How to Use Wine on a Mac


Apple Macs are well known for their intuitive graphical user interface and easy program installation. The Mac OS X platform also supports the Wine program, a Microsoft Windows emulator that enables users to run programs built for the Windows operating system on a Mac. You can avoid the purchase and installation of Windows by installing and running Windows programs within the Wine emulation program on the Mac computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple Mac OS X computer with the Wine Windows emulation program installed
  • Installation files for Windows programs you wish to run
  • Find the complete directory path and location of the installation files for a Windows program you wish to install. Note the name of the primary installation file (usually "setup.exe).

  • Click "Finder" on the desktop Dock bar of your Mac computer. The "Finder" window will appear.

  • Click "Applications" in the left pane of the "Finder" window and click "Utilities." Click "Terminal" to open the command line terminal window.

  • Type "cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/" at the command prompt and press "Enter."

  • Type "wine /path_to_file/installer_file.exe" at the command prompt except replace the "/path_to_file" with the complete directory path to the Windows program installer file and replace "installer_file.exe" with the name of the Windows program installer executable file. Press "Enter."

  • Answer any and all prompts presented by the Windows program installer by accepting the default locations and configuration for the program. Read the software license agreement if presented and if you agree with the terms, accept the license agreement. Click "OK" or "Finish" to complete the installation.

  • Type "ls" at the command prompt and press "Enter." Note the name of the new directory for the Windows program. Type "cd /new_program_directory" at the command prompt except replace the "new_program_directory" with the name of the new directory noted earlier where the new program is installed.

  • Type "ls" at the command prompt and press "Enter." Note the name of the ".exe" program listed in the command line output.

  • Type "wine new_program.exe" at the command prompt, but replace "new_program.exe" with the exact name of the ".exe" program file noted the previous step. Press "Enter" to run the new Windows program.

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