How to Install Windows Apps in Linux Mint?

There are many Linux distros available on the web, and some of them are really good for Windows users who want to switch to the Linux operating system. since the market share of windows is a lot, companies and developers have really outdone themselves and created their app in the form of the installer which has the exe and MSI extension. So, you know the drill, just click on the installer and install the software that you want. But the market share of Linux is not a lot, and since it is open-source, companies really don’t care to bring their products. A good example is Adobe and Techsmith, the only reason that I am using Windows is because of the support for Adobe and TechSmith programs. There is an open-source alternative in Linux, but they don’t really feel like the real one. My point is, you can install Windows Apps in Linux Mint or any other Linux distro through Wine, Playonlinux and use Linux as your main operating system.

How to Install Windows Apps in Linux Mint?

If you are trying to install windows apps in Linux Mint, then you have to install the wine. Unfortunately, you can’t install windows apps in the next man only by installing wine, you’ll have to install the wine is stable, wine mono, and wine gecko. The Wine and the Wine stable can indeed be downloaded through the software manager and terminal. But the Wine Mono and Wine Gecko can be downloaded, but they won’t work when you install them separately. I exactly don’t know the reason, that’s why during configuring The Wine, we have to install it.

I assume that you have already installed Linux mint on your main PC or installed it inside a virtual machine in your main computer. In my case, I am using Windows 11 as my main operating system and I have installed Linux Mint inside the VMWare workstation player. If you have installed them, the very first thing is that you have to download the commands to install wine, and wine stable through the terminal. Now if you’re asking that why I am not using the software manager to download wine and the wine is stable, the reason is that it is slow and most of the time it cannot download during the downloading Wine, in fact, it is giving an error.

When you run the first command, it will download a key from the wine’s official website for your PC.

Get the Wine Key

The second command will execute the key for the user and the third command is going to add it to the repository. Sudo Apt update will update the OS.

Execute Wine Key

The next command is going to download the Wine stable using the terminal.

Download Wine Stable

Type Winecfg to open the Wine configurator panel, when you type that command, Wine will bring the panels to download Wine Mono and Wine Gecko. Make sure that you install them both, or else you can’t install Windows apps in Linux Mint.

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After the Wine Mono and Wine Gecko are installed, the Wine Configurator will where you have to change from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Install Windows Apps in Linux Mint

Change Windows version in Wine

Install Notepad ++ in Linux Mint

In order to perform an example, I’m going to install the notepad++ in the Linux Mint. So, visit the official website of the notepad++ and download it then make a copy or move it to the Linux Mint operating system. Right-click on the setup and then install it the way you are installing software in windows.

Install Windows Apps in Linux Mint

Running Notepad ++ in Linux Mint


If you want to Install Windows Apps in Linux Mint, then Install Wine, Wine Stable, Wine Mono, and Wine Gecko. You can install them using the software manager but I recommend you to use the Terminal to download and configure them.


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