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Installing on Ubuntu

Most users will want to just download a package. Latest Wine releases are available here: http://www.winehq.org/download/deb

Ubuntu package archive

Old Wine packages that used to be at the PPA are available here: http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/archive/

Building the Ubuntu packages from source

First, add the Wine PPA as at http://www.winehq.org/download/deb -- you can skip installing the Wine package, however.

Then you can easily make and install your own Wine package with:

sudo apt-get build-dep wine1.7
apt-get --build source wine1.7
sudo dpkg -i wine*.deb

Alternatively, if you need to apply a patch, you can do something like:

sudo apt-get build-dep wine1.7
apt-get source wine1.7
cd wine1.7-*
patch -p1 < foo.patch
cd ..
sudo dpkg -i wine1.7*.deb

Building the Ubuntu packages from source on 64-bit

This is, unfortunately, trickier. 64-bit Ubuntu needs packages built on both 64-bit Ubuntu and 32-bit Ubuntu. One way to do this is to repeat the above steps in a 32-bit VM, chroot, or similar environment. A better way is to use the pbuilder-dist tool in the ubuntu-dev-tools package.

pbuilder-dist trusty i386 create
pbuilder-dist trusty i386 build wine*.dsc

Installing Wine into Ubuntu without an internet connection

Wine isn't on the Ubuntu DVD image. To install Wine into an Ubuntu machine that doesn't have an internet connection, you'll have to manually download and install some files. This is not only the Wine .deb package, but also its dependencies. Fortunately, you can do this entirely within a VM on any internet-connected machine.

This procedure should get you everything you need to install Wine offline:

  1. Install a fresh copy of Ubuntu into a new machine (or virtual machine) that has internet access
  2. Open a terminal, and type:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get --download-only install wine1.7
    sudo apt-get --download-only dist-upgrade
  3. There will be a large collection of .deb files in /var/cache/apt/archives -- copy all of them to a USB stick
  4. Install all of the packages onto the machine without an internet connection. You can do this all at once using sudo dpkg -i *.deb (the USB stick will be mounted somewhere in /media)

If you don't have access to a VM and the above procedure, you will have a lot more manual labor to do. Download the Wine package manually via packages.ubuntu.com (or Launchpad), attempt to install it, get told what dependencies you're missing, and then go download those too. Repeat several times until you have them all. I recommend the VM.


Winetricks is packaged as well, and is a binary copy across all releases. It's pulled in by default when you install wine ("Recommends").


Ubuntu (last edited 2014-09-19 19:18:56 by ScottRitchie)