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How to Install Windows Applications on Linux Using Crossover

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Transitioning from Windows to Linux often leaves you scratching your head, wondering what software to use for common tasks. Sure, Linux has alternative software, but sometimes you just want to install a Windows application that you are used to.

For example, if you are very comfortable working on Photoshop, getting started with Gimp will take some time. In such cases installing a windows application on Linux is the only option you are left with to complete your task quickly.

Today we are going to see how to get these Windows applications running on Linux using the well known Crossover Linux software. It’s not free, but you can download a demo and try it out.

Installing CrossOver Professional

Once you have downloaded the file ( open a terminal window go to the directory where you have downloaded and execute the following command.

$ sh

install crossover pro

The following window will appear. Accept the License by clicking OK.

license agreements 

Once you have clicked OK the installation window will open. Enter the desired installation path and click “Begin Install” to start the installation.

 install global options

 install completed

After a few seconds crossover professional will be installed on your machine. If you have the registration code you can enter it by following the steps below (Registering CrossOver Professional) or if you are using this software in trial mode skip to the next section to start installing windows software.

Registering CrossOver Professional

Click Applications and select “Register and unlock this demo” under the CrossOver menu.

 ubuntu register unlock demo

You will be presented with the Product Registration Window. Once you have entered your registration details your copy of CrossOver will be upgraded.

upgrade successful  

Using CrossOver Professional

Now, we’ll see how to install Windows software using Linux CrossOver Pro. Start the installation by clicking Applications->CrossOver->Install Windows Software.

install windows software  

As you can see in the snapshot below you can either select the software listed or you can choose to install unsupported software. I am going to install an unsupported free windows software called Xvid converter.

Select Install unsupported software and click the Next button.

codeweavers install software  

Select the installation file of Xvid Converter and click Next.

xvid converter setup wizard

Run through the regular installation process.

license agreement

 xvid converter select destination location

Make sure that you select a different directory, preferably one in your home directory. In my case it is Z:\home\vivek\untitled folder\Xvid Converter

 xvid converter select additional tasks

 xvid converter ready to install

 xvid converter setup wizard launch

That’s it, you have finished installing the application! You can launch by going to Applications-> Windows Applications-> Xvid Converter-> Xvid Converter.

xvid converter start  

The following screenshot shows you Xvid Converter in action:

xvid converter open screen  

Now you can experiment by installing different applications. If you want to uninstall any of the applications you have installed using CrossOver, go to Applications->CrossOver->Configuration.

crossover configuration  

Select the bottle in which you installed your application and click Repair/Remove. Your application will be uninstalled.

Note: We tested this application on Ubuntu 8.10.


Although a good number of applications are supported and can be installed, not all windows based applications can be ported to Linux using Linux CrossOver Pro. For example I couldn’t install Adobe DreamWeaver CS4 using Linux CrossOver Pro. It’s still a great product that helps you transition to using Linux.

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  • Published 11/6/08

Comments (21)

  1. jambarama

    Having just gotten a free copy (thanks to falling gas prices) – this is perfectly timed. Thanks!

  2. JonMCC33

    Should be corrected from “Linux” to “Ubuntu”. This will not be the same at all on OpenSUSE.

  3. Santo

    Great tool. I am sure there will be some one who will release a free application for Ubuntu so that every one can install Windows applications.
    In my opinion I am comfortable with all the alternative applications that are there for Linux.

  4. bassmadrigal


    There are only a few minor differences, and it all has to do with the “Start” menu. People who run KDE rather than Gnome, should know where to find installed programs, and at least with prior versions of Crossover it would install correctly in KDE’s menu system (KDE 3.5.x not sure about KDE4).

    Other than finding where the links to the application are, everything else functions the same no matter what distro you are using.

  5. KaZiNadA

    What’s the diference with WINE. WINE does the same and it’s a free software. Maybe crossover has a higer compatibility with windows applications, but with WINE I’ve run Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Project, not Outlook), for example.

  6. JonMCC33
  7. Jaspal

    have anyone using Dreamweaver Cs3 or 4 on ubuntu by any wine or crossover

  8. Jake
  9. haider_up32

    it supports upto CS2

  10. Jon Parshall

    We are very close to support for CS3 as well. We are working on CS4.

    Best Wishes,

    -jon parshall-

  11. Tushar

    can we run 3d software also like max, maya, xsi does video editing software also works?? Or is it restricted to some versions or codes.

  12. Naijadev

    I have been running Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks CS3 in Ubuntu using wine.It work in Hardy, Gusty and now intrepid. Am yet to try CS4 though.

  13. Srinivas

    hi every body i am new to LINUX, i installed photoshop7.0 through crossover, when i am using photoshop it is showing that “deafault system font could not be obtained” what i can do for this, any body help in this

    thannks in advance…..

  14. Lui

    I’m very new to Linux, my question is do u use programs like crossover to install mothotboard drivers that come withthe motherboard or how do you do that at all?

  15. Ange

    crossover is for application and games. You wouldn’t need to install motherboard drivers for your computer through crossover. If you need to install drivers of that sort and its not already integrated within your OS, the search google.

  16. Lars

    on the first picture it says: cd /desktop and the other that you told us to do but when I type in what you say it says no such file or directory whats wrong and what do you mean about go to the directory where the file is?

  17. Ange

    its “cd Desktop” not “cd /desktop”
    those 2 are completely different in the world of case sensitivity.

  18. happy

    Hi! My name is happy and work as a programmer.
    Question: How can I run my windows application in linux?

    I created a program in windows environment and it should be run in linux environment? how? is there a freeware that i can used? thanks!

  19. viren

    how can i get product registration details?

    thanx in advance


  20. viren

    hey! is there any other solution?


  21. Stefan

    How I reinstall this program ? Something happened and it crashed. Said that coudnt find bottle file in it’s own directory.Then I try to uninstall it 10 times and nothing happened. Then I dellete the folder and now I cant install it with this command !!!

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