Easily Install Windows Applications In Linux With Wine-doors

By now, you should have already heard of the popular Wine software that allows you to install Windows applications in Linux. There is also another paid application – CrossOver that utilities Wine and comes with a simplified GUI to help you get the job done easier. Now, here’s another software that is as powerful as Wine and as user-friendly as Crossover, and best of all, it is free.

Wine-Doors is an application designed to make installing windows software on Linux, Solaris or other Unix systems easier. Wine-Doors is built on top of the Wine package, and it provides a easy to use GUI with a one click access to download/install the most commonly used Windows app.

Download the installer file from the Wine-Doors download site. If you are using Ubuntu, download the deb file. Double click on the downloaded deb file to install it in your system.

Open the Wine-Doors application (Applications -> System Tools -> Wine Doors)

When you run it for the first time, it will prompt you to enter your name and company and verify that you have a valid Microsoft Windows license.

wine-doors-initial-setup

Once you click Proceed, it will then download and install a series of compatible font to your system.

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When the installation is done, you will see the main screen where you can choose a series of applications to install.

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Applications that you can install right within Wine-Doors include:

  • Visual C++ Libraries
  • Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 (anyone know why is there a need to install a older windows version of Firefox in your Linux?)
  • Internet Explorer 6
  • Opera 9
  • Quicktime 7
  • Winamp5
  • Windows Media Player 6 and 9
  • 7zip 4
  • DVD Decrypter 3
  • Dreamweaver 8
  • Flash 8
  • Total Commander 7
  • Eudora 7
  • CDex 1
  • 3DMark 2000
  • MetaTrader 4 (Forex trading platform)
  • Notepad++ 4
  • Irfan View 4

And even some games:

  • Soldat
  • Prey
  • Steam
  • Half Life 2
  • World of Warcraft 2
  • Warcraft 3
  • Call of Duty
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon2

and many other applications. If the list of applications is not sufficient for you, you can also add extra repository to it.

wine-doors-repository

Scroll down the list to find the application that you want to install. Click on the Install link on the right to add it to the Queue section. (Note: Clicking the Install link does not install the app. It only adds to the Queue)

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Go to the Queue section.

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Highlight the applications that you want to install and click Apply at the bottom. Wine-Doors will then proceed to download the applications from its repository and run the installer.

wine-doors-install-app

Once the installation is completed, you will be able to access it from your menu bar.

If you install commercial Adobe apps like Dreamweaver 8 or Photoshop CS2, Wine-Doors will download the demo version (valid only for 30 days) and you need to have a license key to unlock it. Dreamweaver CS3 is not available in the repository (perhaps it is because it doesn’t work out of the box), nevertheless you can still follow the tutorial here to install Dreamweaver CS3 in Ubuntu.

Other features

Manage Wine processes

Wine-Doors allows you to view all the currently running Wine processes and give you the option to kill all processes or reboot wine. This is useful for resetting/terminating an application when it crashes.

wine-doors-kill-processes

Support Cedega

If you are a subscriber of Cedega, you can import your Profiles into Wine-Doors and install game from here.

No uninstaller

Unlike CrossOver, Wine-Doors does not provide a way to uninstall the applications. If you are looking for ways to uninstall applications, you have to do it the Wine way:

Open a terminal and type:

You can then select the applications that you want to uninstall.

Refer to the guide here to uninstall applications in Wine.

Have you tried WINE, CrossOver and Wine-Doors. Which one do you prefer?

15 comments

  1. The same version of WINE-DOORS that preinstalled in Linux Mint Gloria? I see. I hope it work with geosoftware like surfer 8.0 or Minescape. Thanks for the post, Damien.

    • @gema: Yes, it is the same Wine-Doors in Linux Mint Gloria. I have not try the apps you mentioned, but I hope they work for you. :)

    • @ska: Nope. Wine-Doors is running Wine in the backend, so it can run all Windows apps supported by Wine. The software (or repository) in Wine-Doors is just the developer way of making the app more user-friendly.

  2. Why would you need a valid Windows license it you’re not running Windows?
    You’d need a valid license for any restricted programs you choose to install (like Corel Office), but not to install most of what you listed from the Wine Doors repository. Some of the MS products you listed might be covered by a Windows license, like MS Media Player (codecs?). But the confirmation of a Windows license should be limited to those installations, rather than implying MS has anything to do with most of what you’d use in Wine Doors. Did the creator include some MS-owned code in the base or something? If so, I’d stay away from that…far away.

  3. how to add the application yahoo messenger on this wine software? in order to use the yahoo messenger in ubuntu how can i install?

  4. I think it's for the fonts; it probably installs without that box being checked as well.

    Also, about why someone would want to install old FF versions: Some people still use them, and some web developers like to check whether their Webpage looks good in all browsers.

  5. Wow thats great posting. I have the same question that is it really needed ti install a liscense file and is yes then why. And does this software vreate any virtual space to run those windows application in Linux. because the OS is Diff and as far as i know .exe executable is not supported by Linux platform so thats why does it create any virtual space. and if yes then will we be still able to link our files form our hard drives to those software like if i install chrome should i would be able to download any file to desktop of Linux OS or if i install Photoshop will i would be able to browse my file from my hard drive to the software. please kindly give an immediate response regarding this. But still seems that its a very useful software because it already have a high rating. thanks for the posting. liked the post very much.

  6. Wow thats great posting. I have the same question that is it really needed ti install a liscense file and is yes then why. And does this software vreate any virtual space to run those windows application in Linux. because the OS is Diff and as far as i know .exe executable is not supported by Linux platform so thats why does it create any virtual space. and if yes then will we be still able to link our files form our hard drives to those software like if i install chrome should i would be able to download any file to desktop of Linux OS or if i install Photoshop will i would be able to browse my file from my hard drive to the software. please kindly give an immediate response regarding this. But still seems that its a very useful software because it already have a high rating.

    • First of all, wine-doors make use of wine to install applications, so it does not create a virtual space. Wine is simply a Windows layer that allows you to install exe application in Linux.

      Secondly, you will be able to access/browse files from your hard drive.

  7. problem using wine-doors on sabayon…
    System Base.xml file is missing, cant add any repository.
    any idea?

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