

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Click On Finish

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VLC Media Player

Also Read – How to Install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu

That’s all, In this article, we have explained the Installation of Wine In Ubuntu. I hope you enjoy this article. If you like this article, then just share it. If you have any questions about this article, please comment.

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