How to install PlayOnLinux on Linux

Last updated on June 26, 2020 by Dan Nanni

Question: I want to run a Windows-based game in my Linux environment. For that, I would like use Wine/PlayOnLinux to install and run the Windows software on top of Linux. How can I install them on [insert your Linux distro]?

Wine was developed as compatibility layer software for Linux, allowing you to run Microsoft Windows applications on Linux and other UNIX-based operating systems (MacOS X, FreeBSD, Solaris). Wine achieves this by implementing compatible Windows application binary interfaces. PlayOnLinux is a graphical frontend for Wine, which streamlines the installation process of well-known Windows applications and games under Wine platform by automatically configuring Wine as needed.

Here is how to install PlayOnLinux on various Linux platforms. Since PlayOnLinux relies on Wine, you must have Wine installed on your system first. Once Wine is installed, proceed to install PlayOnLinux as follows.

Install PlayOnLinux on Debian 8 (Jessie) or Later

Debian 8 starts to ship PlayOnLinux on its contrib repository. Thus, first enable contrib and non-free repositories on your Debian if you haven't, and then simply use apt command.

$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Install PlayOnLinux on Debian 7 (Wheezy) or Earler

On earlier versions of Debian, you can use the PlayOnLinux's official repository to install it as follows.

$ wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | apt-key add -
$ sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_`lsb_release -sc`.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic) or Higher

PlayOnLinux is available in Ubuntu's base repositires starting from Ubuntu 14.10. Thus on those Ubuntu releasess, installation of PlayOnLinux is as easy as running:

$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) or Earlier

On earlier versions of Ubuntu, install the PlayOnLinux package available from its own repository as follows.

$ wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O- | apt-key add -
$ sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_`lsb_release -sc`.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Install PlayOnLinux on Fedora, CentOS or RHEL

On a Red-Hat-based system, you can use the official PlayOnLinux RPM repository to install it.

$ sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/playonlinux.repo http://rpm.playonlinux.com/playonlinux.repo
$ sudo yum install playonlinux

Install PlayOnLinux on Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, PlayOnLinux can be easily installed with pacman:

$ sudo pacman -Syu playonlinux

Start PlayOnLinux

Once installed, PlayOnLinux can be invoked by running playonlinux command as a regular user.

$ playonlinux

You can easily choose and install a Window application from the application pool.

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