What are the steps to install Wine 6 on Ubuntu 20.04?. For those new to Wine, it is an open source software created to enable Linux users run Microsoft Windows applications. Wine 6 is the latest stable release of Wine available for installation and it contains a large number of improvements which includes but not limited to:
- Vulkan backend for WineD3D
- DirectShow and Media Foundation support
- Text console redesign
- USB kernel driver
- Mouse position history
- Plug & Play device notifications
- WebSocket API
- Initial support for Apple Silicon
Install Wine 6 on Ubuntu 20.04
The installation of Wine 6 on Ubuntu 20.04 is a straightforward process as all packages are provides in Wine repository.
Step 1: Enable 32 bit architecture
But before installation we need to enable enable 32 bit architecture if running on a 64-bit system. This is achieved by running the command below.
sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Step 2: Download and add the repository key:
Install wget if not present in your system.
sudo apt update sudo apt -y install software-properties-common wget
Then download and add repository key:
wget -qO - https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key | sudo apt-key add -
You should receive “OK” in the output.
Step 3: Add the Wine repository
After importing the key, proceed to add repository.
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'
Command execution output:
Get:1 https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu focal InRelease [6,257 B] Get:2 https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu focal/main amd64 Packages [54.9 kB] Hit:3 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease Get:4 https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu focal/main i386 Packages [56.4 kB] Hit:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal InRelease Hit:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates InRelease Hit:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports InRelease Fetched 118 kB in 1s (80.5 kB/s) Reading package lists... Done
Step 4: Install Wine 6 on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux
With the repository ready we can install Wine 6 on our Ubuntu 20.04 Linux machine.
sudo apt update sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
Be informed that a good number of packages will be installed. This may take sometime if you have weak internet connection:
...... The following packages will be upgraded: libcurl3-gnutls 1 upgraded, 266 newly installed, 0 to remove and 6 not upgraded. Need to get 271 MB/271 MB of archives. After this operation, 1,807 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
After the package has been installed, Check your version once the Wine installation is complete:
$ wine --version
Step 5: Using Wine 6 on Ubuntu 20.04
For command line guys the wine tool can be invoked directly on the terminal.
Accessing help page:
$ wine --help
Install test application like Notepad++
Use wine to install your downloaded .exe application.
Agree to install Mono and Gecko packges.
Then begin your application installation using Wine.
The application can be launched like any other Linux application after installation.
Running Notepad++ application.
This confirms Wine 6 has been installed successfully on Ubuntu 20.04.
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