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How to Install Wine and Run Windows Software on Linux

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By following this guide, you will be able to run Windows application on Distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora, Pop!_OS, Elementary OS, Linux Mint, Zorin OS etc.

Installing Wine - Ubuntu

This part of the tutorial is also applicable for Pop!_OS or any other Ubuntu based distros.

  • Download the Wine repository
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
  • Add the repository key to your system
sudo apt-key add winehq.key
  • Add the repository | Ubuntu 21.04
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ hirsute main'
  • Add the repository | Ubuntu 20.10
sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ groovy main'
  • Update System Packages
sudo apt update
  • Finally, Install Wine
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Installing Wine - Fedora

  • Add the Repository | Fedora 34
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/fedora/34/winehq.repo
  • Add the Repository | Fedora 33
sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/fedora/33/winehq.repo
  • Install Wine
sudo dnf install winehq-stable

Downloading and Running Windows Applications

  • To keep this short download Notepad++

  • Double click on the Installer File (exe), It'd launch a Wine instance.

  • Because this is our first use, wine might ask us to install one or two additional packages required to run Windows Applications. Allow to install them.

  • After that our installer for Notepad++ would start and we'd proceed to install the app as if we were on Windows.

Notepad++ on Linux

Well, we're up and running folks!

You can access your installed application later by the Application Menu

Windows App on Linux Menu