Winetricks is an easy way to work around problems in Wine
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Winetricks is an easy way to work around problems in Wine.

It has a menu of supported games/apps for which it can do all the workarounds automatically. It also allows the installation of missing DLLs and tweaking of various Wine settings.

The latest version can be downloaded here:

Tagged releases are accessible here:


The winetricks package should be used if it is available and up to date. The package is available in most mainstream (Unix-like) Operating Systems:

Note: packaged Debian / Ubuntu winetricks versions are typically outdated, so a manual installation is recommended.

If the package is unavailable, outdated, or the latest version is desired, a manual installation of winetricks can be done. E.g.:

sudo -- sh -c '
cat > /usr/local/bin/ <<_EOF_SCRIPT

cd "${HOME}" # change to a path writeable by current user
chmod +x winetricks
sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin
sudo mv winetricks.bash-completion /usr/share/bash-completion/completions/winetricks
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/

To use curl instead of wget: subsitute all wget calls with curl -O, in the winetricks update script.

Note: the path /usr/local/bin must be in your PATH (env variable) for this to work.


This winetricks update scripts can easily automated, via (where available) a systemd timer unit...

sudo -- sh -c '
cat > /etc/systemd/system/winetricks_update.timer <<_EOF_TIMER
Description=Run winetricks update script weekly (Saturday)



sudo cat > /etc/systemd/system/winetricks_update.service <<_EOF_SERVICE
Description=Run winetricks update script


To start and enable the winetricks update timer:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl enable winetricks_update.timer
sudo systemctl start winetricks_update.timer

Or using the more tradional Unix crontab...

sudo cp "/usr/local/bin/" "/etc/cron.weekly/"

The core winetricks script can also be updated by simply doing:

winetricks --self-update


sudo winetricks --self-update

for a system-wide winetricks installation.

Custom .verb files

New dll/settings/programs can be added to Winetricks by passing a custom .verb (format below)

Example icecat.verb:

w_metadata icecat apps \
    title="GNU Icecat 38.8.0" \
    publisher="GNU Foundation" \
    year="2016" \
    media="download" \
    file1="" \

    w_download${file1} e5f9481e78710c25eb3a271d81aceb19ef44ff6e8599da7d5f7a2da584c01213
    w_try_unzip "${W_PROGRAMS_X86_UNIX}" "${W_CACHE}/${W_PACKAGE}/${file1}"

Note that the file prefix (icecat.verb) and command name (icecat) must match. All metadata fields are optional, only the command name and category are required.


The tests need bashate, checkbashisms, and shellcheck>=0.4.4 installed. Makefile supports a few test targets:

  • check - runs './tests/winetricks-tests quick' (without first clearing $WINETRICKS_CACHE)
  • shell-checks - runs './tests/shell-checks'
  • test - runs './tests/winetricks-tests full' (and clears $WINETRICKS_CACHE first)
  • xvfb-check - runs './tests/winetricks-tests xvfb-check' (without first clearing $WINETRICKS_CACHE first)