How to Install Wine in Ubuntu


Ever wondered how to run Windows-native applications in a linux environment? It is fairly simple using Wine. Remember, Wine Is Not an Emulator. Consider it simply as a compatibility layer for running Windows applications. It is 100% non-Microsoft code but it can utilize native Windows DLLs if one chooses to do so. If you are using Ubuntu, you should be fairly familiar with APT which we will be using throughout this entire walk-through.

Open up your terminal window and we have to add the following repository key to your systems’ list of trusted keys.

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

Now we need to add the repository to your system’s list of APT sources. I will include the repositories for multiple versions of Ubuntu and use the one according to which version you have.

Ubuntu Hardy Heron [8.04]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon [7.10]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn [7.04]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Edgy Eft [6.10]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Ubuntu Dapper Drake [6.06]

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/winehq.list

Now we need to update apt-get by running the following command.

sudo apt-get update

Now all we need to do is install with:

sudo apt-get install wine

You are all done! Now you can run nearly any Windows-based application without Windows. 🙂

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5 Responses to “How to Install Wine in Ubuntu”

  1. Jhon F. Ortiz Ordoñez Says:

    Hi! Good guide. Actually I use WineHQ on Ubuntu GNU/Linux, it’s work fine, applications runs clearly. Thanks.

  2. Stephen Says:

    sorry, I’m trying to get wine operational but i’m and absolute beginner. hence i would appreciate some clarification on terms

    when you say “being fairly familiar with APT” does this simple using a terminal and typing the source code in?

    when you say “add the following repository key to your systems’ list of trusted keys.” where exactly is the location of this application?

    i’m using the latests Ubuntu. thanks

  3. Sam Says:

    great tutorial, but iTunes still doesn’t work on it…

  4. Jesus Anibal Says:

    Gracias amigo, estuvo estupendo me salio a la primera, tu aporte lo agradesco tremendamente. que sigan los exitos y espero que a todos les salga a la primera.

  5. TGF Says:

    I recently installed ubuntu 9.10..and your method of installing wine is not working in it with the following error message:
    wine: Depends: wine1.2 but it is not going to be installed

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