Wine for Mac1.6.2 / 1.7.52 Dev

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Free and open source implementation of the Windows API designed to help you seamlessly and effortlessly run Windows programs on your Mac

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Running Windows applications on your Mac is not impossible and there are various solutions to complete the task. The first idea that comes to mind is to actually install a Windows operating on your Mac by using Boot Camp but that means that you must restart your computer to switch between the operating systems.

On the other hand, you can choose to create a virtual machine via different emulators and run the apps natively but that might prove to be time consuming to set up and a bit demanding on the resources side.

Run Windows programs seamlessly on your Mac

Wine, which stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator, takes a different approach: since Mac OS X is POSIX compliant, Wine translates the Windows API calls into POSIX calls in order to be understood by Apple’s operating system. The conversion is done on-the-fly and enables you to integrate Windows applications into your workflow in no time.

Support for a wide array of Windows programs

Wine is a free software and volunteers work to provide out-of-the-box support for different applications. You can find which apps are Wine compatible, submit requests, view statistics and much more Wine Application Database page.

The Wine developers provide the source code which you can compile yourself or you can use some of the unofficial binaries. Probably the most popular Wine binary release is Mike Kronenberg’s which you can find page. Additionally, you can use the Darwine team build which can be downloaded from the Darwine page.

Use Windows app without restarting your Mac

Wine is great if you need to run Windows native applications on your Mac without having to use Boot Camp and restart your system. Setting up virtual machines takes slightly more time, more resources and you might have issues if you need the Windows app to interact with your Mac OS X.

Wine simply translates the commands to a language that Mac OS X understands: this way the resources usage is reduced and you can run apps right out of the box.

Wine was reviewed by Iulia Ivan
Last updated on October 2nd, 2015
Wine - The Wine application allows you to run Windows application on your Mac OS X installation without having to use BootcampWine - Direct the Wine app to the Windows application that you want to run and the utility takes care of the restWine - In the Wine Preferences window you can choose to use different Windows versions for specific applicationsWine - The same area offers you the possibility to override certain Dynamic Link Libraries in order to replace the builtin filesWine - In the Wine Graphics Preferences window you get to adjust the screen resolution and other window settingsWine - In the Wine Appearance Preferences pane you get to quickly install custom themes for the app's user interfaceWine - Wine can autodetect the available drives, but also allows you to manually edit the drive mappingWine - The Wine Audio panel enables you to setup the default input and output devices used by the Windows apps running on your Mac

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