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How To Install Wine on Fedora 40

Install Wine on Fedora 40

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Wine on Fedora 40. Wine, which stands for “Wine Is Not an Emulator,” is a free and open-source compatibility layer that aims to allow Unix-like operating systems, such as Linux and macOS, to run Windows applications seamlessly. Developed by the Wine project since 1993, it has evolved into a stable and reliable solution for users who need to use Windows software on their preferred operating system.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Wine on Fedora 40.


Before we dive into the installation process, ensure that you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Fedora 40.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. Fedora provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • A stable internet connection to download the necessary packages.
  • At least 2 GB of RAM.
  • Sufficient disk space for the Wine installation and the Windows applications you plan to run.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Wine on Fedora 40

Step 1. Update the System.

To ensure a smooth installation process and optimal performance, it is crucial to update your Fedora system before installing Wine. Open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update

These commands will update your system to the latest available versions of all packages and components, minimizing the risk of compatibility issues during the Wine installation.

Step 2. Installing WineHQ on Fedora 40.

  • Method 1: Using Fedora’s Default Repositories

The simplest way to install Wine on Fedora 40 is by using the default repositories. Follow these steps:

sudo dnf install wine

Confirm the installation by typing “y” and pressing Enter when prompted.

The default installation includes the core Wine components and libraries necessary to run Windows applications. However, it may not always include the latest version of Wine.

  • Method 2: Installing WineHQ Builds

To access the latest stable, development, or staging versions of Wine, you can install the official WineHQ builds. Here’s how:

sudo dnf config-manager --add-repo https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/fedora/39/winehq.repo

Install the desired version of Wine:

For the stable version, run:

sudo dnf install winehq-stable

For the development version, run:

sudo dnf install winehq-devel

For the staging version, run:

sudo dnf install winehq-staging

Confirm the installation by typing “y” and pressing Enter when prompted.

WineHQ builds offer the latest features, bug fixes, and improvements, but they may be less stable than the versions available in Fedora’s default repositories.

Step 3. Configuring Wine for the First Time.

After installing Wine, it’s essential to configure it for optimal performance. To do this, run the Wine configuration tool, winecfg:


This command will open the Wine configuration window, where you can customize settings such as:

  • Windows version compatibility
  • Graphics and audio settings
  • Drive and device mappings
  • Library overrides

Adjust these settings according to your needs and the requirements of the Windows applications you plan to run.

Step 4. Installing Windows Applications.

To install a Windows application using Wine, follow these basic steps:

    1. Download the application’s installer (usually an .exe file) and save it to your Fedora system.
    2. Open a terminal, navigate to the directory containing the installer, and run:
wine installer_name.exe

Replace “installer_name.exe” with the actual name of the installer file.

    1. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Some applications may require additional components or libraries to function correctly. Consult the application’s documentation or the Wine AppDB for specific instructions and compatibility information.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Wine. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Wine on your Fedora 40 system. For additional or useful information, we recommend you check the official Wine website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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