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How To Install Wine on Linux Mint 20

Install Wine on Linux Mint 20

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Wine on Linux Mint 20. For those of you who didn’t know, Wine is a free and open-source application that allows users to run Windows applications in a Linux environment. Nowadays, Wine is a must-have tool for Linux users who don’t want to let go of Windows native applications, especially gamers.

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 Wine on a Linux Mint 20 (Ulyana).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux Mint 20.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection to download the Wine and its dependencies.
  • Basic knowledge of using the terminal.
  • 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 Linux Mint 20

Step 1. Before installing any new software, it’s crucial to update your system to ensure you have the latest packages and security patches. Open a terminal and run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common wget

Step 2. Installing Wine on Linux Mint 20.

Before the installation of Wine, you will need to enable support for 32-bit applications:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Now we add the Wine repository to the Linux Mint system:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb focal main'

Once successfully added repository, install Wine using the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

You can verify the installation using the following command in Terminal:

$ wine --version

Step 3, Configure Wine.

Once Wine is installed, you can configure it to optimize its performance and compatibility with Windows applications. Run the following command to set up Wine:


Step 4.  How to Use Wine to Run Windows Apps.

To start the Wine program, you must give the full path to the .exe program. For example, we will start the Notepad++ program through Wine:


Use wine to install you’re downloaded .exe application:

wine npp.7.8.8.Installer.exe

If Wine crashes or freezes while running a Windows application, try running the application in a different compatibility mode. You can adjust the compatibility settings using the Wine configuration tool.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Wine. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the latest version of Wine on the Linux Mint system. For additional help 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, 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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