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Installing Wine — Real world tested procedures

Your Linux distribution may include Wine in its repositories, but that version of Wine may not be the latest stable version, or perhaps you want or need a more recent development version of Wine. Or Wine is not included in your distribution's repositories. For any of these situations, this site's procedures for manual installation of Wine will be helpful.

Instructions for Installing Wine

Supported Distros

antiX   17   19

Bodhi   5

Debian   8   9   10

Elementary OS   5

Fedora Workstation   30   31

Fedora Games Spin   30

Fedora Spins & Labs   30   31

Linux Lite   4

Linux Mint   18   19

Manjaro   18

MX Linux   18   19

OpenSUSE Leap   15

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed   2020 02 05

Peppermint   10

Pop!_OS   18.04   19.10

Solus   4

SparkyLinux   5 Stable
  2020 Semi Rolling
  2020 Game Over

Ubuntu & flavors   16.04 LTS   18.04 LTS   19.10

Ubuntu Flavors: Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu

Zorin OS Core   15

Zorin OS Lite   15

Distros Past End of Life

Fedora   29

Ubuntu & flavors   18.10   19.04

Supported Distros

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antiX 19

antiX, a Debian based distro, offers a minimalist desktop experience and a tiny footprint, making it a candidate for old hardware with limited resources, but it also can serve as an agile OS for larger machines. Some have opined that those who are technically inclined will be most comfortable with antiX. From the antiX web site: "The goal of antiX is to provide a light, but fully functional and flexible free operating system for both newcomers and experienced users of Linux" and "antiX is a fast, lightweight and easy to install systemd-free linux live CD distribution based on Debian Stable for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems … suitable for old and new computers."

Screenshot Bodhi 5

Bodhi 5

Follow the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS procedure for installing Wine.

Bodhi 5 is an aesthetically pleasing very light weight distribution (minimum requirements: 256 MB RAM, 500 MHz CPU) with very few pre-installed applications but with an AppCenter enabling inclusion of the applications that one really needs. From Bodhi's live installer, "Bodhi Linux is a Linux based operating system built on top of Ubuntu Long Term Support releases. Our goal is to provide a stable, but minimalistic, operating system that can stay out of the user's way. We have a new major release every 2~ years when a new Ubuntu LTS releases. Every release is supported for 5~ years until the Ubuntu LTS base runs out of support."

Screenshot Debian 8
Screenshot Debian 9
Screenshot Debian 10

Debian 10

Debian, the foundation for Ubuntu and many other distributions, emphasizes stability with free and open source software. Some have expressed the opinion that Debian is a good option for those already having a solid Linux background, while many of its derivative distros are ideal for those new to Linux.

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Elementary OS 5

Elementary OS is a derivative of Ubuntu with a gentle learning curve for users new to Linux and accommodating to MacIntosh users, including explicit acknowledgement of the Apple Command key ⌘.

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Fedora Workstation 31

Fedora describes Fedora Workstation as follows. "Created for Developers. Fedora Workstation is a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system for your laptop or desktop computer. It supports a wide range of developers, from hobbyists and students to professionals in corporate environments."

The Fedora Project is sponsored by Red Hat along with other companies. Fedora aims to be innovative with leading edge technologies. In this role, it serves as an upstream development source for Enterprise Red Hat Linux.

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Fedora 30 Games Spin

Follow the Fedora 30 procedure for installing Wine.

About Fedora Games

A list of games that come pre-installed in Fedora Games distros is at Window Icon

Fedora Workstation 30 and 31 have no pre-installed games, but both include gnome-software (aka the "Software" desktop app), which supports installation of any of 249 games in Fedora Workstation 30 and 246 games in Fedora Workstation 31. Fedora 30 Games Spin has 82 pre-installed games but gnome-software is not installed. Installing gnome-software in Fedora 30 Games Spin brings the number of games to 248, which number includes the 82 pre-installed games. gnome-software can be installed in Terminal by sudo dnf install gnome-software.

As far as I can determine, no official .iso for Fedora 31 Games Spin is offered, but Fedora 30 Games Spin is easily upgraded to Fedora 31, and the pre-installed games are retained. There is a Fedora 32 Games Live Rawhide in Fedora Alternative Downloads under Testing Images > Nightly builds.

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Fedora 30 Spins & Labs
Fedora 31 Spins & Labs

Not tested, but following the Fedora 30 or the Fedora 31 procedure for installing Wine should work.

