How To Use Wine on Linux - Quick Guide

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how to use wine on Linux

Don’t know how to use Wine on Linux to run Windows software? Wine development has completely transformed the way to install and run apps on your Linux operating system.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to install it and use it. So, let’s go!

How To Install Wine on Linux

1. Press CTRL+ALT+T to launch the terminal and run the “lscpu” command to check your system architecture.

checking system architecture on Linux

2. To install Wine on the x86 version, type “sudo apt-get install wine32“. Or, execute “sudo apt-get install wine64” for x64 version.

installing wine on Linux

3. Verify Wine installation with “wine –version“.

checking wine version on Linux

How To Use Wine on Linux

Before using Wine on your system, you should configure it first:

1. Type “winecfg” in the terminal and hit Enter. This creates a Windows home directory for wine.

2. Select the Windows Version from the drop-down menu, click Apply, and then OK.

selecting a Windows version on Wine Linux

3. To install a Windows program using Wine, first download its “.exe” or “.msi” file. For instance, I’ll download the Notepad++ installer file for Windows.

downloading notepad on linux

4. Navigate to the Downloads directory with cd.

navigating to Downloads directory on Linux

5. Execute the downloaded installer file using the “wine installer_file_name” command.

Installing Notepad++ using Wine on Linux

6. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

Completing Notepad++ setup on Linux

7. Now, your Windows app is ready to use on Linux.

Using notepad on linux

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So, now you know how to use Wine on Linux. Feel free to share which Windows app you have installed with Wine in the comments below!

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