Install wine on Fedora / Centos

Wine is an open source and free application for Linux that enables users to run any windows based application on Unix/Linux like operating system. Wine team is keep releasing their versions in every two weeks. Last day the founder of Wine project Alexandre Julliard announced the release of version 1.5.27 with some additional improvements and bug fixes. To know more about new features and changes visit at

Read also : Install Wine 1.5.28 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Install Wine in LinuxIn this article we will guide you a simplest way to install latest release of Wine 1.5.27 version in RHEL 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8/5.6, CentOS 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8/5.6 and Fedora 18,17,16,15,14,13,12 using source code. Install Wine 1.5.28 in RHEL 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8, CentOS 6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6/5.9/5.8 and Fedora 18,17,16,15,14,13,12

Installing Wine 1.5.28 in RHEL, CentOS and Fedora

Step 1: Installing Dependency Packages

We need to install ‘Development Tools‘ with some core development tools such gcc, flex, bison, debuggers etc. these software’s are must required to compile and build new packages, install them using YUM command.

# yum -y groupinstall 'Development Tools'
# yum -y install libX11-devel freetype-devel

Step 2: Downloading Wine 1.5.28

Download the source file using Wget command under /tmp directory as a normal User.

$ cd /tmp
$ wget

Step 3: Extracting Wine 1.5.28

Once the file is downloaded under /tmp directory, use the below commands to extract it.

$ tar -xvf wine-1.5.28.tar.bz2 -C /tmp/

Step 4: Installing Wine 1.5.28

It is recommended to compile and build Wine installer as a normal User. Run the following commands as normal user. (Note : The installer might take up-to 20-30 minutes and in the middle it will ask you to enter root password).

$ cd wine-1.5.28/
$ ./tools/wineinstall

Once the installation completes run the “winecfg” configuration tool from KDE or GNOME desktop to see the supported configuration. If you don’t have any of the desktop, you can install it by using the below command as root user.

# yum groupinstall "X Window System" "GNOME Desktop Environment"
# yum groupinstall "X Window System" "KDE (K Desktop Environment)"

Once the X Window System installed, run the command as normal user to see wine configuration.

$ winecfg

Winecfg Screen

Step 5: Running Wine 1.5.28

To run the Wine, you must specify the full path to the executable program. For example shown below.

$ wine notepad
$ wine notepad.exe 
$ wine c:\\windows\\notepad.exe

Running Wine in KDE

Wine is not perfect, because while using wine we see so many programs crashes. I think wine team will soon fix all bugs in their upcoming version and meanwhile do share your comments using our below form.


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