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Deprecation Notice

As of February 2018, the Wine Staging project has been discontinued by the original maintainers. Alistair Leslie-Hughes has volunteered to continue the project at his own GitHub repository.

What is Wine Staging?

Wine Staging is the testing area of It contains bug fixes and features, which have not been integrated into the development branch yet. The idea of Wine Staging is to provide experimental features faster to end users and to give developers the possibility to discuss and improve their patches before they are integrated into the main branch. More information about Wine Staging can also be found at


Ready-to-use packages for Wine Staging are available for a variety of Linux distributions and for Mac OS X. Just follow the installation instructions for your operating system.

On most distributions the wine-staging package is installed to /opt/wine-staging, such that multiple Wine versions can be installed in parallel. If this is the case for your distribution, you will have to type /opt/wine-staging/bin/wine instead of just wine. The same also applies for other wine-specific programs like winecfg. To learn more about how to use Wine Staging, please take a look at the usage instructions.


Wine Staging is maintained as a set of patches which has to be applied on top of the development branch. In order to build Wine Staging, the first step is to setup a build environment for Wine, including all required dependencies. A lot of information about that is collected in the WineHQ Wiki.

In order to apply all Wine Staging patches it is recommended to use the utility which takes care of applying all patches in the correct order. For reference, the possible commandline arguments are:

Usage: ./ [DESTDIR=path] [--all] [-W patchset] [patchset ...]

Autogenerated script to apply all Wine Staging patches on your Wine
source tree.

  DESTDIR=path         Specify the path to the wine source tree
  --all                Select all patches
  --force-autoconf     Run autoreconf and tools/make_requests after each patch
  --help               Display this help and exit
  --no-autoconf        Do not run autoreconf and tools/make_requests
  --no-patchlist       Do not apply patchlist (needed for 'wine --patches')
  --upstream-commit    Print the upstream Wine commit SHA1 and exit
  --version            Show version information and exit
  -W patchset          Exclude a specific patchset

  --backend=patch      Use regular 'patch' utility to apply patches (default)
  --backend=eapply     Use 'eapply' to apply patches (Gentoo only)
  --backend=epatch     Use 'epatch' to apply patches (Gentoo only, deprecated)
  --backend=git-am     Use 'git am' to apply patches
  --backend=git-apply  Use 'git apply' to apply patches
  --backend=stg        Import the patches using stacked git

If you want to apply all patches with the patch utility, the commandline should look similar to this:

./patches/ DESTDIR="/path/to/wine" --all

Before you proceed with the compilation, please make sure that you installed all additional build dependencies required for the Wine Staging features you are interested in (check output of ./configure). More information about building Wine Staging, optional build dependencies, and hints for packagers are collected in our Wiki.


Please see for more information about contributing to Wine Staging.