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The windows software emulator, not more booze. Wine is not an Emulator, it seems. This was originally written in about 2011 when I tried to install NWN on my Mac (For more, see here….). As part of the rollforward from OSX 10.6, in 2013, I needed to rebuild the WINE implementation. I reorganised the wiki pages. There are several methods to install WINE, from source, using a package manager or using Wineskin, which I discuss on this wiki here. In March 2015, I added my notes on using Macports with WINE.


Installing WINE (2011)

After installing from source, I was advised to use macports version and did so. This is much easier. It was a three step process,

  1. Upgrade Xcode to the most recent version
  2. Install macports and porticus (this is quite big,)
  3. Use Porticus to install WINE

The order above is better than the one I did, which was to install macports & porticus, fail to download WINE because the Xcode version was wrong, and only then to upgrade the Xcode version. Porticus is quite big, if downloading this in the UK, you want a quick line and one with head room in the permitted download capacity.

Installing WINE 2013

As said, I had to rebuild the WINE installation in 2013, this is what I did.

  1. Install WINE using macports (see my Macports writeup for the bollocks)
  2. I was prompted for mono and installed it using port ‘port install mono’
  3. I was prompted for gecko which I installed by hand 🙁
  4. I installed winetricks using macports
  5. I used winetricks to install a number of dlls: vcrun2005, directx9, mono210, dotnet35spl. I couldn’t find the next d3dx libraries and gave up at this point.

My Research

Other wise known as other links.

My WINE Links

  • Mac NWN FAQ (Neverwinter Nights 1 ) at BioWare Social Network / technology software virtualisation virtualization emulation windows win32 wine nwn neverwinternights bioware community FAQ howto
  • Bioware’s Mac NWN FAQ.
    • They used to publish a Power PC version, but rely on virtualisation to allow MAC users to play the game.
  • NWN WinToOSX Wrapper (NWN1) at BioWare Social Network / technology software virtualisation virtualization emulation windows win32 wine nwn neverwinternights bioware community
    • This is a thread at the new Bioware forums about the use of Wineskin for NWN. They say “[MAC] NWN WinToOSX Wrapper (Neverwinter Nights 1 – NwN 1 Technical Support (Self help for all versions and expansions))”
  • Installing NWN on a MAC using WINE and Wineskin / technology macosx mac apple nwn neverwinternights wine virtualization doh123 wineskin
    • Here’s how I did it, in the Blog Archive at Well Red, an article called “Adventures in Faerun with an Apple Mac”, you need to read the comments to learn about Wineskin
  • Installing WINE on Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard / technology software wine install maxosx apple mac community forums
    • This is my thread at, I have now copied my findings into the wiki, which were the disable 16 bit flag and an alternative to using the environment variable.
  • Installing Wine on Mac OS X / technology software wine macosx howto tutorial mac apple davidbaumgold install
    • a tutorial by Dave Baumgold… this was surprisingly hard to find.
  • Wineskin, a wine wrapper for the Mac / Technology software macosx windows wine mac osx emulator freeware opensource wineskin
    • They say “Wineskin is simply a wrapper used to make ports of Windows™ software to Mac OS X. It can contain a Windows™ program inside of it, and launch and run it easily by just double clicking the file like a normal Mac .app.”
  • WineHQ Forums View topic – Wine on Mac: subpar experience / Technology wine macosx games frpg
    • An interesting discussion about WINE on Mac and trying to get Baldur’s Gate 1 working. doh123 talks about his wineskin

Comments ( 9 )

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  6. ReplyAuthorDave
    Porticus went some time ago, I use macports to install WINE. I include the wine-devel* package.
  7. ReplyAuthorDave
    This a bit old; I found my notes somewhere else but I installed WINE on Elementary (Loki) using their Appcenter tool. (It comes with Wine Tricks).
  8. ReplyAuthorDave
    Had another look today, it's coming on a lot! I found this about Wine on Ubuntu. I suppose I'll tidy this up some time but I am pleased to see my delicious links seem to be working. Sadly, doesn't work on it, which is why I had a look.
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