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 lets you install missing DLLs or tweak various Wine settings individually.

The latest version can be downloaded here:

Tagged releases are accessible here:


If available and up to date, you should use the winetricks package, available in most distributions:

If it's not available, outdated (e.g., Ubuntu LTSs), or you want the bleeding edge version, you can manually install winetricks:

chmod +x winetricks
sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin

or if you don't have wget, you can use curl:

curl -O
chmod +x winetricks
sudo mv winetricks /usr/local/bin

Note: /usr/local/bin must be in your $PATH for this to work.

You can then keep winetricks up to date in the future by doing:

winetricks --self-update

Custom .verb files

You can pass winetricks a custom .verb (format below), that can be used to add new dlls/settings/programs.

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 command name and category 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)