Sunday, April 3, 2011

WineBottler - run Windows apps on Mac OS X

From time to time, for me almost never ;), it happens you need to run a Windows application, since you can install Windows on your mac in a second partition or use a virtual machine like Parallels or VMWare that should be no problem but this takes times, money and if you just need it once in a while is total overkill.

Linux users might know Wine the windows wrapper that allows them to run Windows applications, since wine is multiplattform you can use it as well on Mac OS X. But it means a lot of config file editing, try & error and some luck to get good working results.

Here WineBottler comes in, it allows you to transform Windows applications to Mac applications using a simple interface.

Installation is quite simple just drag'n'drop Wine and WineBottler to your application folder.
After starting WineBottler you can either install a predefined prefix which are some standard apps configurations built in WineBottler or create a new one by creating a custom prefix.
As a web developer i need to check my webpages and applications in Internet Explorer to make sure everything is ok, so i choose Internet Explorer 7 from the predefined prefixes.
Just click install to start.
Few seconds later i have a Internet Explorer 7 application ready to start and share.


It's not 100% perfect but good enough to test websites.

WineBottler is free and open source. It's using wine as backend so you can check the WineDB for compatible windows applications.

34 comments:

Freddy said...

who needs IE?

Tetanized Music said...

Idd, IE is stupid, but this looks really interesting!

MrChris said...

"Linux users might know Wine the windows wrapper that allows them to run Windows applications" I know it all too well :) It's helpful but rather annoying -.- but now on mac? Interesting.

Megan Hansen said...

yeah i wouldn't really use it for IE, but it seems useful for other applications that prefer windows

mac-and-me said...

@Freddy
i need it to make sure our clients can use the websites/apps we create with all browsers

The Old Master said...

I uninstalled IE a couple of years ago, but you make me want to try it again.

Jay.CA said...

this should be useful, thanks!

mikkello said...

I have a question.
Why do you use Mac instead of a PC?

Parallel-Reality Hero said...

I always preferred Mac to PC. See you around, brother!

doomsday said...

I am too poor to afford a mac... ):

JS said...

Mac ftw!!

Daan said...

wohooo now I can do everything with OS X

Wintermute said...

Im not a big IE fan but good to know

mac-and-me said...

@mikkello
what a strange question
do you ask ppl why they drive audi instead of bmw?

cause i like it more

Wumbo said...

I might really need this since I've come across some programs that I would use with my PC back at home but I can't use with my Mac here in college. Great post!

thenitefalls said...

A lot of people are looking to use windows programs for mac and you came in the rescue with WineBottler :D

Glovey said...

Keep up this great blogging! :D

Obi-wan Mikenobi said...

Even if you have no intention of using Microsoft Apps it's always good to at least have the option.

=dgrphx= said...

i use wine for linux works with steam cool post

Toto said...

nice! thanks for sharing!

http://all-around-toto.blogspot.com/

Everyday Normal Guy said...

Why would I need a IE in my mac?

Waywardly said...

This seems like it would do the trick for many problems I've been coming across. Thanks! :D

elexerdelex said...

can you reverse, and make linux available for windows?

Joe said...

This is nice, but I really want a program to run OSX programs on my windows. I really wanna play angry birds, haha :)

RootYourDroid.net said...

this is good to know. i get to sound like a mac pro to my sister now. she has found this stuff very useful!

Flames said...

Looks very useful.

duffboi said...

This is awesome. When I finally get a mac, I'm sure I can put this to good use!

a noodle said...

It's good to see that Wine is finally becoming usable after ten years of development.

Trelin said...

What duffboi said.

MAX POWER said...

haha a noodle, well said. I've only got games though that I'd like to run on my mac... someday it'l be possible :C but not today lolz

Peanutzzz said...

So this is the same as wine for linux I guess?

schultzz said...

for windows apps i use windows, mac for when i dont feel like playing games and linux for everything else.

christie said...

i did all of this and IE will open but it freezes or just doesn't go to the page i search for. i have a website i need to access from home for work and it requires IE and my house only has macs. HELP!

Vincent Rugebregt said...

Same problem as above. Could it possibly be that it doesnt work on OSX lion?