Difference between Wine, Winebottler and Wineskin?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by harrrram, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. harrrram macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2011
    i want to run some window programmes and came across those three

    What are the differences?

    Which one would be good for lion?

  2. mourginakis macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2012
    Differences in Short.

    Basically, wine is a linux program that creates the proper environment for the .exe file you are trying to run. While it has helped many people run executables, it is not perfect. Some files will not work with wine. Although it is a linux program, you can use Macports to use it on a mac, or get the winebottler/wine for mac here.

    Winebottler and Wineskin are both versions of wine, but made by different people. They both create bundle/native versions of the program, and are still not perfect. Wineskin is typically used for gaming, but will work with day-to-day windows programs. Winebottler is another version of wine, but does have some problems porting over complex executables.

    All of these programs will run in Lion, as they are currently projects being worked on. Keep in mind that these applications are not the only options in developed to run windows files on mac. Some other common ones are:


    *I have only used cider, a professional cross-platform gaming package. As I am not familiar with the other applications, I could be wrong as to what they do. You'll have to read the instructions to figure out how they work.

    Hope this clears some things up,
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    WINE is a recursive acronym for WINE Is Not an Emulator. It is not any kind of program. WINE is a clone of [a subset of] Windows APIs for Unix and Unix-like operating systems. With WINE installed, certain Windows applications run natively on the host Unix/Unix-like platform without an installation of Windows.

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