However much we love our Macs and OS X, we can not completely abandon Windows, and sometimes there are situations when you need to use this or that application. As an example, you can bring customers of banks, various accounting and corporate specialized tools, as well as games (where without them). There are several ways to run Windows applications on a Mac: using a BootCamp or a virtual machine like Paralles or Virtualbox. But if you only need to work with applications, and not just with the operating system, but there is a better way – this is Wineskin, the port of the well-known Wine linux machines. About it and how to use it to run “Windows” applications in OS X, I’ll tell you in detail and show in this article.
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Wineskin is a Mac-adaptation of Wine, an emulator (although it’s not entirely correct to call it because the Wine acronym stands for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) or the so-called compatibility layer that allows running Windows applications on some POSIX-compatible operating systems, including Linux and Mac. Do not worry, it’s not as difficult as it seems and not at all scary.
1. First of all, we need to download Wineskin from the official website. At the moment the latest version is 2.5.12.
2. Move the downloaded Wineskin.app to the Programs folder and start it.
3. When you first start, you will need to start the fresh WS9Wine engine, which is a component necessary for running Windows applications. Click “+” and select “Download and Install”.
4. Next, install “Wrapper” by clicking on the “Update” button. After that you will notice that the button “Create New Blank Wrapper” will become active.
Installing the Windows-based application
Before you begin, make sure that you have an exe file for the desired application and that it is supported by Wineskin. At the moment, Wineskin does not work with all applications and you can check the compatibility of your applications in the official Wine’s AppDB database.
1. To create a new wrapper (“wrapper”), click on “Create New Blank Wrapper” and assign it a name. For example, let’s install a popular Notepad ++ notepad on Mac.
2. Wineskin, will offer to download the “Mono” package, which will be needed for .NET-applications. Agree and install.
3. In the same way, install the “Gecko” component, which is necessary for launching HTML-applications.
4. After the wrapper is created, open it in the Finder, right-click and select “Show package contents”.
5. Here we have two folders (“Contents” and “drive_c”) and Wineskin.app.
6. Start Wineskin.app and click “Install Software”.
7. Then click “Choose Setup executable” and select the installation file for our Windows application.
8. The installation process is completely similar to that in Windows. Install our application, following the prompts of the installation wizard.
Start the Windows application
1. Now we have to test the installed application. To do this, start our wrapper again, but this time select “Advanced”.
2. Specify the path to the folder with our installed application, click “Test Run”.
3. The application will start and you should see something like this.
4. Everything. Now you can run our location directly from Launchpad or the Applications folder. For example, I have it looks like this.
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If you need a full Windows environment, then the ideal option is still to use Bootcamp or a virtual machine. But if you just want to be able to run applications, you can get by with little blood and use Wineskin. As you can see, this is not so difficult.
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