(Last Updated On: June 17, 2018)

Have you been trying to figure out the easiest way to install Wine on Kali Linux and Debian 8/9?. 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 Linux or Debian Distribution

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, 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

$ wine

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 has 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 need to check your Operating system architecture, use the command:
$ dpkg --print-architecture
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 Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver)

On Ubuntu 18.04, wine packages are included in the official Ubuntu upstream repositories. The name of the package is not the same for x86 and x86_64 system.

If you need to check your Operating system architecture, use the command:
$ dpkg --print-architecture

To install wine on Ubuntu 18.04 from the official repository, first enable multiarch:

$ sudo  dpkg --add-architecture i386 && apt-get update

For a 64-bit system, run:

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install wine32
$ sudo apt install wine64

For a 32-bit 

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt install wine32

After the package has been installed, Check your version once the Wine installation is complete:

$ wine --version
wine-3.0 (Ubuntu 3.0-1ubuntu1)

Install Wine on Debian 8 – Jessie

With backports, you’ll get the 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 \

Install Wine on Debian 9 Stretch.

On 64-bit systems, you should enable a 32-bit architecture for multiarch. This is needed for running 32-bit Windows applications.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && sudo apt update

Install wine on a 64-bit architecture by running:

sudo apt install \
      wine \
      wine32 \
      wine64 \
      libwine \
      libwine:i386 \

For a 32-bit architecture, run:

sudo apt install \
      wine \
      wine32 \
      libwine \