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How to Install Wine on PCLinuxOS

As of September 1, 2020, the current versions of Wine are Wine 5.0.2 Stable and Wine 5.16 Development and Staging. Wine is available from the PCLinuxOS repository only as Wine 4.01 Stable.

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The easiest Wine installation is with Terminal Commands.

Installing Wine using Synaptic Package Manager (GUI)

Installing Wine using Terminal Commands (CLI)

Installing Wine using Synaptic Package Manager

Optional: After completing the above, you can further verify successful installation by opening a Terminal window and entering the following command. This command will produce an error message followed by the Wine version number. In spite of the error message, everything works, so just ignore it.

$ wine --version

Assuming you see the Wine version number, all is well, and you can close the Terminal window.

$ exit

PlayOnLinux and Winetricks

PlayOnLinux and Winetricks are optional. Both can be installed from Synaptic Package Manager, but install them only if you know what they are and plan to use them.

To install PlayOnLinux and/or Winetricks, open Synaptic Package Manager and click the toolbar Search icon to search for them. Install them using the same procedure as for Wine.

Other installed apps

You will find that a number of Wine apps have automatically been installed in Applications Finder's More Applications group of apps.

Installing Wine using Terminal Commands

Open a Terminal window and login as root. You will need the root password.

$ su -l

Update all packages. As PCLinuxOS is a rolling distribution, this is done with a distribution upgrade.

# apt-get update
# apt-get dist-upgrade

The next command installs Wine x64, Wine x32, mono, and gecko. If, at the end of the installation, you see an ERROR message, ignore it.

# apt-get install wine64

The next command, to verify the installation succeeded, will produce an ERROR message followed by the Wine version number. Ignore the ERROR message.

This ERROR message will appear repeatedly but, as far as I can tell, everything works.

$ wine --version

PlayOnLinux and Winetricks

PlayOnLinux and Winetricks are optional, so install them only if you know what they are and plan to use them.

# apt-get install PlayOnLinux
# apt-get install winetricks

The following commands can be used to verify the installation.

# playonlinux --version
# winetricks --version
# winetricks --help

All done, so exit from root and close the Terminal window.

# exit
$ exit

Other installed apps

You will find that a number of Wine apps have automatically been installed in Applications Finder's More Applications group of apps.


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