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How to Install Wine in Ubuntu to Play Windows Games

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Installing Wine to run Windows games in Ubuntu

Ubuntu is amazing, stable operating system that has many benefits over Windows.

  • It is absolutely secure, there are no viruses or malware for Linux
  • It is more stable than Windows
  • It starts up much faster than Windows
  • It is 100% free
  • it doesn’t track your usage
  • it is private
  • and many more…

Unfortunately, many amazing games are not available for Linux or Ubuntu. Windows is the leading gaming platform for PC. You can solve this problem by installing a program called Wine to Ubuntu. Wine allows you to run Windows applications on Ubuntu. Wine supports Direct3D and OpenGL and you can run many new games with it. You need a Internet connection to install Wine.

Installing Wine

Here are the instructions:

  • Open up Terminal  (press Windows Key – write Terminal – Press Enter)
  • If your system is 64 bit, enable 32 bit architecture (if you haven’t already):

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

  • Add the repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds

  • Update packages:

sudo apt-get update

  • Then install (example for the development branch):

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

Now you have installed Wine. If you are going to run new games for example GTA V, then it better to install Wine Staging

It is installed similarly to the development branch build:

Run these commands in terminal one after another:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-staging


PlayOnLinux makes everything easier

There is a GUI (graphical user interface) program that can help you install Windows Games to Ubuntu. It is called PlayOnLinux. It makes use of Wine to run games. You can install Wine from PlayOnLinux GUI.

Install it to make it easier to configure Windows games and applications. Some games may require to change some configurations to work properly.

Open up terminal (Windows Key -> write terminal -> press Enter)

git clone

Now you can find PlayOnLinux when you press Windows Key and write PlayOnLinux
What games work on Ubuntu with Wine and PlayOnLinux?

Here is a compability list for PlayOnLinux games

Wine can run more games, check out combability:

Popular games that run flawlessly with Wine:

  • Final Fantasy XI Online Final Fantasy XI  –   Final Fantasy XI is the first Final Fantasy MMORPG from Square Enix.
  • EVE Online Current  – EVE is a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) set in a science-fiction based, persistent world. Players take the role of spaceship pilots seeking fame, fortune, and adventure in a huge, complex, exciting, and sometimes hostile galaxy.
  • StarCraft I Retail CD/DVD


How to run a Windows game with Wine and PlayOnLinux?

Coming soon…