This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to easily install Wine 6.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.
For those who don’t know Wine, it is a Linux emulator that allows users to run applications designed for Windows in Linux environment.
Linux is great and you may never need to run Microsoft Windows. One fact that you should not forget, it is very, very hard to avoid Windows in our society today.
If you don’t want to run Windows but need an app that is only available on Windows, Wine might be used instead. Although, not many apps are compatible with Wine.
Wine 6.0 has gone though a very long development timeline. It includes over 8,300 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements that are listed in the release notes below.
The areas of major changes are:
- Core modules in PE format.
- Vulkan backend for WineD3D.
- DirectShow and Media Foundation support.
- Text console redesign.
To install Wine, use the steps below:
Prepare Linux host
Before installing Wine, run the command below to enable the 32-bit architecture.
sudo apt update sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Add Wine Repository
After installing the package above, run the commands below to add Wine package repository and key.
wget -qO - https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key | sudo apt-key add -
Add the repository
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'
Now that the repository is added, run the commands below to install Wine.
sudo apt update sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
Wine should be installed and ready to use. You can begin installing applications designed for Windows with Wine environment.
For example, you can quickly install this Windows app called Rufus.
Download the app to Ubuntu and install it via Wine.
cd ~/Downloads wine rufus-3.13.exe
You’ll be prompted to install required packages. That should launch Wine install command and begin installing the app.
After a brief moment, the app should be installed and ready to use.
Enjoy your Windows apps in Linux.
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