Wine Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Wine for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is PlayOnLinux, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Wine and 13 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Wine are Proton (Free, Open Source), CrossOver (Paid), Parallels Desktop (Paid) and Q4wine (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 5, 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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      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 8 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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      Proton vs Wine opinions
      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 over 1 year 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 about 2 years ago

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      • 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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      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 Mac OS X on any Intel-powered Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook or MacBook Pro. The subscription includes...
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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 10 months ago

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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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      Most users think Q4wine is a great alternative to Wine.


    4. Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.
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    5. 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 almost 3 years ago

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    6. 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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    7. Using Wineskin technology, Porting Kit is a PaulTheTall.com app that can install games and apps compiled for Microsoft Windows® in Mac OS X. It has access to a server where we store WSI files for more than 300 games, which can be installed by any Porting Kit user.
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    8. Karton is a tool which can transparently run Linux programs: - 🐧 on a different Linux distribution, - 🍎 on macOS, - 💻 on a different architecture (ARMv7 and ARMv8, on a x86-64 host).
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