I have installed
Wine and I am quite happy with my current version but
winetricks has let me down a few times with various error messages.
How do I update
winetricks to get the very latest version on Ubuntu?
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The version of
winetricks that comes with the stock Ubuntu installation is often quite old, even the version available from a more modern PPA can lag a bit. It is a great idea and a very safe one to update
winetricks manually, independent of your main
Wine installation, this can be done in a few simple steps:
1. Check for the latest version, remove the old version:
First check to see what is the latest version available from upstream with this handy one-liner:
curl --silent --show-error \ https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks --stderr - \ | grep ^WINETRICKS_VERSION | cut -d '=' -f 2
Then if this trumps your own installed version (to see your version run
winetricks --version from a command line) remove your currently installed version:
sudo apt-get remove winetricks
2. Install the latest version:
Then download and install the very latest version:
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks chmod +x winetricks sudo mv -v winetricks /usr/local/bin
As demonstrated on my own system the latest version can then be tested:
andrew@ilium~$ winetricks --version 20200412-next - sha256sum: 8b462a927bdb488441dc18855aba1ca2c2ec311343d352dc7b9ad3e673ba371f andrew@ilium~$
3. Add some extras & check for newer syntax:
It may also be a good idea to ensure that you have a few required 'helper' applications for
winetricks to run, although most of these should have already been installed with your copy of Wine:
sudo apt-get install cabextract p7zip unrar unzip wget zenity
Then check the correct usage, which could have changed from your older version:
andrew@ilium~$ winetricks -h Usage: /usr/local/bin/winetricks [options] [command|verb|path-to-verb] ... Executes given verbs. Each verb installs an application or changes a setting. Options: --country=CC Set country code to CC and don't detect your IP address -f, --force Don't check whether packages were already installed --gui Show gui diagnostics even when driven by commandline --isolate Install each app or game in its own bottle (WINEPREFIX) --self-update Update this application to the last version --update-rollback Rollback the last self update -k, --keep_isos Cache isos (allows later installation without disc) --no-clean Don't delete temp directories (useful during debugging) -q, --unattended Don't ask any questions, just install automatically -r, --ddrescue Retry hard when caching scratched discs -t --torify Run downloads under torify, if available --verify Run (automated) GUI tests for verbs, if available -v, --verbose Echo all commands as they are executed -h, --help Display this message and exit -V, --version Display version and exit Commands: list list categories list-all list all categories and their verbs apps list list verbs in category 'applications' benchmarks list list verbs in category 'benchmarks' dlls list list verbs in category 'dlls' games list list verbs in category 'games' settings list list verbs in category 'settings' list-cached list cached-and-ready-to-install verbs list-download list verbs which download automatically list-manual-download list verbs which download with some help from the user list-installed list already-installed verbs arch=32|64 create wineprefix with 32 or 64 bit, this option must be given before prefix=foobar and will not work in case of the default wineprefix. prefix=foobar select WINEPREFIX=/home/andrew/.local/share/wineprefixes/foobar annihilate Delete ALL DATA AND APPLICATIONS INSIDE THIS WINEPREFIX andrew@ilium~$
4. Safely reverse these steps:
If for some reason you wish to return to your older repository version you can simply run the following:
sudo rm /usr/local/bin/winetricks sudo apt-get install winetricks
And all will be as it was.
sudo winetricks --self-updateand if not happy with the results roll this back with:
sudo winetricks --update-rollback.
The winetricks versions that are available in Disco and Eoan are able to update themselves .
If you happen to be using 19.04 or later, just run:
sudo apt install winetricks sudo winetricks --self-update
If you're on an older version of Ubuntu, you can fetch the .deb package here: