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    Could you please add a little more detail? What exactly did you do, what did you want to expect to happen and what happened instead? Did you encounter any warning or error messages? Please reproduce them in their entirety in your question. You can select, copy and paste terminal content and most dialogue messages in Ubuntu. Please edit your post to add information instead of posting a comment. (see How do I ask a good question?) Dec 10 '17 at 10:52
  • The package is wine-stable, afaict.
    – muru
    Dec 13 '17 at 3:11

The winehq-stable package is not in the default Ubuntu repositories, so apt is unable to locate it. In Ubuntu 17.10 install wine-stable instead. The wine-stable version is 2.0 in Ubuntu 17.10. The wine-stable version is 3.0 in Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, 19.10, 20.04, 20.10 and 21.04. Open the terminal and type:

sudo apt install -y wine-stable  

Other suggested packages to install along with wine-stable are: dosbox playonlinux winbind wine-binfmt winetricks


You don't have the necessary setup work completed to add that package. According to the WineHQ Wiki's Ubuntu page:

  1. Open a terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T.
  2. If your computer is 64-bit, add the 32-bit architecture:

    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 
  3. Add the repository:

    wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key
    sudo apt-key add Release.key
    sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/
  4. Update repositories:

    sudo apt-get update
  5. Install winehq-stable:

    sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable
  6. If apt-get mentions missing dependencies, install them and retry the install of winehq-stable.

  • Thanks. Worked great for me.
    – FractalBob
    Mar 21 '19 at 7:54
  • Worked after using sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 76F1A20FF987672F because adding Release.key alone was not enough apparently. Jun 23 at 6:07

The name of the install package is different from that stated in the wiki. Instead of typing:

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable

you type:

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-stable

That will install the proper package. I just installed Wine and that's how this works.

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    Still true as of this date.
    – Bezewy
    Nov 2 '19 at 19:13

Looks like I've finally found the solution.

  1. Run command to enable 32 bit architecture:

    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
  2. Download and install the repository key via this command:

    wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
    sudo apt-key add winehq.key
  3. Add wine repository via command (for Ubuntu 19.10):

    sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ eoan main'

    NOTE: You may replace "eoan" in the code with:

    bionic for Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.x
    xenial for Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint 18.x
  4. Add PPA for the required libfaudio0 library:

    For Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19.x, and Ubuntu 19.04 only, as higher Ubuntu releases already have libfaudio0 in the main repositories.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cybermax-dexter/sdl2-backport
  5. Finally install Wine 5.0 stable via command:

    sudo apt update && sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

    (Optional) After successfully installed Wine 5.0, you may remove the PPAs by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

Thanks to this guy!

  • This worked on my ubuntu 18.04 system. The libfaudio0 bit had been tripping me up.
    – eos
    Oct 4 '20 at 18:45

Add 32 bit architecture and WINE's key

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 
wget -O - https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key | sudo apt-key add -

To add WINE repository on Ubuntu 20.04:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main' 

To add WINE repository on Ubuntu 18.04:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main' 

To add WINE repository on Ubuntu 16.04:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ xenial main' 

Update APT cache and install WINE:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

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