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Proton Alternatives

Proton is described as 'tool for use with the Steam client which allows games which are exclusive to Windows to run on Linux kernel operating system. It uses Wine to facilitate this' and is a popular compatibility layer tool in the gaming software category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Proton for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Wine and BSD. The best alternative is Wine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Proton are Lutris, PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac, ReactOS and Bottles.

Proton alternatives are mainly Compatibility Layer Tools but may also be Operating Systems or Virtualization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Proton.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Steam

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  1. Wine icon

    Wine

    • 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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    Lutris

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • FLATHUB

    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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  3. PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac icon

    PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    • FreeBSD

    PlayOnLinux is a graphical frontend for the Wine software compatibility layer which allows Linux and Mac users to install Windows-based video games, Microsoft Office (2000 to 2010), Microsoft Internet Explorer, as well as many other applications.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freePlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  4. ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).

    ⚫︎ LightweightReactOS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Bottles

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Bottles is an application designed for elementary OS (but works on all GNU/Linux distributions), which helps in managing wineprefix.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeBottles doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  6. Parallels Desktop gives Mac users the ability to run Windows, Linux or any other operating system and their critical applications at the same time as macOS. Parallels Desktop is optimized for Intel and Apple M1 chip.

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    CrossOver

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS

    CrossOver allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer.

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  8. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceWindows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Darling

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Run macOS applications on Linux.

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    Q4wine

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine

    Q4Wine is a qt4 GUI for wine that will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications

    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionQ4wine can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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