WineXS – Simple graphical environment to configure Wine

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Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X and Unix.Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris.

WineXS allows you to easily configure Wine by installing and removing  software, editing the registry, managing files, and more.

Install WineXS in Ubuntu

first you need to download the file from where you want to run this installation in this example i am using /home/user

$cd /home/user


Now you need to extract .tgz file using the following command

$tar xvzf winexs-1.4.2.tgz

Now you should be having winexs directory now you need to go into this directory

$cd winexs

Run the following command to run winexs


Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen,Here you can install,remove software,install system files,wine configuration

Software Installation screen

Install System files screen

Wine configuration screen

This application is very easy and i personally like this.If you guys have any more tips on this please share here.

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19 Responses

  1. Orlsend says:

    Its this another spin off of wine? (Like Cedega and Crossover)

  2. sajesh says:

    will try this out tonight but why does it have to look so fugly? why so so win 2000? why o why?

  3. AppleHacks says:

    PlayOnLinux is good too.

  4. Jonas Bark says:

    @Orlsend: No, consider it as add-on for Wine.

  5. question says:

    nice tut. i gotta ask one thing, is that the only way to open winexs? can’t i make a shortcut of it and put it in my wine menu?

  6. yes, just add it through the menu config and link it to your binary file “winexs”

  7. gabak says:

    it is like crossover , but crossover it is better and easier to you

  8. alzan says:

    Crossover is not free 😉

  9. baldmancan says:

    Hi all,
    I am new to this stuff.. I have Wine installed.. How do I add this GUI, if wine already installed. Maybe I missed something here but I can’t see how.
    to do it as an add on

  10. Dan Kegel says:

    Say, that “install system libraries” screen
    looks a lot like winetricks. Are you using
    winetricks internally?

    Also, I didn’t see the source code for winesx.
    Is it available?

  11. Silver Knight says:


    It is NOT like Crossover. Crossover is a commercial product based on Wine with changes made to the Wine source code. This is more like PlayOnLinux or Wine-Doors. It’s a GUI for running and managing OFFICIAL Wine installs. Nothing more, nothing less. While Crossover and similar products like Cedega DO have a GUI, they do NOT use native Wine. They use their own customized versions of Wine with DirectX extensions and other additional code. This does not come with any customized version of Wine.

  12. gabak says:

    well crossover may nt be free but it works like a charm , so easy to use and it is nt that expensive either

  13. Sandy says:

    I get a message in the terminal window.

    Gtk-Message: Failed to load module “canberra-gtk-module”: /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/modules/ wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64

    Linux Mint Gloria x64 Edition

  14. LeeNukes says:

    Looks good. I find it frustrating when I have to kill rogue wine processes off with killall or kill. Some applications just don’t start right and its best to virtually reboot your wine.

  15. Edwin Sineath says:

    I got this extracted and opened, but it doesn’t work. For example, I click on Install Software, grab what I want from a cd with a Windows program on it, click install…and nothing happens.

  16. johnH says:

    yes, just add it through the menu config and link it to your binary file “winexs”

    Would someone expand on the above quote, to give detailed instructions on making a link to “winexs” so it can be started more convinently.

  17. clicerio says:

    when I run the command. / winexs the following message:

    bash: ./winexs: No such file or directory

  18. darkid says:

    Uhh my problem:
    ./winexs: Exec format error. Binary file not executable.

    wine winexs-
    wine: Module not found

    this whole massive thing that looks like:
    Select a package to install
    Cancel art2kmin atmlib cmake colorprofile comct132 comct132.ocx controlpad corefonts…
    and so on.
    what am i doing wrong?

  19. In case anybody cares: The download link is broken, but there is a mirrored version at

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