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Play on Linux interface
Developer(s) Quentin PÂRIS and Aymeric PETIT
Initial release 2007
Stable release 4.2.8 / 13 May 2015; 8 months ago (2015-05-13)
Written in Python (wxPython)
Operating system Linux
Type Compatibility layer
License GPL/LGPL

PlayOnLinux is a graphical front-end for the Wine software compatibility layer which allows Linux users to install Windows-based video games, Microsoft Office (2000 to 2010), Microsoft Internet Explorer, as well as many other applications such as Apple iTunes and Safari.[1][2]


PlayOnLinux is developed using a combination of Bash, Python and wxPython.

The system provides wrapper shell scripts that specify the configuration of Wine needed in order to install and run a particular application.

It uses an online database of scripts to apply to different applications that need special configuration; if the game is not in the database, a manual installation can be performed. Programs can be installed and each one is put in a different container (WINEPREFIX) to prevent interference of one with another. This provides isolation in much the same way that CrossOver's bottles work. Thus, applications may use different versions and configurations of Wine as appropriate. The installation of these is managed by the PlayOnLinux software itself without the requirement to install Wine separately.

The program also allows the user to create virtual partitions, in which specific programs can be installed with different Wine versions and programs, similar to a multi-boot computer.

Scripting language[edit]

PlayOnLinux includes advanced functions in bash allowing the community to make scripts easily by controlling the installation process.[3] Each supported program has its own script written in this language.

For example, the simple following script will popup a setup window with the message Hello World:

[ "$PLAYONLINUX" = "" ] && exit 0
source "$PLAYONLINUX/lib/sources"
POL_SetupWindow_message "Hello World!" "My first message"

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