Install wine on arch linux

Installing wine on arch linux is very simple
just enter following command in terminal

#sudo pacman -S wine wine_gecko wine-mono

wine_gecko and wine-mono are for applications that need support for Internet Explorer and .NET, respectively.

To create a default prefix without running a Windows program or other GUI tool you can use:

$ env WINEPREFIX=~/.customprefix wineboot -u

To have them permanently defined for bash configuration ~/.bashrc do:

export WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.config/wine/
export WINEARCH=win32

Some applications (e.g. Office 2003/2007) require the MSXML library to parse HTML or XML, in such cases you need to install lib32-libxml2.

$ sudo pacman -S libxml2
$ WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/win32 winetricks -q msxml6 msxml3 vcrun2010 corefonts

Using fonts from a Windows partition
If there is a Windows partition mounted , its fonts can be used by linking to them.
Example, where the Windows partition is as /windows:

# ln -s /windows/Windows/Fonts /usr/share/fonts/WindowsFonts
Then regenerate the fontconfig cache:

# fc-cache

find your windows apps shortcuts in ~/.wine/drive_c/users/your-user-name/Desktop

enjoy folks 🙂

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