Wine Alternatives

    Wine is described as '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' and is one of the leading apps in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Wine for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Wine, Windows and Chrome OS. The best alternative is PlayOnLinux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Wine are Proton (Free, Open Source), CrossOver (Paid), Parallels Desktop (Freemium) and Darling (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 20, 2021

    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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      PlayOnLinux vs Wine opinions
      Most users think PlayOnLinux is a great alternative to Wine.
      vXtreniusX PlayOnLinux uses wine technology in a simple, easy to use user interface.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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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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      Almost everyone thinks Proton is a great alternative to Wine.
      OKTAYMERCAN Steam have build in proton so you can run your games with steam on linux.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Proton is much easier to use than wine, you only download it with Steam and ready without many settings.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Steam's doing a good job with Proton. If he keeps creating his improvements, he may be a perfect fit for windows app executions.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      In truth, Proton facilitates the usage of Wine by "auto-configuring" it. For Linux newbies, this program makes for a great shortcut to run most (not all) Windows games on Linux, insofar as the digital rights protection system that ships With the game allows for it. DRM blocking a game running on Wine is no less a hindrance for Proton than it is if one were to set up Wine themselves.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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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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      Most users think CrossOver is a great alternative to Wine.
    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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      Parallels Desktop vs Wine opinions
      Most users think Parallels Desktop is a great alternative to Wine.
      Putting on a price for something incredible like this is not a surprise. It runs perfectly well on Mac, unlike VirtualBox that requires a lot of space and Wine as well. There's a 14-day free trial so there is no harm trying it. No credit card info, nothing. Just a bit of clearing up space and finding your Windows OS and you're good to go. It's pretty incredible I must say. Anyone who gave Wine a shot MUST try this one!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Parallels Desktop is a virtualization software, Wine is a compatibility layer. They're not even remotely the same and do completely different things.
      Negative comment 6 days ago

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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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      Q4Wine is a qt4 GUI for wine that will help you manage wine prefixes and installed applications
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      Most users think Q4wine is a great alternative to Wine.
    5. Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.
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      VMware Fusion vs Wine opinions
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      gdwaynewarner What both Fusion and Parallels do is completely different than what Wine does. This is *NOT* a good alternative.
      Positive comment 7 days ago

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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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      I've used it for many apps
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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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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    8. Wineskin is a tool used to make ports of Windows software to Mac OS X. The ports are in the form of normal Mac application bundle wrappers. It works like a wrapper around the Windows software, and you can share just the wrappers if you choose. Best of all, its free!
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