In Windows, applications are installed into Program Files folder by default. I have recently installed MS Office using Wine.

Where are apps installed with Wine? Can I decide in which folder should they be installed?

  • What about the shortcut icon normally 'installed' on the desktop, Windows start menu, or taskbar. Is there an equivalent of this or do we need to guess what .exe to run when we actually want to use the app?
    – Jake
    Oct 25, 2021 at 1:30

3 Answers 3


Wine has a root directory .wine in your home directory. The windows-drive letters (e.g.: C: D: ..) can be mapped with the winecfg program. Depending on what drive letter you installed MS office you find the files somewhere under the .wine directory.

most commonly your installation is in ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)...

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    the `\` before space in windows file naming in linux escapes the space and is important ..
    – Kes
    May 22, 2021 at 5:17
  • In addition to the previous answer, make sure hidden files are shown in your file explorer since .wine folder is hidden by default.
    – Reza Taba
    Sep 25, 2021 at 14:34

The Program Files folder are in /home/YOUR USERNAME/.wine/

if the setup program of a application allows you to choose a different folder then u can


As pointed in previous anwsers the default folder is ~/.wine

If .wine folder doesn't exist, it means you need to run winecfg first

This script creates ~/.wine/drive_c folder and shows a option pane from where you should set the Windows version to use (10, 8 and 7).

Now you can download a .exe file and place it in .wine/drive_c/binaries

For example, you can install python with the following command::

cd ~/.wine/drive_c/binaries
wine python-3.10.7-amd64.exe

Test if python was installed:

wine ~/.wine/drive_c/users/<username>/AppData/Local/Programs/Python/Python310/python.exe

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