Installed Wine from terminal $ sudo apt install wine. Right clicking on exe file in Files suggests opening it with "Archive Manager". Wine is not present in "Open With Other Application" -> "View All Applications" list either.
How do I associate exe files with Wine, so they could be opened from Files just by double clicking? I'm trying to set up OS for less experienced user.

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You need to install wine-binfmt.

Also copy wine.desktop to /usr/share/applications or to $HOME/.local/share/applications/. You will find wine.desktop in /usr/share/doc/wine/examples/wine.desktop.

cp /usr/share/doc/wine/examples/wine.desktop $HOME/.local/share/applications/


cp /usr/share/doc/wine/examples/wine.desktop /usr/share/applications/
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    This actually lets me run exe files from terminal like Linux binaries, when they have correct execute permissions. I am searching for a way to have "Open With Wine" association for exe files in Files (Nautilus) file manager.
    – joshas
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 9:17
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    Ok try cp /usr/share/doc/wine/examples/wine.desktop $HOME/.local/share/applications/
    – Jean-Marie
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 14:56
  • Great, this one works. Could you post it as answer, so I could properly mark it as accepted?
    – joshas
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 15:47
  • There is no wine.desktop anywhere on my notebook - -?
    – Bonn
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 9:56
  • It is part of the standard wine installation as in sudo apt install wine. It will be found in /usr/share/doc/wine/examples/
    – Jean-Marie
    Commented May 13, 2020 at 14:04

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