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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 - PlayOnMac, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Wine and 13 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Wine are CrossOver, Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion and Q4wine.

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

    • 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.

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    Most users think PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac is a great alternative to Wine.
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    PlayOnLinux uses wine technology in a simple, easy to use user interface.

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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.

    Installation on Mac
    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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    Most users think Parallels Desktop is a great alternative to Wine.

    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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    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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    VMware Fusion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac

    Seamlessly run your favorite Windows applications and devices, on any Intel-based Mac.

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

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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

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    Most users think Q4wine is a great alternative to Wine.


  6. WineBottler icon

    WineBottler

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Wine

    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.

    Discontinued

    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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    Porting Kit

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    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.

    Skyrim on Porting Kit
  8. Wineskin Winery icon

    Wineskin Winery

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Wine

    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.

    Discontinued

    Hasn't been updated in over 6 years and doesn't work on most modern versions of macOS: https://sourceforge.net/projects/wineskin/, https://github.com/Gcenx/WineskinServer#wineskin

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    Karton

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    Run Linux programs on macOS, a different Linux distro, or a different architecture.

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    WinOnX

    • Mac

    Run your Windows applications on OSX without the need of buying a Windows license.

    Discontinued

    The application has not been updated for almost three years, and also, judging by the reviews, does not work on the latest versions of macOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/winonx-64/id421346233

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