How to Install Wine on macOS System on Mac PC

Are you a Mac user who wants to use a Windows program or game? Macs aren’t made for Windows stuff, but you can still do it with special software like Wine, Wineskin, Winebottler, PlayOnMac, or Crossover.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up Wine (also called Wine-Crossover) to run Windows programs and games on macOS Monterey 12. It works on Macs with Apple Silicon M1, M2, or Intel processors. Whether you’re a gamer, a business person, or need Windows software, this guide will get you started running Windows stuff on your Apple PC.

Using Wine (WineHQ) on macOS on a Mac PC

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How to Run Windows Programs or Games on a Mac: Tips and Tools

It’s usually tricky to run Windows programs on a Mac because they’re only sometimes compatible. But there are some tools you can use to try. Programs like Wine, Wineskin, Winebottler, and PlayOnMac help you install EXE or MSI files on your PC. They work by creating a middle ground so Windows stuff can run on a PC.

Out of these options, Crossover is often seen as the best for running Windows programs. But it costs money, so only some people like it.

Another way is to use software built with Wine, which you can find on GitHub. This lets you install 32-bit or 64-bit apps on your PC, giving you more choices in what you can use.

Installing Wine in macOS OS on a Mac PC

There are two ways to use this software on your M1 or M2. You can either watch our fantastic video tutorial or follow the step-by-step instructions we give you here.

  1. You have two options for installing wine software: you can install it the regular way or quickly through Homebrew. First, go to this website and install Homebrew on your computer. It might take a while, depending on how fast your internet is. Just wait until it is complete to download and install the Xcode tools. Then, Homebrew will download and install.
    /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)"

    Homebrew Official Logo

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  2. After you’ve got Homebrew set up on your computer, the next thing to do is get Wine from GitHub. You can do this by typing a simple command into your terminal window. Once it’s done installing, you can start using it to run and use Windows apps on your Mac.
    brew install --no-quarantine gcenx/wine/wine-crossover
  3. After you’ve installed it on your computer, go to the Applications folder and find the app you want to use. When you open it, a window will pop up with some helpful info about Wine. This can help you fix any problems you run into while using it.

How to Install Windows Software using Wine on Mac

  1. If you want to install Windows software on your Mac, you can use a unique tool called Wine or CrossOver. Here’s how: First, download the software you want and save it on your PC. Then, open the compatibility tool and follow the steps to install the Windows software. Double-click the setup file and go through the installation steps, just like you would on a Windows computer.
  2. Upon starting the installation of the program, a window will occur where you can select your preferred language and other options. Once you’ve set everything up the way you want, go ahead and start the installation. Then, you’ll have to wait for it to finish.
  3. If you have to reopen the program after shutting it down, check the command mentioned in the video guide. It’ll tell you what to do to start the program again so you can keep using it.

How to Uninstall Wine from Mac

  1. To get rid of this app, go to your Applications folder, find Wine Crossover, and drag it to the trash. Then, empty the trash to delete it completely.
  2. Open the terminal on your PC, then type in the command “brew” to unmount specific directories.
    brew uninstall gcenx/wine/wine-crossover
  3. If you want to get rid of Homebrew from your computer, type this command into the terminal.
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/uninstall.sh)"

Conclusion

To sum up, it can be challenging to use Windows programs on macOS, but with tools like Wine, it’s doable. Whether you’re into gaming, work, or need Windows software for anything else, these steps can help you start running Windows stuff on your Mac.

With this app method, you can set up and use lots of Windows apps on macOS Monterey 12, whether you control an Apple Silicon M1, M2, or Intel processor. Go ahead and try it out to see how it goes for you.

If you liked this article and want to learn more about Mac software, make sure to read our guide on installing Photoshop on a Mac. In that guide, we explain how to use the actual macOS software instead of Wine.

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