(Last Updated On: August 12, 2017)

Have you been trying to figure out the easiest way to install Wine on Kali Linux and Debian 8?. This guide will show you how to get wine working on Kali Linux. It’s also essential for running i386 packages on an amd64 version of Kali or Debian Distribution

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Wine enables you to run Windows Applications on a Linux box. It’s just a Windows emulator on top of Linux. Wine works on Linux,,FreeBSD,Unixware NetBSD,Unixware,SCO OpenServer 5 and Solaris hence you can smoothly run Windows applications on these systems.
Typically you’ll need the following to run wine

  1.   The compiled Wine binary
  2.    A properly configured wine.conf and wine.sym
  3.    An installed and working X Window system
  4.    Some MS Windows programs to test

Install Wine on Kali Linux

If you type the command


On you Kali Linux machine, you’ll get the following dialog box.

install Wine on Kali Linux

To install wine. We’ll first enable maltiarch, then update the system and finally install wine. The commands to accomplish that are as shown below.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install wine:i386
sudo apt-get install wine-bin:i386

It will download the packages and install them. After finishing the installation, check again to confirm that the wine have been installed successfully.Type

wine --version

If you want an all in one command, here it is.

 sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update && apt-get install wine-bin:i386

Install Wine on Linux Mint and Ubuntu

If you are running Ubuntu and Linux Mint, just enter commands below on your terminal:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine
$ sudo apt-get install winetricks

Install Wine on Debian Jessie from jessie-backports

With backports, you’ll get latest Wine on your Debian jessie machine, just follow steps below
1. Add repo
# nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wine.list
2. Add content to the file:
deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie-backports main

3. Update repositories

# apt-get update

4. Enable maltiarch on 64-bit system

# dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update

5. Now install wine

# apt-get install \
      wine/jessie-backports \
      wine32/jessie-backports \
      wine64/jessie-backports \
      libwine/jessie-backports \
      libwine:i386/jessie-backports \

That’s all. You should have wine installed now. See

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