Wine (software)

compatibility layer for running Windows software on Unix-like systems

Wine is a piece of software which lets Unix-like computer operating systems on the x86 and x86-64 architectures to execute programs written for Microsoft Windows. Wine runs Windows programs without using emulation. Wine also provides a software library known as Winelib which developers can compile Windows applications against to help port them to Unix-like systems.[3] Some Wine code is used in ReactOS, a free operating system that is Windows-compatible and is not based on Unix.

Original author(s)Alexandre Julliard
Developer(s)Wine authors
(1,426 and counting)
Initial releaseJuly 4, 1993; 29 years ago (1993-07-04)
Stable release
8.0.1[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 20 April 2023; 47 days ago (20 April 2023)
Preview release
8.9[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 26 May 2023; 11 days ago (26 May 2023)
Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like systems and Microsoft Windows
Size19 MB (archived)
Available inEnglish
TypeCompatibility layer
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License

The Wine developers released version 1.0 of Wine, after 15 years of development, on June 17 2008. Wine is free software, released under terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).


  1. "Wine 8.0.1 Released". 20 April 2023. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  2. "Wine 8.9 Released". 26 May 2023. Retrieved 28 May 2023.
  3. "Winelib". Wine HQ. Retrieved 2019-01-22.

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