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OSXWineBuilder

Easily install vanilla Wine

Vanilla-flavoured Wine?

Gross! Luckily for us, 'vanilla Wine' means a pure, untainted version of Wine. OSXWineBuilder downloads, builds, and installs Wine for you, and all you have to do is--well, sit there.

What you need

Among other things:

  • Xcode tools
  • XQuartz latest

Installing OSXWineBuilder & Wine

Open Terminal.app and copy and paste the following code, then press return:


cd ~/
svn checkout http://osxwinebuilder.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ osxwinebuilder
		

This will download the OSXWineBuilder folder to your home folder.

Next, navigate into the osxwinebuilder folder and start the magic:


cd osxwinebuilder
sh osxwinebuild.sh --devel #Other options: --stable, --crossover, --cxgames
		

This will jump into the osxwinebuilder folder and tell the OSXWineBuilder script to start installing the newest development version of Wine. Here's what the OSXWineBuilder script does:

  • Makes a wine folder in your home directory
  • Downloads a bunch of stuff Wine needs into ~/wine/source (a bit over 100MB):

$ ls ~/wine/source
    cabextract-1.3.tar.gz
    fontconfig-2.8.0.tar.gz
    freetype-2.4.3.tar.bz2
    gd-2.0.36RC1.tar.bz2
    gettext-0.18.1.1.tar.gz
    git-1.7.3.2.tar.bz2
    glib-2.26.1.tar.bz2
    gnutls-2.10.3.tar.bz2
    gsm-1.0.13.tar.gz
    gst-plugins-base-0.10.30.tar.bz2
    gstreamer-0.10.30.tar.bz2
    jasper-1.900.1.zip
    jbigkit-2.0.tar.gz
    jpegsrc.v8b.tar.gz
    lcms-1.19.tar.gz
    libexif-0.6.19.tar.bz2
    libgcrypt-1.4.6.tar.bz2
    libgpg-error-1.10.tar.bz2
    libgphoto2-2.4.10.1.tar.bz2
    libicns-0.7.1.tar.gz
    libogg-1.2.0.tar.gz
    libpng-1.2.44.tar.gz
    libpng-1.4.4.tar.gz
    libtheora-1.1.1.tar.bz2
    libusb-1.0.8.tar.bz2
    libusb-compat-0.1.3.tar.bz2
    libvorbis-1.3.2.tar.bz2
    libxml2-2.7.8.tar.gz
    libxslt-1.1.26.tar.gz
    lzo-2.04.tar.gz
    mpg123-1.12.5.tar.bz2
    orc-0.4.11.tar.gz
    pkg-config-0.25.tar.gz
    sane-backends-1.0.21.tar.gz
    tiff-3.9.4.tar.gz
    unixODBC-2.3.0.tar.gz
    wine-1.3.10.tar.bz2
    wine_gecko-1.1.0-x86.cab
    winetricks
    wisotool
		
  • Builds Wine and all its dependencies (this takes a while!) in ~/wine/build (1.6GB! You can delete this folder after the script is finished, though)
  • Installs Wine and everything it needs to a folder named after your Wine version (e.g. ~/wine/wine-1.3.10)

Whew! That saves us a whole lot of work, so be sure to tweet your thanks to OSXWineBuilder's creator.

Getting set up

If everything went smoothly, you should now have a working copy of Wine that's itching to help you play Windows programs on your Mac.

Wine tutorial coming soon!