Wine’s Staging branch is miles ahead of standard Wine in terms of both performance and features. You can install the latest Staging releases on Debian just as easily as the default version and get the latest updates as soon as they’re released.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to Enable 32bit Support
- How to Import the Wine GPG Key
- How to Add the Wine Repository
- How to Install Wine Staging
- How to Open the Configuration and Test
Software Requirements and Conventions Used
|Category||Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used|
|System||Debian 10 Buster|
|Other||Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the
# – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
How to Enable 32bit Support
Before you can install Wine, you’re going to enable 32bit support on your system. Wine is fully capable of running on 64bit only systems, but that will limit the Windows applications you can run the 64bit ones. Unfortunately, a large portion of Windows applications are still 32bit, so it would be fairly limiting.
It’s really simple to enable 32bit support on Debian. Just tell
dpkg to add the architecture.
$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
Now, update Apt to apply the change.
$ sudo apt update
How to Import the Wine GPG Key
Like all Debian repositories, the official Wine repo requires a GPG key to secure your downloads and verify them. Start by downloading the key with
$ wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
Import the key with Apt.
$ sudo apt-key add winehq.key
How to Add the Wine Repository
You can add the repository to your system now. This is an official repository straight from the Wine developers, so there’s no need to worry about broken packages or instability, and it certainly won’t be abandoned any time soon.
Use your text editor to create a file at
/etc/apt/sources.list.d/wine.list. Place the following line in that file.
deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/debian/ buster main
Save the file and exit. Then, update Apt again to add the repository.
$ sudo apt update
How to Install Wine Staging
You’re finally ready to install Wine. It’s better to install it along with the recommended packages to ensure more complete support for whichever software you’re running.
$ sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-staging
It’ll be a fairly large download, so sit back and relax for a bit.
How to Open the Configuration and Test
You can make sure that Wine is installed on your system by running
winecfg. Open a terminal window and run the command as a regular user. Wine will take a few seconds to set itself up for the first time. Then, you’ll see the Wine configuration settings. Click the About tab. You should see the version of Wine that you installed with “Staging” next to it.
Wine Staging is installed and ready to use. Because you installed Wine Staging from the official repository, expect frequent updates to the latest versions as they arrive. You also won’t ever be limited by using the Stable branch of Debian because the repository will remain both compatible and up-to-date.