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Wine is a program which allows running Microsoft Windows programs
(including DOS, Windows 3.x, Win32, and Win64 executables) on Unix.
It consists of a program loader which loads and executes a Microsoft
Windows binary, and a library (called Winelib) that implements Windows
API calls using their Unix, X11 or Mac equivalents.  The library may also
be used for porting Windows code into native Unix executables.

Wine is free software, released under the GNU LGPL; see the file
LICENSE for the details.


From the top-level directory of the Wine source (which contains this file),


Then either install Wine:

make install

Or run Wine directly from the build directory:

./wine notepad

Run programs as "wine program".  For more information and problem
resolution, read the rest of this file, the Wine man page, and
especially the wealth of information found at


To compile and run Wine, you must have one of the following:

  Linux version 2.0.36 or later
  FreeBSD 8.0 or later
  Solaris x86 9 or later
  Mac OS X 10.5 or later

As Wine requires kernel-level thread support to run, only the operating
systems mentioned above are supported.  Other operating systems which
support kernel threads may be supported in the future.

FreeBSD info:
  Wine will generally not work properly on versions before FreeBSD 8.0.
  See for more information.

Solaris info:
  You will most likely need to build Wine with the GNU toolchain
  (gcc, gas, etc.). Warning : installing gas does *not* ensure that it
  will be used by gcc. Recompiling gcc after installing gas or
  symlinking cc, as and ld to the gnu tools is said to be necessary.

NetBSD info:
  Make sure you have the USER_LDT, SYSVSHM, SYSVSEM, and SYSVMSG options
  turned on in your kernel.

Mac OS X info:
  You need Xcode 2.4 or later to build properly on x86.
  The Mac driver requires OS X 10.6 or later and won't be built on 10.5.

Supported file systems:
  Wine should run on most file systems. A few compatibility problems
  have also been reported using files accessed through Samba. Also,
  NTFS does not provide all the file system features needed by some
  applications.  Using a native Unix file system is recommended.

Basic requirements:
  You need to have the X11 development include files installed
  (called xlib6g-dev in Debian and XFree86-devel in Red Hat).

  Of course you also need "make" (most likely GNU make).

  You also need flex version 2.5.33 or later and bison.

Optional support libraries:
  Configure will display notices when optional libraries are not found
  on your system. See for
  hints about the packages you should install. On 64-bit platforms,
  you have to make sure to install the 32-bit versions of these


To build Wine, do:


This will build the program "wine" and numerous support libraries/binaries.
The program "wine" will load and run Windows executables.
The library "libwine" ("Winelib") can be used to compile and link
Windows source code under Unix.

To see compile configuration options, do ./configure --help.

For more information, see


Once Wine has been built correctly, you can do "make install"; this
will install the wine executable and libraries, the Wine man page, and
other needed files.

Don't forget to uninstall any conflicting previous Wine installation
first.  Try either "dpkg -r wine" or "rpm -e wine" or "make uninstall"
before installing.

Once installed, you can run the "winecfg" configuration tool. See the
Support area at for configuration hints.


When invoking Wine, you may specify the entire path to the executable,
or a filename only.

For example: to run Notepad:

    wine notepad            (using the search Path as specified in
    wine notepad.exe         the registry to locate the file)

    wine c:\\windows\\notepad.exe      (using DOS filename syntax)

    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/notepad.exe  (using Unix filename syntax)

    wine notepad.exe readme.txt          (calling program with parameters)

Wine is not perfect, so some programs may crash. If that happens you
will get a crash log that you should attach to your report when filing
a bug.


WWW:	A great deal of information about Wine is available from WineHQ at : various Wine Guides, application database,
	bug tracking. This is probably the best starting point.

FAQ:	The Wine FAQ is located at

Wiki:	The Wine Wiki is located at

Mailing lists:
	There are several mailing lists for Wine users and developers;
	see for more information.

Bugs:	Report bugs to Wine Bugzilla at
	Please search the bugzilla database to check whether your
	problem is already known or fixed before posting a bug report.

IRC:	Online help is available at channel #WineHQ on

Git:	The current Wine development tree is available through Git.
	Go to for more information.

If you add something, or fix a bug, please send a patch (preferably
using git-format-patch) to the list for
inclusion in the next release.

Alexandre Julliard
2 days ago Alex Henriecomctl32/listview: Don't invalidate when new style... master
2 days ago Zebediah Figurawinedbg: Use gdb's default handling of breakpoints.
2 days ago Jacek Cabanmshtml: Expose IHTMLWindow7 interface to scripts.
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2 days ago Julian Rügerpo: Update German translation.
2 days ago Kim Malmopo: Update Norwegian translation.
2 days ago Józef Kuciawinevulkan: Trace unsupported instance extensions.
2 days ago Zhiyi Zhangcomctl32/taskdialog: Add support for TDF_RTL_LAYOUT.
2 days ago Zhiyi Zhangcomctl32/taskdialog: Add support for TDF_NO_SET_FOREGROUND.
2 days ago Zhiyi Zhangcomctl32/taskdialog: Move TASKDIALOGCONFIG pointer...
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2 days ago Michael Müllerntdll: Return success for TokenSessionId in NtSetInform...
2 days ago Dmitry Timoshkovkerberos: Silence a FIXME for the GSS_S_FAILURE case.
2 days ago Zebediah Figuramsi/tests: Test deferral of StartServices and StopServices.
2 days ago Zebediah Figuramsi/tests: Test deferral of InstallServices.
2 days ago Zebediah Figuramsi/tests: Test deferral of DeleteServices.
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