Install Playonlinux on Ubuntu 19.04 or Linux Mint

Let’s see the install, use and uninstall PlayOnLinux for LinuxMint, Debian and Ubuntu 19.04, 18.04 LTS, 17.04, 16.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS…

PlayonLinux is a nifty program that uses to run Windows-based applications on Linux systems such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and more… It relies on other well known open source project called WineHQ project to run becuase it uses Wine’s compatibility layer to run Windows programs on Linux systems. Basically, it provides a graphical user interface at the front to users, so that they can easily manage Windows app installed on Linux. However, it still lags somewhere becuase you can’t run each and every Windows program on Linux except those are supported by PlayOnLinux. Apart for Linux OS, it also offers PlayOnMac to run Windows program on MacOS.

 

How to install PlayonLinux on Linux Mint or Ubuntu to run Windows programs

Step 1: Open Command Terminal on Linux Mint or Ubuntu

To open command terminal simple use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T or just right click on desktop and select the option Open in Terminal.

Open command terminal in Linux Mint or Ubuntu

Step 2: Command to install PlayOnLinux for Ubuntu & LinuxMint

For the newer or latest version of Ubuntu and LinuxMint you don’t need to add any repo, just on command terminal type:

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

The above command will start the process of downloading and installing PlayOnLinux instantly. When the terminal asks for your permission to download it press Y.

However, for older Ubuntu & Linux Mint versions or Debian Linux operating systems’ those don’t accept the above command, the user either can use the direct Debian file or respective PlayOnLinux repository.

Repository for different Ubuntu & Linux Mint versions:

For the Cosmic version of Ubuntu and LinuxMint

Use the commands to add repo:

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

For the Bionic version

Use the commands to add repo:

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

For the Xenial version

Use the commands to add repo:

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

For the Trusty version

Use the commands to add repo:

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

For the Saucy version

Use the commands to add repo:

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

For the Precise version

Use the commands to add repo:

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

Install PlayLinux using the Debian file on any Debian based system

For installing it using Debian file simply visit its Download webpage.

On the Download page of PlayOnLinux go to Ubuntu option and click on it. When Deb file- PlayOnLinux_x.x.x.deb appears right click on that and copy link address.

Download debian file of Playonlinux for running windows apps

Open Command Terminal and download:

On command terminal use type wget and past the copied link then press enter key.

For example:

wget paste link copied 

then it would be like this:

wget https://www.playonlinux.com/script_files/PlayOnLinux/4.3.4/PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb

Install Playonlinux using debian file

Run Playonlinux scripts on Ubuntu/Linux Mint or Debian

After downloading the use the ls command to see it on your Linux OS.

ls

When Deb file for PlayonLinux appears, copy the file name and use with below command:

sudo dpkg -i (filename)

So, the command will be like this:

sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb

how to use Playonlinux on Linux mint or Ubuntu

[Optional] If you get some dependencies error then first run the below command and then again run the above dpkg command to install it.

sudo apt-get install -f

Step 4: Install Wine

The PlayOnLinux is just a front-end and for installing and running Windows programs on Linux, in the background it uses Wine. Thus, your system ought to have Wine. To install it use the below command:

sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386
wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/
sudo apt-get-update
sudo apt-get install –install-recommends winehq-stable

For Wine configuration:

WINEARCH=win32 winecfg

See this article: Install Wine on Ubuntu or Linux Mint step by step

Step 3: How to use PlayonLinux

As per your Linux OS go to the applications and search for this installed program. When it appears, click on it to start.

Instal Play on Linux for Linux Mint or Ubuntu

Step 4: Install Windows software on PlayOnLinux

When the Play On Linux appears, click on Install button from its menu and then move to the next step.

Click on Install button of PlayonLinux

All the applications that are available for Play On Linux will appear here. Navigate them through the given categories to find the application you want to install (availability is subjective) or just type the program name in the search box. For example, here we are installing Notepad Plus Plus Window app on Linux.

When the application gets appeared, select and click on the Install button.

isntall notepad++ on Linux

Follow the Wizard:

Welcome wizard of PlayOnLinux install

Installaer langauge on WIne for Windows program Notepad instalaltion on Linux run windows software on Linux Mint or Ubuntu

To install non-listed programs on PlayonLinux or to install any Windows program manually then simply click on Install a non-listed program link given at bottom left side on the PlayOnLinux Install Menu and then simply again follow the wizard.

Uninstall PlayOnLinux

To uninstall this programme type the following command:

sudo apt-get remove playonlinux

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