Wine is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & 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.

It is available for free for Mac and Linux computers.


  • Loads Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8, Windows 3.x and DOS programs and libraries.
  • Win32 compatible memory layout, exception handling, threads and processes.
  • “Bug-for-bug” compatibility with Windows.
  • DirectX support for games.
  • Support for OpenGL based games and applications.
  • Desktop-in-a-box or mixable windows.
  • Windows MultiMedia (WinMM) layer support with builtin codecs.

Software Info

Name Wine
Supported Platforms ,
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