How to install Windows programs on Mac OS X

The most common practice for installing Windows programs on Mac OS X  is to  create a Windows virtual machine on the Mac. The most common virtualization programs for Mac are Parallels, VMware Fusion  and VirtualBox, the first two paid and the last one free. In this Guide to Technology Passion we will explain how to use Windows programs on the Mac, without using a virtual machine, using the Wine platform.

Install Windows programs on Mac

Wine ( acronym for Wine is not an Emulator ) is software that allows you to run Windows programs on Unix-based operating systems such as Linux or MacOS X. Many Windows programs can then be installed on the Mac thanks to this platform. Although the compatibility of the programs is high, it can still happen that some special software can not work with Wine. This IT Guide, we will see an effective method that explains how to use Wine on Mac  to  install Windows programs on OS X.

Install Windows Programs on Mac OS with the WineBottler application

WineBottler is a complete application for Mac OS X that allows you to run Windows programs on the Apple operating system. The use of this program is very simple and requires simple configurations to be configured.

To use WineBottler on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest stable version of the program from the official WineBootler website (about 150 MB);
  2. Open the downloaded DMG package and drag the WineBottler icon to the blue applications folder, taking care not to drag the “WineBootler Combo” disk on the OS X desktop to the recycle bin;
  3. Download the program for Windows you want to install or simply open on your Mac;
  4. Click on the previously downloaded .exe file , making sure that it is opened with the new WineBottler app, otherwise, click on the file with the right button, selecting Open with > Wine (Default) ;
  5. If the screen with indication ” Unable to open” Wine ” should open because the identity of the developer can not be confirmed “, click on the “Open” button, if present, or access the OSX system preferences, click on ” Security and Privacy ” and select ” Open anyway “, under the heading ” Allow apps downloaded from: ” next to ” The opening of Wine has been blocked because … “. When finished, close the settings window and repeat step 4;
  6. At this point, select the option ” Run directly in (path) ” to immediately use the application, click on “Go” and wait for the end of the conversion process;
  7. If the Windows application requires installation, it must be completed, as if we were in the Windows environment. Any folders and paths will be created in the Wine Files folder under the OSX user profile;
  8. At the end, we can find and launch the application, by accessing the local Wine folder, in the path User Profile> Wine File> drive_c> Program Files> App Name (or something similar);
  9. Clicking on the executable of the app, the Wine execution window will open, to which we simply have to click on Go to execute it. To avoid always displaying this window, select ” Do not show this dialog again “.

Via WineBottler you can also select the ” Convert to simple OS X Application bundle with WineBottle ” option to compile Windows apps and integrate them into the list of native OS X apps. This solution is more laborious and requires more familiarity. We therefore recommend using the method mentioned above.

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By launching the WinBottler application from the OS X applications, a screen will open with the list of the already tested software for Windows, which will be possible to install on the Mac with a simple click. The apps are categorized by category and represent the most popular among users.

In this guide we have found that, through the WineBootler application it will be possible, for example, to install Notepad ++ on Mac or other programs, such as Internet Explorer, Steam, 7-Zip, Microsoft Access and much more. It will not be difficult to find out which Windows applications are compatible with Wine, simply download and test them from time to time, noting the outcome.