Fedora Spins offers distributions with alternate desktops: KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXQt, mate-compiz (classic Fedora plus 3D windows manager), Cinnamon, LXDE, SoaS. Window Icon

Fedora Labs "is a selection of curated bundles of purpose-driven software and content as curated and maintained by members of the Fedora Community. These may be installed as standalone full versions of Fedora or as add-ons to existing Fedora installations." Currently available distributions: Astronomy, Design Suite, Python Classroom, Security Lab, Robotics Suite. Window Icon

Fedora Custom Spins currently lists Fedora Electronic Lab, LXDE, Security Lab, Sugar on a Stick, BROffice, Moblin, Design, Fedora Games Spin, and Xfce Spin. Links to these are at Window Icon.

Fedora Alternative Downloads "are either special-purpose – for testing, for specific architectures – or are more standard versions of Fedora in alternative formats such network installer format or formatted for bittorrent download." Window Icon

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Linux Lite 4

Follow the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS procedure for installing Wine.

Linux Lite is a light weight disribution based on Ubuntu's long term support (LTS) distributions and designed to be accessible to new users, particularly those familiar with Microsoft Windows. According to the Linux Lite website, "Linux Lite is free for everyone to use and share and is particularly suited to those trying a Linux based operating system for the first time or for those who would like to revive older hardware."

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Linux Mint 19

Linux Mint is derived from Ubuntu and is considered a good choice for those who are moving from Windows to Linux. Mulitmedia support is a strength. One can choose among three desktops, Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. Cinnamon is the most modern and the most resource intensive, Xfce is better for lower powered machines, while MATE occupies the middle ground.

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Manjaro 18

Manjaro Linux, derived from Arch Linux, is described as user-friendly with a rolling release model aiming to keep up-to-date with the latest applications. Configuration options include "stable" — the default — or "bleeding edge". Xfce, KDE, and GNOME are standard desktop options. KDE has been characterized as resource intensive.

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MX Linux 19

MX Linux is a user friendly version of Debian stable that is easy to configure. According to the MX Linux website, MX Linux "is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance, and medium-sized footprint."

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OpenSUSE Leap 15

openSUSE Leap aims to provide a highly usable desktop environment for new and experienced Linux users and has the specific goal of serving Linux developers and software vendors. openSUSE Leap is a fixed release for which a new version is released every eight or nine months and is based on the more conservative and stable code base of SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Screenshot OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed

As with openSUSE Leap, openSUSE Tumbleweed aims to provide a highly usable desktop environment for new and experienced Linux users and has the specific goal of serving Linux developers and software vendors. Unlike openSUSE Leap, openSUSE Tumbleweed is a rolling release distribution continually updated with up-to-date stable free software.

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Peppermint 10

Follow the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS procedure for installing Wine.

Peppermint is described as fast and lightweight, on the one hand supporting older hardware (including 32-bit machines) and on the other hand integrating with cloud-based and web-based applications. A goal of the Peppermint development team is "providing a fast, web-centric operating system that's easy to learn and effective when put in use."

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Pop!_OS 18.04

Follow the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS procedure for installing Wine.

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Pop!_OS 19.10

Follow the Ubuntu 19.10 LTS procedure for installing Wine.

The System76 home page says it best. "We believe the computer and operating system are the most powerful and versatile tools ever created. We're building an OS for the software developer, maker, and computer science professional who uses their computer as a tool to discover and create. … Everyone from hobbyist to factory automation professionals can leverage vast open source tools and a vibrant hardware ecosystem to create incredible robots to do nearly anything."

Of note — "Pop!_OS encrypts your installation by default and is the only distro that enables full-disk encryption out-of-the box … . A unique and private encryption key is generated during setup … ."

Screenshot Solus 4

Solus 4

Solus is a lightweight distribution based on the Linux kernel and which originated from a Debian base but has grown uniquely and independently of any other distribution. It is a curated rolling release which continually updates. "Install today. Updates forever." According to the Solus websiteNew Window Icon, "Solus is an operating system that is designed for home computing."

Screenshot Sparky Linux 5
Screenshot Sparky Linux 2020 Semi-Rolling
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SparkyLinux 2020 Game Over

Includes 84 pre-installed games

SparkyLinux supports about twenty desktop environments and window managers. Those new to Linux are welcome, though Sparky Linux is not specifically targeted to beginners. Two flavors are offered: stable based on Debian stable and, for more advanced users, testing, a semi-rolling release distribution based on Debian testing. There are also three special editions: GameOver for gamers, Multimedia with support for audio, video and HTML creativity , and Rescue which has tools for operating system repair.

