Install Latest WineHQ on Linux Mint 21

This guide will show you how to Install the Latest WineHQ on Linux Mint 21 From the Terminal Command Line. As you may know, WineHQ or Wine is a popular software that can be used to run Windows applications on Linux distros. The installation steps are straightforward. You need to add the Ubuntu Jammy Wine repo to your Mint 21 server and install your WineHQ app. Follow the rest of the article to see how you can do it.

Install the Latest WineHQ on Linux Mint 21 From the Terminal Command Line

Before you start your Wine installation, you must have access to your Linux Mint 21 as a non-root user with sudo privileges. In this guide, we use the latest stable release of Mint server which is Linux Mint 21.2.

Step 1 – Enable 32-bit Architecture in Mint 21

First, you must run the system update and upgrade in Mint 21 by using the following commands:

# sudo apt update
# sudo apt upgarde -y

Then, check you have 32-bit architecture installed on your Linux Mint by using the command below:

sudo dpkg --print-foreign-architectures

You should get the i386 in your output. If it doesn’t display, you need to add it with the command below:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Step 2 – Add the Latest WineHQ Repository To Linux Mint 21

At this point, you must add the latest Wine repository to your Mint server. To do this, you need to use the Ubuntu 22.04 repository. First, you need to import the Wine GPG key to your server with the commands below:

# sudo mkdir -pm755 /etc/apt/keyrings
# sudo wget -O /etc/apt/keyrings/winehq-archive.key

In your output, you will see:

Add Wine GPG key Linux Mint

Next, add the WineHQ repository by using the following command:

sudo wget -NP /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

In your output, you will see:

Add Wine Repo to Linux Mint

Now run the system update with the command below:

sudo apt update

Step 3 – Command for Installing Wine on Linux Mint

At this point, you can simply install Wine on your server. You can install the stable, development, and beta versions. It is recommended to use the WineHQ stable version.

To install the stable version, you can run the command below:

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Enter Y to start your Wine installation:

Install WineHQ stable Mint 21

Note: If you want to use beta and development branch, you can use the following commands:

# sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel
# sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-staging

When your installation is completed, verify it by checking its version:

wine --version

Step 4 – WineHQ Configuration on Linux Mint

At this point, you must configure your WineHQ installation in Linux Mint 21. To do this, run the following command as a regular user:


Wait until your Wine configuration is updated.

Update WineHQ configurations

Then, you will be asked to set up the Wine Mono installer. Click on the Install button.

Install Wine Mono Linux Mint 21

It will automatically begin downloading and installing Mono and related components.

Next, you will see the following screen. From there you can adjust your desired settings and continue.

customize Wine Configuration in Linux Mint 21

When it is completed, you will now be able to run Windows applications in Linux Mint 21.

Step 5 – Run a Windows Application with Wine in Linux Mint 21

At this point, to show you how Wine works, we download the Adobe PDF reader from its official site.

When your download is completed, right-click on the app and select Open with Wine Windows Program Loader.

Open app with Wine Windows program loader

This will prepare your installation setup. Wait until it is completed.

Preparing app installation with Wine in Linux Mint

Now click on Install to start your PDF reader on Linux Mint.

Install adobe PDF in Linux Mint with Wine

Then, click Finish to complete your setup.

Now you can easily use Adobe PDF reader in Linux Mint. You can run your Windows applications simply with Wine on your Linux distro.


At this point, you have learned to Install the latest stable WineHQ or Wine on Linux Mint 21 by adding the latest repository to your server. Also, you have learned to run Windows apps on your Linux Mint server.

Hope you enjoy it. Also, you may like to read:

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