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winetricks is a helper script to download and install various redistributable runtime libraries needed to run some programs in Wine. These may include replacements for components of Wine using closed source libraries.

/!\ Note: Although using winetricks may be very useful for getting some programs working in Wine, doing so may limit your ability to get support though WineHQ. In particular, reporting bugs may not be possible if you've replaced parts of Wine with it. See [#winetricks_and_bugs Reporting bugs after you have used Winetricks] below.

/!\ Note: Some of the packages listed below may not work well with older versions of Wine. As always we recommend you use the latest version of Wine.

Getting winetricks

The script is maintained by AustinEnglish at The latest release is available at Right-click on that link and use 'Save As' to save a fresh copy. Or you can get it from the commandline with the command:

{{{ wget chmod +x winetricks }}}

(!) Also, some winetricks "packages" require a few external tools to be installed, namely: cabextract, unzip, p7zip, wget (or curl), and zenity (or kdialog). Linux users can usually get these via their distribution's package management system.

New Gui

winetricks 20110311 was a major release. Changes:

* the menu has been broken up into sections (it was getting too big)
* dependency checking is better
* verbs can now be in external files for testing
* it includes a bunch of games and apps ported in from wisotool (a separate project that has since been merged into winetricks)
* apps are installed in their own wineprefix by default, making them easier to uninstall reliably, and preventing workarounds for one app from breaking other apps

Using winetricks

Once you've obtained winetricks you can run it simply by typing sh winetricks at the console. You can also use ./winetricks if you chmod +x winetricks first. If run without parameters, winetricks displays a GUI with a list of available packages. If you know the names of the package(s) you wish to install, you can append them to the winetricks command and it will immediately start the installation process. For example,

{{{ sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6 }}} will install both the corefonts and vcrun6 packages.


Here is its help text as of 2012/09/12:

verb (!) Tip: As with all Wine commands, winetricks knows about the `WINEPREFIX` environment variable. This is useful for using winetricks with different Wine prefix locations. For example,

{{{ env WINEPREFIX=~/.winetest sh winetricks mfc40 }}} installs the mfc40 package in the `~/.winetest` prefix.

(!) Tip: Users with more than one version of Wine on their system (for example, an installed package and an uninstalled Wine built from git) can specify which version winetricks should use. For example,

{{{ env WINE=~/wine-git/wine sh winetricks mfc40 }}} installs the mfc40 package using the Wine in the ~/wine-git directory.


Reporting bugs after you have used Winetricks

{X} Please do not report bugs if you have used winetricks to install native (ie non Wine) files, as we cannot support Microsoft dlls.

{OK} Using winetricks to install gecko, mono, and fakeie6 options is acceptable for bug reports - just be sure to mention that's what you've done.

Additionally if you found it necessary to use winetricks for an application please mention it when submitting to the AppDB, mailing lists, and other Wine resources.

Reporting bugs *in* Winetricks

Winetricks has a bug tracking system at, please use it. If you don't want to get an account there to file a bug, posting on the wine user forum may also eventually get noticed.

How to remove things installed by Winetricks

It's easy to install an entire wineprefix, so by default, winetricks installs each app into its own Wine prefix, and offers an easy way to remove wineprefixes and the menu items they created.

Winetricks does not provide a way to uninstall individual apps or DLLs inside a Wine prefix. This is for several reasons, but mainly because the preferred way to uninstall anything in Wine is to simply install into a fresh Wine prefix. (Yes, it would be nice to have uninstallers for everything, but I don't need it myself. Patches welcome.)

Installing winetricks

It's not necessary to install winetricks to use it. You may choose to install winetricks in a global location so you can just type winetricks on the command line. Some Linux distributions include winetricks in their Wine packages, so you don't have to download it separately. (You might still want to if their version is old.)

See also

If you've downloaded your own copy of winetricks, you can install it manually like this:

{{{ chmod +x winetricks sudo cp winetricks /usr/local/bin }}}

See Also

* -- cabextract is a tool for extracting MS cabinet files under Unix environments.
* (Darwine now comes bundled with trix, a gui that invokes winetricks)