How to install and use Wine 8.0.2 on a Chromebook

Today, we're exploring how to install and use Wine 8.0.2 or newer on a Chromebook. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step, complementing the video tutorial below with detailed instructions and commands.

Introduction to Wine on Chromebooks

Wine (which stands for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, including Linux. By installing Wine on your Chromebook, you can potentially run a wide range of Windows software without needing a Windows license or virtual machine.

Compatibility Note

This tutorial is specifically designed for Chromebooks with an Intel or AMD CPU that support Linux Apps. Unfortunately, this method is not compatible with Chromebooks using an ARM64 architecture CPU.

Before You Begin

It's important to note that while Wine is a powerful tool, not all Windows applications are guaranteed to work perfectly. Many applications do run well, but you may encounter some that have issues or don't run at all. This is due to the complex nature of translating Windows API calls to their Linux equivalents.

Installation Process

Follow these steps carefully to install Wine 8.0.2 or newer on your Chromebook:

  1. Enable 32-bit architecture support:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
  2. Download and add the WineHQ GPG 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 the package list:
    sudo apt update
  5. Install Wine and additional recommended packages:
    sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable nemo winbind
  6. Configure Wine:
  7. Create a symbolic link to the Wine C: drive:
    ln -s  /home/$USER/.wine/drive_c /home/$USER/wine

Using Wine

After installation, you can use Wine to run Windows executables. Simply navigate to the .exe file in your file manager and open it with Wine. Alternatively, you can use the command line:

wine path/to/your/application.exe

Remember that the first time you run a Windows application, Wine may need to install additional components. This process can take some time, so be patient.

Example Application

As an example of what you can do with Wine, we've used Super Smash Flash 2 in our tutorial. You can download it from:

This game serves as a good test for Wine's capabilities, as it's a complex application that requires good performance.


If you encounter issues with specific applications, the Wine AppDB is an excellent resource. It provides user reports on how well various Windows applications work with Wine and often includes tips for getting problematic software to run.


Installing Wine on your Chromebook opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to run many Windows applications on your Chrome OS device. While it's not a perfect solution for every Windows program, it's a powerful tool that can significantly extend the capabilities of your Chromebook.

For more information about Wine and its capabilities, visit the official Wine website:

If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help you make the most of your Chromebook!

Additional Resources

For those interested in exploring more about Chromebooks and their capabilities, check out these resources:

Happy computing, and enjoy your enhanced Chromebook experience with Wine!