PlayOnLinux – Install Windows Games And Software In Ubuntu Linux


You might not want to switch to Ubuntu from Windows because you think that you will not be able to play many of your favorite games on Ubuntu or that your favorite windows program might not work there. Guess what? This is no longer an issue as Linux has done a lot to facilitate and provide windows programs.

You can use the well known program called Wine to install and use Windows Applications on Linux, alternatively let me introduce you to another cool tool called PlayOnLinux, which runs Windows games and software on Linux. Actually the base for this tool is still Wine.

Please note that this tool offers many windows software which you may run on Linux but its core purpose is to run Windows games on Linux, that’s why it offers lots of Windows games which may be played on Linux. Lets see how we can install it in Ubuntu, please note that this tool does not come in the package repositories of Ubuntu. In order to install it, you will need to first update the repositories of your Ubuntu machine. Run the following two commands to update your Ubuntu repository with it.

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get  update

Once the above two command are executed, then you are ready to install PlayOnLinux. Now run the following command in the terminal to install it.

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

It will take some time to install. Once complete, launch it from Applications >Games >PlayonLinux.


It has a very user friendly interface. Select the category from the left sidebar and the main window will be populated with the available Windows programs relevant to this category, click the required application and hit the Apply button. Check out detailed documentations on their official website.



  • Hi
    I think that would be very nice, but is it only for Jaunty? isn’t there an update for Lucid?
    And excuse my ignorance I’m pretty new to Ubuntu.

  • Aun

    This will also work on Lucid

  • Peter Daly

    I use Crossover from Codeweavers , they are developers of the opensource wine.

  • Edzams

    This applications concept is awesome but I can’t seem to get it to work properly in ubuntu 10.04. It installed without any trouble but when I try installing any apps it begins to freeze and give errors. Even installing it’s addons gave me some trouble until I found a workaround.

  • Divyanth

    How’s the performance? Does performance degrade when you play Windows games like Assassins Creed Brotherhood on Linux? If not, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t switch to Ubuntu :).