How to install and use Wine Development on a Chromebook

Installing and Using Wine Development on a Chromebook

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing and using Wine Development on your Chromebook. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on Linux-based systems, including Chromebooks with Linux app support.

Before we begin, it's important to note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD CPUs that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs.

Why Use Wine on a Chromebook?

Wine allows you to run many Windows applications on your Chromebook, expanding the range of software you can use. This can be particularly useful for specific work applications, games, or utilities that aren't available natively for Chrome OS or Linux.

Installation Process

Follow these steps to install Wine Development on your Chromebook:

  1. Enable 32-bit architecture support:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
  2. Add the WineHQ repository key:
    wget -nc && sudo apt-key add winehq.key
  3. Add the WineHQ repository:
    echo "deb bookworm main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wine_chrome_os_made_simple.list
  4. Update package lists:
    sudo apt update
  5. Install Wine Development, along with recommended packages:
    sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-staging winbind nemo

Configuring Wine

After installation, you'll need to configure Wine:

  1. Run the Wine configuration tool:
    This will create the initial Wine configuration and set up the Wine environment.
  2. Create a symbolic link to the Wine C: drive for easy access:
    ln -s /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c /home/$USER/wine
    This step creates a shortcut to your Wine C: drive in your home directory.

Using Wine

To use Wine, you can download Windows executable files (.exe) and run them using the Wine command. For example:

wine program.exe

Replace "program.exe" with the name of the Windows application you want to run.

Example Application

As an example, we've tested the installation process with Super Smash Flash 2, which you can download from

For a step-by-step guide on installing and running this specific application, please refer to our Google Doc tutorial.

Important Considerations

While Wine is a powerful tool, it's important to remember that not all Windows applications will work perfectly. Some may have compatibility issues or reduced performance. It's always a good idea to check the WineHQ database for specific application compatibility before installing.

Video Tutorial

For a visual guide on the installation and usage process, please watch our video tutorial:

Additional Resources

To learn more about Chromebooks and their capabilities, check out these resources:

If you have any questions or run into issues during the installation process, please don't hesitate to ask for help in the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to assist you in getting Wine up and running on your Chromebook!