Wine 3.21 Released with Improved Support for Android, DirectWrite, Joystick

Last updated on January 25th, 2019

The new development release Wine 3.21 was announced a day ago with some improvements and various bug-fixes.

Wine 3.21 release highlights:

  • Typelib marshaller rewrite using NDR functions.
  • Graphics support on recent Android versions.
  • Support for memory font resources in DirectWrite.
  • Joystick support improvements.
  • A lot of bugs were fixed in the release, including issues with Guild Wars 2, Microsoft .NET 2.0, Crysis Warhead, and more.

How to Install Wine 3.21 in Ubuntu:

As usual, Wine’s apt repository will build the new release packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 18.04 in 2 or 3 days.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run following commands one by one to and the repository and install Wine:

1. Add the official wine apt repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository

For Linux Mint 18.x, run below command instead to add the repository:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb xenial main'

For Linux Mint 19, run this command instead:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb bionic main'

2. Download and install the GPG keyring via command:

wget -nc && sudo apt-key add winehq.key

3. Finally refresh system package cache and install the latest Wine development package via commands:

sudo apt-get update

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

If you got dependencies issue, install aptitude (sudo apt-get install aptitude) and replace apt-get in last command with aptitude.

Read more about installing Wine in Ubuntu.


To remove wine dev release, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove winehq-devel

And you can remove the repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.