Saturday, January 31, 2015

Installing PlayOnLinux on Mint 17

I installed PlayOnLinux on Mint 17. It is a software (GUI for Wine) that allows to run Windows applications on Linux.

The reason is mainly that I wanted to read (on my Mint box) Kindle e-books that I have already purchased over the years. Generally I use my (non-kindle) tablet to read e-books, but some of books are about Ruby programming and I want to read them on my Mint box while doing some programming. From now on, I am going to avoid buying Kindle books unless it is absolutely necessary.

1. Resources

2. Installation

  1. Open Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Search for and install "playonlinux".
It installed following packages, including Wine itself (1.6).

curl (7.35.0-1ubuntu2.3)
icoutils (0.31.0-2)
imagemagick (8:
imagemagick-common (8:
libencode-locale-perl (1.03-1)
libfile-listing-perl (6.04-1)
libhtml-parser-perl (3.71-1build1)
libhtml-tagset-perl (3.20-2)
libhtml-tree-perl (5.03-1)
libhttp-cookies-perl (6.00-2)
libhttp-date-perl (6.02-1)
libhttp-message-perl (6.06-1)
libhttp-negotiate-perl (6.00-2)
libio-html-perl (1.00-1)
liblcms2-2:i386 (2.5-0ubuntu4)
liblqr-1-0 (0.4.1-2ubuntu1)
liblwp-mediatypes-perl (6.02-1)
liblwp-protocol-https-perl (6.04-2ubuntu0.1)
libmagickcore5 (8:
libmagickwand5 (8:
libnet-http-perl (6.06-1)
libwww-perl (6.05-2)
libwww-robotrules-perl (6.01-1)
libwxbase2.8-0 (
libwxgtk-media2.8-0 (
libwxgtk2.8-0 (
ocl-icd-libopencl1 (2.1.3-4)
ocl-icd-libopencl1:i386 (2.1.3-4)
p7zip-full (9.20.1~dfsg.1-4)
playonlinux (4.2.2-1)
python-wxgtk2.8 (
python-wxversion (
wine (1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4)
wine1.6 (1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4)
wine1.6-amd64 (1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4)
wine1.6-i386:i386 (1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4)

The installer created a new menu group "Wine". But it did not create menu item for PlayOnLinux. So I added a new menu item for "PlayOnLinux" and placed under "Wine" menu group.

3. Test

First, I opened "Notepad" from the Wine menu.

Before opening Note window, it found missing a couple packages and automatically installed them though it failed once during the installation. I just kept clicking "Install" button and it finally opened Notepad window.

Then, I clicked "Browse C: Drive" from the Wine menu. It showed the following window.

Finally, I clicked "PlayOnLinux" menu item I have created to open "PlayOnLinux".

It seems that Wine/PlayInLinux is playing fine.

4. Notes

Even though I read instructions in the PlayInLinux home page's download page, I did not follow. It warns: "Ubuntu Precise (and superior) users : You must install the package wine:i386 to get PlayOnLinux working".

I searched for an instruction for Mint 17 because of this warning but did not find any. So I decided to use Synaptic Package Manager to install because it automatically finds and shows all related packages that are required. Yes, it did install "wine1.6-i386:i386 (1:1.6.2-0ubuntu4)"


  1. Can you please say more about how to perform this step:
    added a new menu item for "PlayOnLinux"
    For instance is there a property file that needs to be changed or some UI way that I don't know about..

    1. I got pas this problem by creating a shortcut on the desktop (Create a new launcher here). At the end of creation it asked me if I wanted it placed in Others and I said yes. So I got the all important menu item for 'PlayOnLinux'. Still have not worked out how to put it under Wine, but that's hardly important.