WinApps Alternatives

    WinApps is described as 'Run Windows apps such as Microsoft Office/Adobe in Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora) and GNOME/KDE as if they were a part of the native OS, including Nautilus integration'. There are more than 10 alternatives to WinApps for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Linux, Wine, Windows and Android. The best alternative is Wine, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WinApps are PlayOnLinux (Free, Open Source), Proton (Free, Open Source), Parallels Desktop (Freemium) and CrossOver (Paid).

    This page was last updated May 5, 2021

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      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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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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 allows you to install many popular Windows applications and games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux computer.
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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. Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.
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      Q4Wine is a qt4 GUI for wine that will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications
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    6. WineBottler is an App to manage and wrap your Windows apps into convenient OS X apps. WineBottler helps you with running Windows programs on OS X.
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    7. Currently optimized for ARM Chromebooks, ExaGear Windows Emulator allows you to run full-function versions of Windows PC applications directly on Chromebooks and ARM-based Android devices with a connected keyboard and mouse.
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