PlayOnLinux is an open-source frontend graphical interface for Wine software. It is a free tool that allows the user to run Windows applications on Linux distributions. Wine itself has no interface to interact with users, it is therefore complicated to run applications with Wine software. To overcome this problem, PlayOnLinux provides its interface to Wine users to install games and other Windows programs on Linux systems.
These Windows-based applications include video games, MS Office, Safari, Explorer, and many others. PlayOnLinux application is written with the combination of three programming languages i-e, Bash, Python and wxPython.
How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21
You can install the PlayOnLinux tool with the help of two different methods:
- Through GUI
- Through Terminal
How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 Through GUI
If you want to install PlayOnLinux using a graphical user interface, follow the steps listed-below:
Navigate to the Software Manager icon and click it:
Type “PlayOnLinux” on the search bar at Linux Mint Software manager and you will find it there; click on it:
In the next screen, navigate the cursor towards the “Install” button and hit it.
Once you click the “Install” button, a dialogue box appears to ask for Authentication. Kindly enter the correct password to continue installation:
It will download successfully on your Linux Mint 21 system.
How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 Through Terminal
This article will cover two processes to install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 system through terminal:
- To the Updated Version of Linux Mint 21
- To the Old Version of Linux Mint
How to install PlayOnLinux on Updated Version of Linux Mint 21
If you have the latest release of Linux Mint system i-e Linux Mint 21, then the process to install PlayOnLinux tool is quite easy as there’s no need to install any additional keys and repositories.
Open the command-line interface (terminal) and update the system repository by making use of this command:
Execute the installation command of PlayOnLinux mentioned-below to start the downloading process:
The PlayOnLinux tool will be installed on the Linux Mint 21 system. To confirm installation, type:
How to install PlayOnLinux on Old Version of Linux Mint
The old versions of Linux Mint system don’t support direct installation of PlayOnLinux. The process is quite different as there are some prerequisites for it:
Add the GPG key to the Linux Mint system:
Install the required repositories of the PlayOnLinux tool by copying the command:
Now, update the apt repository through command:
After successfully adding the GPG key and installing repositories, we can finally download the PlayOnLinux tool on the Linux Mint system. Run the command:
It is successfully installed on Linux Mint old version:
How to Remove PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21
You can also uninstall PlayOnLinux tool on Linux Mint system through command:
PlayOnLinux is basically an interface for Wine-based applications and helps the system to play Windows applications on Linux. Wine software itself has no interface to interact with users; it is therefore complicated to run applications with Wine-based applications. This article has covered two different methods to install the PlayOnLinux tool i-e, via Terminal and GUI. We have also seen the process for the old Linux Mint version as well as the updated one.