Install Wine 1.9.7 (Development Release) to Run Windows Games and Apps on Linux
Wine, a most popular and powerful open source application for Linux, that used to run Windows based applications and games on Linux Platform without any trouble.
WineHQ team, recently announced a new development version of Wine 1.9.7. This new development build arrives with a number of new important features and 42 bug fixes.
Wine team, keep releasing their development builds almost on weekly basis and adding numerous new features and fixes. Each new version brings support for new applications and games, making Wine a most popular and must have tool for every user, who want to run Windows based software in a Linux platform.
According to the changelog, following key features are added in this release:
- More work regarding the WineD3D command stream.
- Support for Shader Model 5 shaders.
- Added C++ exception handling enhancements.
- Support for Windows-style static import libraries.
- Fixes Performance issues in the XML writer.
- Various bug fixes.
For more in-depth details about this build can be found at the official changelog page.
This article guides you how to install most recent development version of Wine 1.9.7 on Red Hat and Debian based systems such as CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other supported distributions.
Installing Wine 1.9.7 on Linux
Unfortunately, there are no official Wine repository available for the Red Hat based systems and the only way to install Wine, is to compile it from source.
To do this, you need to install some dependency packages such as gcc, flex, bison, libX11-devel, freetype-devel and Development Tools, etc. These packages are must required to compile Wine from source.
Let’s install them using following YUM command on the respective distributions.
On RedHat, Fedora and CentOS
# yum -y groupinstall 'Development Tools' # yum -y install flex bison libX11-devel freetype-devel libxml2-devel libxslt-devel prelink libjpeg-devel libpng-devel
Next, switch to normal user (here my username is ‘tecmint‘) and download the latest development version of Wine (i.e. 1.9.7) and extract the source tallball package using the following commands.
# su tecmint $ cd /tmp $ wget http://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/1.9/wine-1.9.7.tar.bz2 $ tar -xvf wine-1.9.7.tar.bz2 -C /tmp/
Now, it’s time to compile and build Wine installer using the following commands as normal user on respective Linux architectures. If you don’t know your Linux distribution architecture, you can read this article to find out that your Linux System is 32-bit or 64-bit.
Note: The installation process might take up-to 15-20 minutes depending upon your internet and hardware speed, during installation it will ask you to enter root password.
On 32-Bit Systems
$ cd wine-1.9.7/ $ ./tools/wineinstall
On 64-Bit Systems
$ cd wine-1.9.7/ $ ./configure --enable-win64 $ make # make install [Run as root User]
On Fedora 23 and Fedora 22
On Fedora 23/22, you can use official Wine repository to install wine packages as shown:
----------- On Fedora 23 ----------- # dnf config-manager --add-repo https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/fedora/23/winehq.repo # dnf install winehq-devel
----------- On Fedora 22 ----------- # dnf config-manager --add-repo https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/fedora/22/winehq.repo # dnf install winehq-devel
On Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint
Under Ubuntu based systems, you can easily install the latest development build of Wine using the official PPA. Open a terminal and run the following commands with sudo privileges.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install -y wine1.8 winetricks
Note: At the time of writing this article, available version was 1.8 and the new build not yet updated in official Wine Repository, when they made available just replace
wine1.9 in the above command.
For other Linux distributions, the installation instructions can be found at https://www.winehq.org/download.
How to Use Wine to Start Windows Applications
Once the installation completes successfully, you can install or run any windows based applications or games using wine as shown below.
On 32-Bit Systems
$ wine notepad $ wine notepad.exe $ wine c:\\windows\\notepad.exe
On 64-Bit Systems
$ wine64 notepad $ wine64 notepad.exe $ wine64 c:\\windows\\notepad.exe
Note: Please remember, this is a development build and cannot be installed or used on production systems. It is advised to use this version only for testing purpose.
If you’re looking for a most recent stable version of Wine, you can go through our following articles, that describes how to install most latest version on almost all Linux environments.
- Install Wine 1.8.1 (Stable) in RHEL, CentOS and Fedora
- Install Wine 1.8.1 (Stable) in Debian, Ubuntu and Mint