CrossOver Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to CrossOver for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Wine, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to CrossOver and 17 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to CrossOver are Lutris (Free, Open Source), PlayOnLinux (Free, Open Source), Proton (Free, Open Source) and Pegasus (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 5, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      Wine is a free, open source application for running Windows software on operating systems that are normally not supported. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows.
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      Almost everyone thinks Wine is a great alternative to CrossOver.
    1. Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.
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    2. PlayOnLinux (PlayOnMac at http://www.playonmac.com ) is a tool to help Linux (and Mac) users run games and programs for Windows on Linux (or Mac, FreeBSD), via the use of (as a front-end for) Wine.
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      Most users think PlayOnLinux is a great alternative to CrossOver.
    3. Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Linux kernel and macOS operating systems.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Raspberry Pi
      Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.
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    4. Darling — macOS translation layer for Linux Fast Darling runs macOS software directly without using a hardware emulator. Free Like Linux, Darling is free and open-source software. It is developed openly on GitHub and distributed under the GNU GPL license version 3.
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    5. A front-end or user interface (UI) is the presentation and interaction layer of an app or website. Most modern emulator apps have basic game list UIs that you can interact with using a mouse/keyboard but not a game controller.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Wine
      Q4Wine is a qt4 GUI for wine that will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications
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    6. Steam emulator that emulates steam online features. Lets you play games that use the steam multiplayer APIs on a LAN without steam or an internet connection.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Vineyard is a collection of tools and libraries designed to make managing Windows programs on Linux easier. More specifically, it aims to improve the integration of Wine and the Free Desktop and to make it easier to create programs and tools that integrate with Wine.
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