If you’re looking for an easy way to install Windows software on Linux, look no further than Bottles. Jack Wallen shows you how this amazing app works.
Once upon a time, installing Windows software on Linux was an impossibility. Then, thanks to Wine (the software, not the libation), it became possible (albeit difficult). Over time, Wine has made it easier to accomplish this task.
But then came software called Bottles, which makes installing Windows software on Linux incredibly easy. How Bottles works is by creating environments that are a combination of ready-made settings, libraries, and dependencies that are bundled together to make installing and running Windows applications incredibly easy.
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Bottles includes pre-packaged installers and even a brand new AppStore so you can easily find apps to install. Let’s find out how easy it is to use Bottles to install Windows software.
First, you can install Bottles via Flatpak, your Linux distribution software center, or by visiting https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.usebottles.bottles in your web browser. As long as you have flatpak installed, Bottles will install without issue.
Once installed, open the app and after clicking on home you will find yourself in the Create a new bottle window (Figure A).
In the next window, select the type of environment you want Bottles to create (Figure B). This will determine how Bottles optimizes the new bottle for the application. If you are installing a standard application (not a game), click on Application.
Once the bottle has been successfully created, close the wizard and you will be taken to the details page for the new bottle. Download the Windows App Installer you want, click Run Executable, locate the downloaded file, and the App Installer should open (Figure C).
After installing the app, you’ll find it listed in your new bottle, where you can click the right-pointing arrow to run the app (Figures D and E).
And that’s all there is to installing Windows apps with Linux. It’s never been easier thanks to Bottles.
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