How to Install PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 on Debian 11

In this article, we will examine how to set up and use PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 to run Windows applications or games on a computer with Debian 11 Bullseye operating system.

How to Install PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 on Debian 11

How to Set Up PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 to Run Windows Apps or Games on Debian 11 Bullseye

PlayOnLinux is an interface software that uses Wine infrastructure but is not related to WineHQ and allows you to install Windows-compatible software.

If you are using Debian or one of the other Linux distributions, you may need to use this software in order to use one of the 32 Bit or 64 Bit programs of Windows on your Linux system.

You can see that many Windows programs or games are supported in the Wine application database, but in some cases, the application you want to run may not be supported. In such cases, you may need to turn to alternative programs.

You can run commonly used programs such as Office, Notepad, or Photoshop by installing the PlayOnLinux software on your Linux computer for free.

How to Download and Install PlayOnLinux

In order to install PlayOnLinux on your computer in the fastest way, it is sufficient to execute the “sudo apt install playonlinux” command in the terminal. However, you can also install manually using the deb package.

   Step 1

In order to install some EXE files without error, you need to enable 32 Bit architecture for Wine infrastructure. On your Debian 11 system, find the terminal from the applications and run it.

Then execute the “sudo dpkg –add-architecture i386” command in the terminal to enable 32 Bit (i386) architecture and then execute the “sudo apt update” command to update the software repository list.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update

Enabling 32 Bit Architecture

   Step 2

After refreshing the new versions of the packages and the repo addresses, execute the “sudo apt install wine32” command in the terminal to install Wine32.

sudo apt install wine32

Installing Wine32

   Step 3

After checking the packages to be installed for Wine32, press Y and Enter.

Confirming to Install Wine32's Dependent Packages

   Step 4

To install using the PlayOnLinux.deb package, you need to download it from the official website. You can download it with a web browser, but in order to download it quickly, it is enough to execute the command below in the terminal.

cd ~/Downloads

Downloading the PlayOnLinux.deb Package

   Step 5

After downloading the deb package, execute the command “sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb” in the terminal to start the installation.

If you see that dependent packages such as python should be installed as in the image below, run the “sudo apt install -f” command again and confirm the packages to be installed so that you can download and install the relevant packages depending on your repository addresses.

sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb
sudo apt install -f

Installing the PlayOnLinux.deb Package

   Step 6

When the necessary packages for PlayOnLinux are downloaded and installed, you can execute the “playonlinux –version” command to check the version in the terminal or the “playonlinux” command to run the program.

playonlinux --version

Checking the PlayOnLinux Version

How to Install a Windows Application

After installing PlayOnLinux on Debian, you can run any 32 Bit or 64 Bit EXE or MSI Windows application on your computer.

   Step 1

One of the programs that work compatible with PlayOnLinux is EditPad Lite. Execute the command below in the terminal to quickly download this wonderful note-taking application to your computer.


Downloading the EditPad Lite Program

   Step 2

After downloading the SetupEditPadLite.exe file to the Downloads folder, find PlayOnLinux from the application menu and run it.

Running PlayOnLinux

   Step 3

After opening the PlayOnLinux program, click the Install a program option from the Actions panel and click the Install a non-listed program option in the window that opens.

Install a Non-Listed Program

   Step 4

After reading the information about the installation steps in the Wizard window, click Next.

Reading Installation Descriptions

   Step 5

Click Next to skip the explanation window stating that PlayOnLinux is not related to WineHQ.

PlayOnLinux is not related to WineHQ

   Step 6

In the Manual Installation window, you can see that the applications you will install are not guaranteed to work correctly. As we said, you can find more than one compatible software in the Wine database.

Manual Setup Wizard

   Step 7

To install a new software, select Install a program in a new virtual drive and click Next.

Install Program on a New Virtual Drive

   Step 8

It would be more correct to type the name of the program for the virtual drive of the application. Therefore, for the virtual drive name, type the name of the program you downloaded and click Next.

Typing the Name of the Program

   Step 9

If you want to configure settings such as system compatibility in the Wine interface before starting the installation, check the Configure Wine option and select your system in the next window. If you are going to install a program with basic settings, continue without ticking these options.

Bypassing Wine Components

   Step 10

According to the program you downloaded, select the 32 Bit or 64 Bit installation option in this window and continue.

32 bits windows installation

   Step 11

Wait while the virtual drive you configured is being created.

Wait while the Virtual Drive is Configured

   Step 12

To start the installation of the program, you must select the EXE setup file. In this window, select the setup file via the Browse button and click Next.

Selecting the EXE Program

   Step 13

When the setup wizard of the EditPad Lite note-taking program opens, click the Immediate Installation button for quick installation.

Immediate Installation

   Step 14

After reading the license agreement of the EditPad Lite software, click the Yes, I Do button.

Accepting the EditPad Lite License Agreement

   Step 15

After installing EditPad Lite 8 on your Linux PC, for closing the wizard Click the Thanks! button.

Closing the Setup Wizard

   Step 16

Select EditPad Lite 8.lnk and click Next to create a shortcut for your note program.

Creating a Shortcut for EditPad

   Step 17

Type an understandable and appropriate name for the shortcut and continue.

Editing the Shortcut Name

   Step 18

Skip creating another shortcut and click Next.

I Don't Want to Create Another Shortcut

   Step 19

You can see the icon and name of the program you installed in the PlayOnLinux interface. Select the program you want to run in this interface and click Run from the tool menu, and then double-click the shortcut created from the Programs window.

Running EditPad Lite 8

   Step 20

Once you run the note-taking software, you can start doing your work. To check the EditPad Lite version, you can open the relevant window from the Help / About section.

Checking the EditPad Lite Version

How to Uninstall PlayOnLinux

If you want to remove PlayOnLinux from your system, first save the work you have done in all Windows applications, and then you can proceed to the deletion process.

   Step 1

To uninstall PlayOnLinux just execute the “sudo apt purge –auto-remove playonlinux” command in the terminal and then enter your root password and press Y and Enter to confirm the packages to be removed.

sudo apt purge --auto-remove playonlinux

PlayOnLinux Uninstall

   Step 2

Then execute the “sudo apt purge –auto-remove wine*” command to delete all Wine related packages as well.

sudo apt purge --auto-remove wine*

Uninstalling All Wine Related Packages

   Step 3

Finally, execute the “sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean” command to delete the unnecessary files, configuration files, and packages left on your system after uninstalling the related software.

sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean

Cleaning Residue Files on Debian


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