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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 a leading compatibility layer tool in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Wine for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Wine and Chrome OS. The best alternative is PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Wine are Proton, CrossOver, Bottles and Parallels Desktop.

Wine alternatives are mainly Compatibility Layer Tools but may also be Virtualization Tools or Android Emulators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Wine.
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  1. PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac icon

    PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    • FreeBSD
    36 alternatives to PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac 

    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.

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    vXtreniusX

    PlayOnLinux uses wine technology in a simple, easy to use user interface.

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    Proton

    • Linux
    • Steam
    26 alternatives to Proton 

    Proton is a 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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Proton is a great alternative to Wine.
    Guest

    Proton is much easier to use than wine, you only download it with Steam and ready without many settings.

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    OKTAYMERCAN

    Steam have build in proton so you can run your games with steam on linux.

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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.

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    Guest

    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.

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    CrossOver

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    27 alternatives to CrossOver 

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

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    Bottles

    26 alternatives to Bottles 

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

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    Parallels Desktop

    47 alternatives to Parallels Desktop 

    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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    Guest

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

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    Guest

    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!

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    Windows Subsystem for Linux

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    • Windows
    19 alternatives to Windows Subsystem for Linux 

    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.

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    VMware Fusion

    39 alternatives to VMware Fusion 

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac. Built from the ground up for the Mac, VMware Fusion is the easiest way to switch to Mac—letting you bring all of your Windows applications with you, making the most of your Windows software...

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    gdwaynewarner

    What both Fusion and Parallels do is completely different than what Wine does. This is NOT a good alternative.

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    Q4wine

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    22 alternatives to Q4wine 

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

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      Darling

      21 alternatives to Darling 

      Run macOS applications on Linux.

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    • WineBottler icon

      WineBottler

      • Mac
      • Wine
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      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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      The application has not been updated for almost three years: https://bitbucket.org/winebottler/winebottler/src/master/, https://bitbucket.org/winebottler/winebottler/src/master/It also does not support the latest versions of macOS: https://www.reddit.com/r/winehq/comments/j43ziq/comment/g7gqpk5/

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      I've used it for many apps

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