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Wine implements its own version of Internet Explorer. The implementation is based on a custom version of Mozilla's Gecko Layout Engine.


When your application tries to display a site, current Wine loads its custom implementation of Gecko from .msi files. Wine will try to install Gecko when a wineprefix is created. If the file can't be found on your computer, Wine will download it for you. If you download fails, you can download the appropriate version (see table below) yourself from

  • For 64 bit Wine, both the x86 and x86_64 .msi files are required.
  • In most cases, the file(s) should be placed in /usr/share/wine/gecko.
  • If you installed Wine in some $prefix rather than /usr, place the .msi files in $prefix/share/wine/gecko/ instead of /usr/share/wine/gecko. (e.g. if you installed it from source, then place the files in /usr/local/share/wine/gecko).
Wine Gecko (32 bit) Gecko (64 bit)
wine-0.9.47 - wine-1.1.11
wine-1.1.12 - wine-1.1.14
wine-1.1.15 - wine-1.1.26
wine-1.1.27 - wine-1.3.1
wine-1.3.2 - wine-1.3.15
wine-1.3.16 - wine-1.3.26 wine_gecko-1.2.0-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.2.0-x86_64.msi
wine-1.3.27 - wine-1.3.32 wine_gecko-1.3-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.3-x86_64.msi
wine-1.3.33 - wine-1.4 wine_gecko-1.4-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.4-x86_64.msi
wine-1.5.0 - wine-1.5.6 wine_gecko-1.5-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.5-x86_64.msi
wine-1.5.7 - wine-1.5.9 wine_gecko-1.6-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.6-x86_64.msi
wine-1.5.10 - wine-1.5.14 wine_gecko-1.7-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.7-x86_64.msi
wine-1.5.15 - wine-1.5.21 wine_gecko-1.8-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.8-x86_64.msi
wine-1.5.22 - wine-1.5.30 wine_gecko-1.9-x86.msi wine_gecko-1.9-x86_64.msi
wine-1.5.31 - wine-1.7.2 wine_gecko-2.21-x86.msi wine_gecko-2.21-x86_64.msi
wine-1.7.3 - wine-1.7.30 wine_gecko-2.24-x86.msi wine_gecko-2.24-x86_64.msi
wine-1.7.31 - wine-1.7.37 wine_gecko-2.34-x86.msi wine_gecko-2.34-x86_64.msi
wine-1.7.38 - wine-1.7.49 wine_gecko-2.36-x86.msi wine_gecko-2.36-x86_64.msi
wine-1.7.50 - wine-1.9.2 wine_gecko-2.40-x86.msi wine_gecko-2.40-x86_64.msi
wine-1.9.3 - current wine_gecko-2.44-x86.msi wine_gecko-2.44-x86_64.msi

Running Wine from source tree

If you are using Git or running Wine from source code, then Wine will try to find the .msi file by looking in ../gecko/ (relative to the build tree).

Debug info

If Gecko is crashing on you, you can download a debug build to get more verbose logs. Here's how:

$ wget
$ cd .wine/drive_c/windows/system32/gecko/2.44
$ mv wine_gecko wine_gecko.old
$ tar -jxf ~/wine_gecko-2.44-x86-unstripped.tar.bz2 

winetricks can install gecko-dbg, use 'winetricks gecko-dbg' to automate the above steps.

See also