Run program from Files->Other locations using terminal

Hello,
so I'm using Linux manjaro gnome 3 and Windows 10 (dual booting). Presently looking for ways to run programs from Windows on Linux. I want to know how to run windows programs using terminal and how to create windows programs shortcuts in favorites bar? Thanks :slight_smile:

Hi and welcome!

The application you are searching is wine. It is not an emulator, but a translation layer for the windows api.

Install it:

pamac install wine

To install a program you can simply create a wine environment:

WINEPREFIX=/path/to/prefix WINEARCH=win32 wineboot (or win64)

Then

env WINEPREFIX=/path/to/prefix WINEARCH=win32 wine path/to/program.exe

Simple programs work like this, but not all work correctly. Shortcuts are made automatically while setup and are findable in the wine category of the menu.

Have look at

pamac install winetricks

Manager like lutris, gamehub or playonlinux are made more for games.

https://appdb.winehq.org/ is good database to see how good the windows program works or if it rubbish.

https://www.protondb.com/ is a wrapper for wine and made primary for game on steam. The database is also a good source.

I guess that should be enough for now. If you have questions. Just ask :wink:

And a comment to this. In my experience it is a really bad idea to run windows programs on the windows partition with wine on linux.

A good behavior is to make a clean install of the program and create for every application a new wine environment to avoid conflicts and keep the hacks which are sometimes needed not in conflict with other programs. This way every program exists in his own environment and work properly. The folder can be moved and all settings stay no matter on which system.

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