How to Install the Latest Wine Release in Ubuntu 14.10

November 11, 2014

Install Wine Ubuntu 14.10

Run Windows only applications in Ubuntu? Well, here’s how to install the latest Wine development release with bug fixes and new features in Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic.

For those who don’t know about Wine:

Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.

Wine began in 1993 under the initial coordination of Bob Amstadt as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux. Very early on, leadership over Wine’s development passed to Alexandre Julliard, who has managed the project ever since. Over the years, as the Windows API and applications have evolved to take advantage of new hardware and software, Wine has adapted to support new features, all while being ported to other OSes, becoming more stable, and providing a better user-experience.

An ambitious project by definition, work on Wine would steadily continue for 15 years before the program finally reached v1.0, the first stable release, in 2008. Several releases later, Wine is still under active development today, and although there is more work to be done, millions of people are estimated to use Wine to run their Windows software on the OS of their choice.

Open Windows EXE file with Wine

open Windows .exe file directly with Wine

Install Wine Development in Ubuntu:

While Ubuntu repositories provide the stable Wine 1.6 release, the latest development Wine 1.7 with bug fixes and new supports is available in Wine official PPA. So far, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10 are supported.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit Enter to run:

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

Type in your user password when it asks.

After added the PPA, install Wine1.7 from Synaptic Package Manger after clicking Reload button. Or just run the commands below in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine1.7

That’s it.

When a future release is out and made into the PPA, running regular system update via Software Updates will automatically upgrade the wine1.7 to the latest.

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13 responses to How to Install the Latest Wine Release in Ubuntu 14.10

  1. After running:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa: ubuntu-wine/ppa
    This is what I get:
    “Error: need a single repository as argument”

  2. I was unable to install it.

    here is the error message:

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    wine1.7 : Depends: wine1.7-i386 (= 1:1.7.34-0ubuntu1~ppa1) but it is not installable
    Recommends: gnome-exe-thumbnailer but it is not going to be installed or
    kde-runtime but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: ttf-mscorefonts-installer but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: fonts-horai-umefont but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: fonts-unfonts-core but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: ttf-wqy-microhei
    Recommends: winetricks but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    • Do the following:
      sudo apt-get install -f

      • ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install wine1.7
        Reading package lists… Done
        Building dependency tree
        Reading state information… Done
        Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
        requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
        distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
        or been moved out of Incoming.
        The following information may help to resolve the situation:

        The following packages have unmet dependencies:
        wine1.7 : Depends: wine1.7-i386 (= 1:1.7.38-0ubuntu1) but it is not going to be installed
        Recommends: gnome-exe-thumbnailer but it is not installable or
        kde-runtime but it is not installable
        Recommends: ttf-mscorefonts-installer but it is not installable
        Recommends: fonts-horai-umefont but it is not installable
        Recommends: winetricks but it is not installable
        E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
        Help Please New Problem!

    • I had similar problem as john
      I had to run
      sudo apt-get install liblcms2-2=2.5-0ubuntu4
      Which downgraded liblcms2-2 to version 2.5-0ubuntu4
      (Try sudo apt-get install -s liblcms2-2=2.5-0ubuntu4 – first to see what will happen)

      I was then able to install wine with
      sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks

  3. is there any side effects that comes with using wine on ubuntu 14.10

    • i used wine for long time, from version 11.10 and now is 14.10, this is the best choice for me when I want to run window program, the version 1.7 still in beta dev so maybe it will have some mirror probs but until now, i didn’t see any of it happended.

  4. leonardo@leonardo-ThinkPad-X41:~$ sudo apt-get install wine1.7
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    wine1.7 : Depends: wine1.7-i386 (= 1:1.7.44-0ubuntu1) but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: gnome-exe-thumbnailer but it is not installable or
    kde-runtime but it is not installable
    Recommends: ttf-mscorefonts-installer but it is not installable
    Recommends: fonts-horai-umefont but it is not installable
    Recommends: winetricks but it is not installable
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    Any solution for this error?

    • First download Ubuntu tweak and use janitor to clean your system, then type

      sudo apt-get update

      sudo apt-get install wine1.7 -f

      -f forces it to install it anyways.

  5. I have similar problem to Leonardo and Mike Pecot
    Trying to install on Ubuntu 14.04

    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    winetricks is already the newest version.
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    wine1.7 : Depends: wine1.7-i386 (= 1:1.7.50-0ubuntu1)
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

  6. I want to install a program from a CD but it just opens and says “This software is not compatible with your operating system.” How do I fix this, I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and wine 1.7