How to Install Wine 6 on Ubuntu Linux

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to easily install Wine 6.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

For those who don’t know Wine, it is a Linux emulator that allows users to run applications designed for Windows in a Linux environment.

Linux is great and you may never need to run Microsoft Windows. One fact that you should not forget is that it is very, very hard to avoid Windows today.

Wine might be used if you don’t want to run Windows but need an app only available on Windows. Although, not many apps are compatible with Wine.

Wine 6.0 has gone through a very long development timeline. It includes over 8,300 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements that are listed in the release notes below.

The areas of major changes are:

  • Core modules in PE format.
  • Vulkan backend for WineD3D.
  • DirectShow and Media Foundation support.
  • Text console redesign.

To install Wine, use the steps below:

Prepare Linux host

Before installing Wine, run the command below to enable the 32-bit architecture.

sudo apt update
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Add Wine Repository

After installing the package above, run the commands below to add the Wine package repository and key.

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

Add the repository

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb focal main'

Install Wine

Now that the repository is added, run the commands below to install Wine.

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Wine should be installed and ready to use. You can begin installing applications designed for Windows with Wine environment.

For example, you can quickly install this Windows app called Rufus.

Download the app to Ubuntu and install it via Wine.

cd ~/Downloads
wine rufus-3.13.exe

You’ll be prompted to install the required packages. That should launch the Wine install command and begin installing the app.

After a brief moment, the app should be installed and ready to use.

Enjoy your Windows apps in Linux.


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