Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API and will always be free software. Approximately half of source code is written by its volunteers, and remaining effort sponsored by commercial interests, especially CodeWeavers.


The Wine team has announced the newer Version 1.7.31 Development has been released on Nov 14, 2014. The main highlights of this release are full support for window transparency, and the new Mono package for .NET applications support.

This article will help you to install Wine 1.7.31 Development Release on RHEL based systems.

What’s new in this release:

    • New version of the Gecko engine based on Firefox 34.
    • Support for the Visual Studio 2013 version of the C/C++ runtimes.
    • More font metrics support in DirectWrite.
    • Some more Direct2D work.
    • Various bug fixes.
    • Read more…

Step 1: Install Required Packages

Wine required many development packages, So we need to install required packages for Wine using yum package manager using following commands.

# yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
# yum install libX11-devel freetype-devel zlib-devel libxcb-devel

Step 2: Download and Extract Wine Package

RPM packages for wine are not available for latest versions, So we need to download wine source code. Use below commands to download it.

# cd /usr/src
# wget
# tar xjf wine-1.7.31.tar.bz2

Note: This is not a stable release. This version is development release. Use this download link to download stable release and remaining steps will be same.

Step 3: Install Wine

To compile wine using source packages, first login to root account and execute following commands in wine source code. Installation may take approx 30 minutes.

On 32-Bit Systems:

# cd wine-1.7.31/
# ./configure
# make
# make install

On 64-Bit Systems:

# cd wine-1.7.31/
# ./configure  --enable-win64
# make
# make install

Step 4: Check Version

Use following command to check version of wine installed on your system

On 32-Bit Systems:

# wine --version 


On 64-Bit Systems:

# wine64 –version


Step 5: How to Use Wine

To use wine we need to login on GUI desktop. After that Download a windows exe file like PuTTY on your system and open it with Wine as below screenshot or use following command.

# wine putty.exe