Not or not all software developer release their software for macOS. Some of software developers are just release their application for Windows OS only.
In some case, sometimes you need to use a windows based application (exe/msi) for doing some task. While, you are a Mac user or at circumstance that you only have Mac computers to work with.
And your task is needing to use an application that only available for Windows only, in this case is exe based application.
So, in this post we gonna find out how to run an exe based application on macOS. In this post we also learn how to create an Apps from exe files.
Run EXE on macOS Using WineBottler
This time we use an App called WineBottler to get the job done. Actually there is another several ‘Wine’ based apps that can be used for the same purpose, but this time …we use WineBottler.
Before we start, you may need to know what is Wine? and how it works?
WineBottler is apps developed by Mike Kronenberg. This app is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, macOS, & BSD.
Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop. ( Source: https://www.winehq.org)
Okay! Let’s find out how to use this app! But before we do this you need to download WineBottler App HERE.
As I have try, there is two easy ways to do this (I use Aimp media player exe as an example)
Is, by run directly the exe file with Wine by right click on the application you need to run on your Mac.
New windows will pop up asking you to open it to run directly or to convert it to simple OS X application bundle.
Choose ‘Run directly’
Wine app will automatically extract the exe application to ‘Users’ > ‘Your Mac user name’ > ‘Wine Files’ folder and create a table prefix for the application to run on your Mac.
And the exe application will open just like the way the app run on Windows PC.
Is by convert exe/msi based application into simple OS X application bundle.
Just like to run directly method, simply right click on the exe file that you want to convert and choose to open it with wine. But this time choose to ‘Convert to simple OS X Application bundle with WineBottler.
WineBottler window will open.
In Program installation > Installation mode select Copy file (Program) to the App Bundle, anything else you can let it by default. See screenshot below
Then click Install button on bellow right of the WineBottler window.
A pop up windows ask you to ‘save is as’
Rename it as the exe file (program) and where you want the app to save to.
It takes time for Wine to create the App, depend on the program you want to create. Some program can be a big in size.
When WineBottler process of creating the app finish, the pop up message saying ‘Prefix created successfully.’now you can run and test the App you have created.
If everything work well then congratulation! now you have the new App!
Just for conclusion and closing word
That’s it! I hope now you can run the Windows computers based program on your Mac and get your job done whatever you working on it, I believe is good.
Wine is a free software. But if you like the App and want to support the developer to make his app more better in the future you can donate the developer at the WineBottler official site. [Note! I am not affiliated with Wine App]
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