If you want to install some software on Linux but it is only available for Windows then this article will guide you on how to do that with WINE. This article will cover the following topics:

What is Wine?

Wine is a free and open-source compatibility layer that aims to allow application software and computer games developed for Microsoft Windows to run on several Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX)-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD.

How does it work?

It creates an environment to translate Windows system calls into POSIX-compliant system calls. It does this by recreating the directory structure of Windows and by providing alternative implementations of Windows system libraries. It does not simulate logic like emulators or VM but uses the reimplementation of Win32 API. Wine can easily translate the Windows API calls and eliminates the performance and memory penalties to help you cleanly integrate Windows applications.

Installing: Wine

To install Wine follow the steps mentioned below:

Latest version is 6.0


To remove wine follow the commands listed below:

sudo apt-get –purge remove wine

sudo apt-get remove wine-6.0 –purge

rm -rf $HOME/.wine

rm -f $HOME/.config/menus/applications-merged/*wine*

rm -rf $HOME/.local/share/applications/wine

rm -f $HOME/.local/share/desktop-directories/*wine*

rm -f $HOME/.local/share/icons/*wine*

Installing lightshot:

Follow the steps below to install lightshot:

Some useful links

Installing notepad++:


Top 25 applications and games that can be installed with wine:


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom:


Office 365 on Linux:



Applications compatible with Wine: