How to Install PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 on Linux Mint 21

In this article, we will examine how to set up and use PlayOnLinux 4.3.4, which allows you to run Windows-compatible programs or games on the Linux Mint 21 Vanessa distribution.

How to Install PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 on Linux Mint 21

How to Set Up PlayOnLinux 4.3.4 to Run Windows Compatible Software on Linux Mint 21 Vanessa

PlayOnLinux is free software that provides an interface to the Wine infrastructure developed for Linux distributions. By installing this software on your Linux computer, you can run all applications in the software database.

Thanks to PlayOnLinux, you can continue to use your commonly used software on your Windows computer on your Linux computer.

For example, users usually do their work or documents with the Microsoft Office program. Since this software from Microsoft only supports Windows systems, it cannot be installed on a Linux system like Linux Mint.

In such cases, you can freely use the PlayOnLinux software. But in some cases you may not be able to run new versions of office or other software.

How to Download and Install PlayOnLinux

There are different methods of installing PlayOnLinux on your computer. The first is to use a single line of code (sudo apt install playonlinux) in the terminal or install the application from the software center.

The second method is to download the deb extension package from the PlayOnLinux official website and install it manually.

   Step 1

First, open the terminal on your Linux Mint computer and execute the “sudo apt update” command to update the package list, then type your root password and press Enter.

sudo apt update

Updating the Linux Mint Package Database

   Step 2

After refreshing your system’s repository source, execute the command below in the terminal to download the PlayOnLinux.deb package.

sudo wget

Downloading the PlayOnLinux.deb Package

   Step 3

To install the deb package, execute the command “sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb” in the terminal. If you see that the dependent packages are not installed as in the image below, you should install those packages as well.

sudo dpkg -i PlayOnLinux_4.3.4.deb

Dependency Errors Preventing PlayOnLinux from Configuring

   Step 4

If you need to install the necessary packages for PlayOnLinux, execute the “sudo apt install -f” command in the terminal.

sudo apt install -f

Force Installation of Dependent Packages

   Step 5

Press Y and Enter to confirm the installation of additional packages of 1,223 MB (1.2 GB) on your system.

Confirming Additional Disk Space Usage and Installation of Required Packages

   Step 6

After installing PlayOnLinux, execute the “playonlinux –version” command in the terminal to check its version. You can also use the “playonlinux” command to run the program.

playonlinux --version

Checking and Running PlayOnLinux Version

   Step 7

After running the program, you can check the version and related information from the Help / About section.

Checking the Version of the Program from the GUI

How to Install and Configure Wine

In order for the PlayOnLinux software to run smoothly on your Linux host computer, you need to install the Wine package by choosing one of the x86 or x64 versions according to the architecture type.

If the applications you will run on your computer are 32 Bit, by installing the latest version Wine package from the Wine Versions (x86) tab, you can choose the version you downloaded manually instead of the Wine version that the program automatically determines on your system during the installation stages of the programs with EXE extension.

One of the most common PlayOnLinux errors is that the Wine package is not correctly detected on your system. That’s why we recommend installing the Wine package via POL.

   Step 1

After running PlayOnLinux, click Tools / Manage Wine Versions from the tool menu.

In the PlayOnLinux Wine Versions Manager window, click the x86 tab and select the current version from the versions listed on the left panel and click the > button.

Installing Wine for PlayOnLinux

   Step 2

When the Wine 7.11 installation wizard opens, click Next.

Wine Installation Wizard

   Step 3

Wait while the Wine 7.11 x86 version is downloaded to your computer.

Downloading Wine Package

   Step 4

After installing the Wine software from the POL interface, you can check it from the Installed Wine Versions section.

Checking Installed Wine Versions

How to Install a Windows Program

After installing PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint, you can now install and use a Windows-compatible EXE or MSI extension program on your computer.

One of the programs you can use in Linux Mint is Bandicam video recording software. Open the terminal on your system and download the Bandicam program via the wget command.


   Step 1

After downloading the Bandicam.exe program, click Install a program from the Actions section of the PlayOnLinux interface.

Install a Program

   Step 2

If the application you want to install is not available in the PlayOnLinux database, click Install a non-listed program.

Install a Program Not Listed

   Step 3

When PlayOnLinux Wizard opens, click Next after reading the relevant information for the installation steps.

Reading the Installation Description

   Step 4

In the next step, in the window that states that this software is not related to WineHQ, click Next.

PlayOnLinux Not Related to WineHQ

   Step 5

When the Manual Installation window opens, click Next to continue.

Manual Setup Wizard

   Step 6

If you are installing a program for the first time using PlayOnLinux, continue with the Install a program in a new virtual drive option.

If you are going to edit a program you have installed, continue with the Edit or update an existing application option.

Install a Program on a New Virtual Drive

   Step 7

Type the name of the program you will install in the relevant text box and click Next.

Typing the Program Name

   Step 8

At this stage, since you have downloaded the necessary Wine package for PlayOnLinux to run smoothly, select the Use Another Version of Wine option and click Next.

Use Another Wine Version

   Step 9

For x86 applications, select the version of Wine 7.11 you have installed and continue.

Choosing the Wine Version You Want to Use

   Step 10

If the program you will install is 32 Bit or 64 Bit, you need to specify the virtual drive type. Since we will install the 32-bit version of the Bandicam program, we choose 32 bits windows installation in this window.

32 bits windows installation

   Step 11

Wait while creating the virtual drive for Bandicam and configuring Wine. At this stage, install the Mono package necessary for the NET Framework applications to work correctly.

Installing the Wine Mono Package

   Step 12

Click the Browse button to select the EXE program you downloaded to your computer. Select the EXE file you saved in Downloads and open it.

Selecting the EXE File

   Step 13

When the installation wizard opens, select the language you want to use the program in and click OK.

Choosing the Bandicam Language

   Step 14

Click Next in the window informing you that you need to close all your running applications while starting the installation.

Bandicam Setup Wizard

   Step 15

Accept the license agreement of the video recording software.

Accepting the Bandicam License Agreement

   Step 16

After editing the components of the video program, click Next.

Selecting Program Components

   Step 17

Do not change the location where you will install Bandicam and click Next.

Configuring the Installation Location

   Step 18

When you have completed the installation, click Finish to close the wizard.

Closing the Setup Wizard

   Step 19

Check the bdcam.exe file to create a desktop shortcut for Bandicam and click Next.

Creating a Shortcut for Bandicam

   Step 20

Type Bandicam for the shortcut of the program and click Next.

Typing the Shortcut Name

   Step 21

In order not to create another shortcut, check the I don’t want to make another shortcut option and click Next.

I Don't Want to Create Another Shortcut

   Step 22

When you double-click the shortcut created on the desktop of your Linux Mint system, click Bandicam again in the window that opens and run it.

When you run the Bandicam screen recorder program, you can now start recording your work on your system.

User Interface of Bandicam Program

How to Uninstall the Installed Windows Program

Using POL, you can easily remove an application or game that you have installed on your Linux computer from the program’s interface.

   Step 1

Mark the program you want to remove from the POL interface and click the Remove button from the tool menu.

Uninstalling a Windows Program

   Step 2

When the POL Uninstaller window opens, click Next to continue uninstalling Bandicam.

PlayOnLinux Uninstaller

   Step 3

Click Yes to delete the virtual drive of the Bandicam program.

Confirming to Delete Virtual Drive

   Step 4

After successfully uninstalling the Windows program via PlayOnLinux, click Next and close the wizard.

Windows Software Successfully Removed from POL

How to Uninstall PlayOnLinux

If you no longer want to run a Windows program or game on your Linux computer, you can uninstall PlayOnLinux.

   Step 1

To completely remove PlayOnLinux from your system, execute the “sudo apt purge –auto-remove playonlinux” command in the terminal.

sudo apt purge --auto-remove playonlinux

Uninstalling PlayOnLinux

   Step 2

Press Y and Enter to confirm deleting all dependent packages to be removed from your system.

Confirming Packages to be Removed

   Step 3

After uninstalling the software, execute the “sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean” command to clean up all the unnecessary packages left on your system.

sudo apt autoremove && sudo apt autoclean

Cleaning Residue Packages in the System


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