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Screenshot Ubuntu 18.04
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Ubuntu 19.10

Ubuntu is based on Debian and is a popular first version of Linux for people who desire to try or transition to Linux. New versions of Ubuntu are released every six months with support for nine months, except every two years when a long term support (LTS) version is released and supported for five years. Ubuntu comes with the relatively resource-intensive Gnome desktop. Lesser machines may perform better with one of the Ubuntu flavors, notably Lubuntu or Xubuntu.

The official flavors of Ubuntu tailor the flagship distribution to specific needs or interests. To install Wine on any flavor of Ubuntu, follow the procedure for Ubuntu. The same is true for many other distributions based on Ubuntu.


Kubuntu is a user-friendly Linux distribution most immediately notable for its fully customizable KDE Plasma desktop. From the Kubuntu website, "Our mission is to provide the latest stable KDE software, which includes the flagship project Plasma, our desktop environment on top of a stable Ubuntu core."


From the Lubuntu web site, "Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE/LXQT, and a selection of light applications. Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements." The light applications include Abiword and Gnumeric, lightweight alternatives to LibreOffice.

Ubuntu Budgie

From the Ubuntu Budgie website, "Ubuntu Budgie is a community developed distribution, integrating the Budgie Desktop Environment with Ubuntu at its core. Whether you are using it on an old computer, or a powerful workstation, Ubuntu Budgie is adaptable to any device, keeping them fast and usable." For those used to Mac OS X there is an applet that implements the OS X Hot Corners functionality.

Ubuntu Kylin

According to the Ubuntu Kylin installation slideshow, "Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavor of Ubuntu, specifically endeavored to tailor an open source desktop operating system with distinct Chinese characteristics." states that Ubuntu Kylin offers a user interface localized to Simplified Chinese. Other languages are also supported, including English. Wikipedia states that users can download and install the Sogou Input MethodNew Window Icon for Linux. Applications include Chinese alternatives to the usual Western apps. The desktop, UKUI, is "Windows-like".

Ubuntu MATE

According to the Ubuntu MATE website, Ubuntu MATE "is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes modern computers fast and old computers usable." Included is MATE Tweak which enables a desktop similar to either Windows or Mac OS X (Redmond or Cupertino).

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is targeted at professional and enthusiast multi-media creators. From the Ubuntu Studio website, "We provide the full range of multimedia content creation applications for each of our workflows: audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing." Wikipedia's Ubuntu Studio pageNew Window Icon lists about forty apps covering all aspects of these workflows.


Xubuntu uses the light and configurable Xfce desktop. From the Xubuntu documentation, Xubuntu "is perfect for those who want to make the most of their desktops, laptops and netbooks, featuring a modern look and enough features for efficient, daily usage. It works well on older hardware too."

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Zorin OS 15 Core

"The core essentials. Windows & Touch desktop layouts only. Useful accessories and utilities." (From the Zorin OS Download page.)

Zorin OS Core accommodates new users by providing desktop options not unlike familiar Windows user interfaces, and its integration of Wine's technology seamlessly supports Windows apps that run on Linux using the Wine compatibility layer. Zorin OS Core is based on Ubuntu LTS distributions and is compatible with Ubuntu's base. Includes Libre Office.

A Zorin OS with more features, Zorin OS 15 Ultimate, is available at a very moderate price. "Unleash your computer. The best Business and Media apps. macOS, Windows, Linux & Touch layouts. Over 20 games. Includes Ultimate Lite edition." (From the Zorin OS Download page.)

Screenshot Zorin OS 15 Lite

Zorin OS 15 Lite

"Your old computer. New again. Lightweight desktop environment (XFCE). Runs fast on computers as old as 15 years. Windows desktop layouts only." (From the Zorin OS Download page.)

Zorin OS Lite, like Zoring OS Core, integrates Wine's technology seamlessly in order to support Windows apps that run on Linux using the Wine compatibility layer. Likewise, Zorin OS Lite is based on Ubuntu LTS distributions and is compatible with Ubuntu's base. Includes Libre Office.

Distros Past End of Life

Screenshot Fedora 29
Screenshot Ubuntu 18.10
Screenshot Ubuntu 19.04