I just installed PlayOnLinux, it says:

  An updated version of PlayOnLinux is available (3.8.11).

and nothing more.

Doing apt-get update doesn't offer any updated version of POL.

What is the safe / regular way to update playonlinux?


3 Answers 3


Did you check the repositorys?

Type the following commands:

wget -q "http://deb.playonlinux.com/public.gpg" -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/playonlinux_maverick.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install playonlinux

If you already did, running sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade should install the latest version.

You can find the above code for your current version (for future reference) on the following link: http://www.playonlinux.com/en/download.html

  • @ring0 Just added this ppa,and updated with it. It does give 3.8.11.
    – belacqua
    Mar 4, 2011 at 5:23
  • Thanks. There is a consistency problem on the design, imo, if the repo is not added, POL should not talk about an update (outside the repo from which it is installed). Anyway, this is a Linux problem...
    – Déjà vu
    Mar 7, 2011 at 11:31

The best way to update Play on Linux is to go to their main website and download the package from there, and install it manually. Just download the .deb file and open it up. Use the software package manager for it. It should automatically install just like an .exe, that simple.

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    Thanks and +1 for the link, but this is what I'm trying to avoid. Such an installation will not benefit from the update system. POL is installed via Ubuntu Software center and I would like to find a way to get updates via apt-get update.
    – Déjà vu
    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:10
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    The problem is the Ubuntu repositories do not update immediately after a third-party vendor (read: playonlinux) makes an update. There really is no way around this unless playonlinux makes a ppa.
    – Jason
    Aug 17, 2013 at 19:03

There's a successor to PlayOnLinux recommended in the README of the original source code repository: https://www.phoenicis.org/. It's under development, but might be worth a try. It can be installed through flathub.

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