How to install Wine on Ubuntu 18.04

Once upon a time, Linux suffered a severe shortage of useful applications.  Windows was considered the better option owing to its vast myriad of applications, especially in the business world and gaming. To counter this shortfall, a compatibility layer called Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) was developed. Wine is a free and open source application allows users to run Windows applications in a Linux environment. Nowadays, Wine is a must-have tool for Linux users who don’t want to let go of Windows native applications especially gamers. In this tutorial, we’ll see how to install Wine on Ubuntu 18.04.

How to install Wine 3.15 on Ubuntu 18.04

At the time of writing this tutorial, The latest stable version of Wine is Wine 3.15.

Installation steps

First, download the wineHQ key


Sample Output

--2018-09-06 15:28:01--
Resolving (
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 3122 (3.0K) [application/pgp-keys]
Saving to: ‘Release.key’

100%[======================================>] 3,122       --.-K/s   in 0.005s

2018-09-06 15:28:02 (616 KB/s) - ‘Release.key’ saved [3122/3122]

Next, add it to your System

apt-key add Release.key



Add the official Wine repository to the sources list

apt-add-repository ''

Next, update your System

apt update
Finally , install Wine using the command below
apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

Upon successful installation of wine, you can check its version using the command below

wine --version



To run a Windows application in wine type

wine application.exe

Closing thoughts

That’s it on how to install Wine on Ubuntu 18.04. Keep it Cloudcone for more helpful articles.

About James

Hey there! This is James, a Linux administrator and a tech enthusiast. I love experimenting with various distributions of Linux and keeping tabs on what's new in the Linux world.
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