Wine is a free implementation of the Microsoft Windows API for the linux platform and it is used to run windows applications on linux.
However it has limitations and cannot run all applications.
Wine is included in the base repositories of distros like Ubuntu and Debian, so can be installed easily from apt.
Search for wine in your package cache using the aptitude command.
We are doing it on a 64bit debian system.
$ aptitude search ^wine i wine - Windows API implementation - standard suite p wine-doc - Windows API implementation - documentation i A wine64-bin - Windows API implementation - binary loader p winetricks - package manager for WINE to install software easily
Good, we found wine. Now install it right away.
# apt-get install wine
After the installation completes, run wine from the command line
It would popup a dialog box saying the following
This is the wine64-bin helper package, which does not provide wine itself, but instead exists solely to provide the following information about enabling multiarch on your system in order to be able to install and run the 32-bit wine packages. The following commands should be issued as root or via sudo in order to enable multiarch (the last command installs 32-bit wine): # dpkg --add-architecture i386 # apt-get update # apt-get install wine-bin:i386 Be very careful as spaces matter above. Note that this package (wine64-bin) will be removed in the process. For more information on the multiarch conversion, see: http://wiki.debian.org/Multiarch/HOWTO
The output is telling us, that we need to enable the i386 packages on Debian to be able to install wine. So now following the instructions showed in that dialog. Run the commands in exact sequence
# dpkg --add-architecture i386 # apt-get update
Install i386 (32bit) Wine packages
Now if you search wine, it will show the additional 32bit packages
# aptitude search ^wine i wine - Windows API implementation - standard suit p wine:i386 - Windows API implementation - standard suit v wine-bin - p wine-bin:i386 - Windows API implementation - binary loader p wine-doc - Windows API implementation - documentation i A wine64-bin - Windows API implementation - binary loader #
Now go ahead and install wine:i386 package.
# apt-get install wine:i386
It will download around 90MB, depending on what packages are already installed on your debian system.
After installation run again to confirm that its installed properly
# wine --version wine-1.4.1
As we can see, we just installed wine 1.4.1 Now in the application menu, somewhere you would find a Wine Configuration option. Click it and a window like this should popup.
Run Notepad on Wine
Now you can run the windows notepad application from wine. Just execute the command notepad from the terminal.
Install winetricks on debian
Winetricks is a gui script that can be used to install some windows applications on linux to be used with wine. It needs the zenity library to run. The zenity library allows to create gtk based gui dialogs from the command line or bash scripts.
It might not be installed on debian by default, depending on what desktop system you are using. So first install zenity.
# apt-get install zenity
Now download winetricks script
$ wget http://winetricks.org/winetricks
And make it executable with chmod
$ chmod +x winetricks
Now run winetricks
It will popup a dialog box with instructions. Follow the instructions and install the application you like.
Winetricks can also be used from the commandline
$ ./winetricks apps list
The above command will list all the applications available. Follow this tutorial for more instructions on how to use winetricks from the commandline.
Install latest version of Wine
We saw above that the debian repositories provide an outdated version of wine. The latest version can be installed from the wine website.
Download latest Wine
To install the latest version of wine download the deb packages from the following urlhttp://dev.carbon-project.org/debian/wine-unstable/
Download the correct packages from the amd64 or x86 category depending on your system architecture.
Next we shall install gdebi which can be used to install the deb packages. The dpkg command can also be used to install the deb packages, but it does not install the dependencies automatically. gdebi does this.
# apt-get install gdebi
Now, we shall use gdebi to install all the deb files downloaded in the previous step. However first we need to install a few additional packages.
# aptitude install libc6-dev-i386 oss-compat lib32z1 # aptitude install libc6-i386 # aptitude install ia32-libs
Now install wine debs.
# gdebi libwine-* # gdebi wine-*
So now wine should be installed properly. Check the version to confirm
# wine --version wine-1.5.5
Note that if you installed wine from debian repositories previously, then you need to remove it first.
# aptitude remove libwine-bin:i386
Now launch the wine configuration window like before. It would prompt you to download gecko. Click OK to download gecko. This is used to render webpages in the applications.
Next, when launching wine applications it would show a message like this
It appears that libnss-mdns is installed on your system, but lib32nss-mdns is not. Please note that Wine will not be able to access the Internet unless you either install lib32nss-mdns (or ia32-libnss-mdns), or uninstall libnss-mdns.
Fix this by installing the necessary packages.
# aptitude install lib32nss-mdns
Now wine applications should start without any notice or messages.
After doing all the above, if you encounter dependency errors, then try using the following command
# apt-get install -f
It installs the necessary packages from broken packages and attempts to fix broken dependency errors.
Now you should have wine installed properly on your Debian machine.
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