How to install Wine HQ on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Noble Linux

Planning to install some important Windows applications on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Linux then WineHQ will be your resort. If you yet don’t know about the popular WINE, then it is a compatibility layer for Linux systems to run Windows applications. If you wondering how WINE works, it provides a bridge between the Windows API and the Unix API, by translating Windows API calls into native Linux system calls. Hence letting users install a wide range of Windows software. Although every Windows software will not work perfectly with WINE, there is still a long list of apps that work without errors on Linux.

Here in this article, we learn how to install WINE on Ubuntu 24.04 to run Windows software.

1. Ubuntu Command Terminal

First, on your Ubuntu 24.04 either press the Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or go to “Show Apps” and search for the Terminal to open it. Once you have the access, run the system update command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

2. Enable 32-bit architecture

Enable the 32-bit support for Wine with the help of the given command:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

3. Add WineHQ Repository

The version of Wine available through the default Ubuntu repository is not the latest one. Therefore, we have to add WineHQ’s official repository manually, so that we can have the latest Wine version to install the various Windows-compatible applications without producing issues.

Add Wine GPG key:

sudo mkdir -pm755 /etc/apt/keyrings
sudo wget -O /etc/apt/keyrings/winehq-archive.key

Add the Wine repository:

Adding the GPG key is important because the system needs it to confirm the authenticity of the packages available through the WINE repository. Now, also add the repository, here are the commands to follow:

sudo wget -NP /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

Run the system update command and also reload the Daemon:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo apt update

4. Installing WineHQ on Ubuntu 24.04

We have prepared our system and fulfilled all other requirements that we need to install the latest available version of Wine on Ubuntu 24.04. Now, use the given APT command in your terminal.

Note: Only use one out of the three given commands to install WINE on Ubuntu. Also, at the time of writing this tutorial, only the Developer and staging branch were available to install on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS.

Stable branch (recommended)

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

If you are a developer and want to test the unstable version, can use the given commands as per your preference. Also, if the stable version is not available for your Ubuntu Linux then go for the Development branch.

Development branch

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

Staging branch

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-staging

5. Check the Version

With the completion of the WineHQ installation, confirm whether it is on our system or not. So, execute the given command:

wine --version

6. Configuring WineHQ:

WineHQ offers a GUI-based configuration tool that we can use to manage various Wine settings such as default Windows version, libraries, drivers, graphics, desktop integration, and Audio. This configuration tool is known as “winecfg” and to run it, in your terminal run the given command.

Wine configuration tools GUI Ubuntu

7. Installing Windows Applications

The installation of Windows applications on Ubuntu 24.04 using Wine is not very difficult. For example, we want to install the popular MobaXterm. So, first, download its executable (.exe) file and then right-click on it, select “Open with Other Application” and after that click the “wine loader” to run with Wine. After that follow the installation wizard like do on Windows. To learn in detail check out our article on how to install MobaXterm on Ubuntu.

Run Windows app with Wine

8. Wine Uninstallation

If due to any reason you want to remove the WineHQ from Ubuntu 24.04, then in your terminal run the given command:

For Stable branch:

sudo apt remove winehq-stable

For the Development branch:

sudo apt remove winehq-devel

For the Staging branch:

sudo apt remove winehq-staging

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2 thoughts on “How to install Wine HQ on Ubuntu 24.04 LTS Noble Linux”

    • Enabling 32-bit architecture in WINE on a 64-bit Ubuntu system can be very important, depending on your needs because many Windows applications are still 32-bit. Hence, it allows WINE to create a 32-bit environment, which is necessary for running and supporting 32-bit Windows applications.


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