I have Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit installed. I installed wine from PPA 1.7.28 64 bit. How can I have a second instance of Wine in 32-bit? How can I launch some programs only in 32-bit?

I won't delete my 64-bit version of wine, because some games run better on with the 64-bit version. But I need a 32-bit version for Photoshop.

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    You can install 32 bit version of photoshop in 64bit wine. Are you getting any error. You will only get error when you are installing a 64bit application in 32bit operating system or wine.
    – smali
    Oct 16 '14 at 11:02
  • I can't install photoshop on 64 bit because of msxml6 (it works only on 32bit mode) Oct 16 '14 at 11:30

I solved it by following these steps:

  1. My 64-bit wine configuration is located under the directory /home/username/.wine/
  2. Add a 32-bit wine configuration:

    WINEPREFIX='/home/username/.wine32' WINEARCH='win32' wine 'wineboot'
  3. Add a alias in ~/.bashrc:

    alias wine32="WINEPREFIX='/home/username/.wine32'"

Now you can use both 32-bit and 64-bit version of wine. In order to use the 64-bit version, just do as you usually did:

wine Program.exe

But in order to use 32-bit version it's a bit different. Call the alias like this:

wine32 wine Program.exe

I Hope this will be useful for other people.

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    Why not alias wine32="WINEPREFIX='/home/username/.wine32' wine"?
    – m3nda
    Apr 3 '17 at 13:58

If you want to use different versions of wine, I recommend PlayOnLinux. With this you can, not only install 32 bit and 64 bit wine, but also different versions of wine.

Install it with sudo apt-get install playonlinux or use Ubuntu Software Center.

  • Is it possible without that frontend-interface? wiht WINPREFIX? Oct 16 '14 at 11:50
  • Probably yes, but I don't remember how.
    – To Do
    Oct 16 '14 at 12:05
  • It is not unrelated. Playonlinux permits installing 32 bit and 64 bit versions of wine.
    – To Do
    Oct 16 '14 at 14:21

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