How to install Wine 5.0.1 on a Chromebook

Today we are looking at how to install and use Wine 5.0.1 on a Chromebook.  Please follow the video/audio guide as a tutorial where we explain the process step by step and use the commands below.

As you can see it is a long process, but if you follow every step as seen in the video, you should be able to do it, please contact us with a YouTube comment if you have any questions.  To be honest, this method is not perfect yet but it does work like the applications take a very long time to launch (I do believe that 64-bit applications launch faster or not disabling the Crostini GPU support flag should also fasten it up,  please let us know what your experiences are).  Another error is that after closing a Wine application, there is still an application or something running in the background that only shutdown after shutting down the Chromebook.  If you tried to install Wine in the past, you would know that the app launchers does not work by default, we do show how to fix it, and as you see that it can be a hassle but not at all impossible.

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We installed Audacity in this tutorial as an example and we also mentioned that only Chromebooks with Intel or AMD CPUs with Linux Apps support will be able to install and use Wine as it has 64 Bit architecture and not Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture.

If this process is a bit too daunting you can have a look at Crossover, which is a fantastic company that created an easy to use layer-based on Wine and they created this Android App, which they no longer update but still works very well (here is an example tutorial), due to changes in the Play Store, but their next Linux version will come with good support for Linux Apps in a Chromebook, but that will be a paid application.  PlayOnLinux sadly does not work.

Please take note that with the release of Chrome OS 90,  the location of Linux Apps has been changed in the Chromebook’s settings.  Have a look at this tutorial, to see how to turn on Linux apps and then continue with the installation tutorial.

Update: with the release of Chrome OS 120, the Linux container on a Chromebook has been upgraded to a newer version.  Because of this, we updated the commands to keep the tutorial relevant.  If you have any questions, please let us know on Youtube.

Commands Used:
1) sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
2) wget -nc
3) sudo apt-key add winehq.key
4) sudo apt install nano
5) sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
deb bookworm main
7) sudo apt update
8) sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable
9) winecfg
10) wine audacity.exe
11) sudo apt install menulibre
12) menulibre 


Applications compatible with Wine:

Commands are mainly based on this:

Official Site:

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