Third Party Applications

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Over time, there have been a variety of Third Party Applications that have attempted to make Wine more useful or easier to use. It is important to understand that although these third party applications may make Wine more usable, they are not supported by the Wine project. If you have questions regarding the use of a third party application, please use the support mediums provided by that third party rather than Wine HQ.

Why Third Party Applications Exist

Users want to run applications and sometimes a change to Wine can cause an application to work, but this change cannot be incorporated into Wine for some reason. For example, the change may break Wine for other applications and/or platforms. As such changes to Wine must meet some level of QA. If the change is a dirty hack to Wine's source code that allows an application to run, then the change may end up within Wine's source code only after it has been properly fixed.

In theory, any third party application here is essentially a temporary workaround until underlying bugs in Wine can be fixed properly. As wine improves, parts or all of these third party applications may become obsolete or incompatible with Wine (at least until the third party provides a suitable update).

Current Third Party Applications

The applications below should work with the latest Wine and are still being maintained.

The Crossover series of products are a repackaging with added patches to support more applications and added interfaces on top of WineHQ.

DOSBox is an emulator for legacy x86 PCs, which is particularly useful for old MS-DOS programs since they often used hardware in rigid ways (e.g. using CPU clock cycles directly for timing). Wine uses DOSBox for its virtual 8086 mode (for more details, see Wine Wiki's DOSBox page).

This module allows UNIX windows managers to generate crisp desktop icons from the icons embedded in Windows executables.

A Python-based GUI tool that provides managing of registry keys for Wine.

Lutris is an open gaming platform for Linux. It helps you install and manage your games in a unified interface. This support includes managing Windows games (run via Wine).

A tool which is aiming on making it easy for the user to install Windows software, like World of Warcraft, Adobe Photoshop, Guild Wars and much more.

A tool made by the same team as PlayOnLinux but for Mac user.

Using Wineskin technology, Porting Kit can install games and apps compiled for Microsoft Windows® in macOS. It's free, it's simple, it's the Porting Kit.

A Qt GUI for Wine. It will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications.

Create wrappers used to make ports that work like Native macOS applications. Uses WineHQ portable releases, bundles all needed dylibs and binarys for use with winetricks, always downloads the current version of winetricks.

A DirectX 1-11 to OpenGL wrapper based on WineD3D.

User-friendly graphical interface for Wine. (See also the WineGUI wiki page)

A tool for installing games, applications, and various redistributable runtimes, e.g. mono, dcom98, fonts. Workarounds to Wine bugs are run automatically. (See also the Winetricks page on this wiki).

Obsolete Third Party Applications

These applications are no longer useful, unmaintained, and do not work with current Wine releases. You should not use these.

  • osxwinebuilder (for Mac OS X)

A command line script to compile and install Wine and a number of prerequisite packages from source on Mac OS X.

A tool to install and run pre- or custom configured apps. It comes with precompiled wine and allows to create fully self-contained .app bundles.

Make wrappers or ports of Windows software to Macs. Wine and custom Xquartz X11 all built in. Pre-built packages, or you can custom compile your own Wine source to use too. Finished products look and work like native Mac apps. File associations, fullscreen, multi-monitors, resolution switching... great for games. LGPL licensed open source.

GUI bottle manager to import, create and clone bottles. Edit registers of the bottles. Set colors according to your GTK theme.

provide an OpenGL-based free replacement for Microsoft Direct3D (useful for things like VirtualBox)

A graphical frontend for Wine that offers prefix management, winetricks integration and access to most of the Wine command-line utilities in one GUI.

  • WineXS

A GUI for Wine.

  • Pipelight

A tool to use windows only plugins inside Linux browsers.

  • Bordeaux

A tool for installing a lot of Windows applications on Linux, Free'BSD, PC-BSD, Open'Solaris & Mac like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project, Adobe Photoshop, and more.

A menu driven installer for around 90 windows applications. No longer being maintained.

  • WineDoors

A tool to install and configure Wine, as well as many Windows programs.

  • Winesetuptk

A Wine setup tool formerly provided by CodeWeavers, Inc. Wine can now setup its own environment automatically, and Winecfg has now replaced the other limited configuration that winesetuptk allowed.

A graphical user interface for the WINE emulator. It provided an interface for configuring and running MS-Windows applications. It is no longer useful now.

  • WineBot

A tool to automate Windows program installation under Wine

A python-based, command-line replacement for Winecfg. Has not been updated since 2009.

  • wisotool

A tool for automated installs of various Windows programs (downloadable demos and from disk images), including workarounds. It was merged into winetricks.

A malware-analyzer that sandboxes Wine on Debian in a QEMU image (remember Wine provides no sandboxing). Windows executables are then loaded into the sandbox, and Wine's function-tracing system is used to detect suspicious behavior.

This page was last edited on 25 March 2023, at 04:50.