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Developer(s) Quentin Pâris
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Compatibility layer
License GPL/LGPL

PlayOnMac is a free Microsoft Windows compatibility layer allowing the easy installation and use of numerous games and software designed to run with Microsoft Windows. PlayOnMac is based on the open source program Wine[1][2]

The software uses an online database of installers (called scripts) that are applied to different applications that need special configuration. The scripts act as installers for the desired software. If the game or software is not in the database, a manual installation can be performed but the result cannot be guaranteed. Aside from games, any other program can be installed and each one is put in a different container to prevent interference of one program with another.[3][4] PlayOnMac allows users to install some of the most popular Windows applications and many games.[5]

As with Wine, the use of PlayOnMac does not require nor use a Windows license.

PlayOnMac is developed using a combination of Bash and Python and uses the toolkit wxPython.

Notable supported software[edit]

PlayOnMac supports various piece of software including:

The full supported software list is available on PlayOnMac website

Unsupported software[edit]

Software that is not officially supported may also work if the setup or executable program is launched with PlayOnMac

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "7 Apps To Help You Run Windows Programs On Another OS". EFYTimes. 
  2. ^ "How to Run Windows Programs on Mac". Tech-FAQ. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Create a script for PlayOnMac - Chapter 5: Wine". 
  4. ^ "PlayOnMac". Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Supported software". Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  6. ^ "MetaTrader 4 on Mac OS". MQL5 Ltd. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Installing PlayOnMac and Internet Explorer 8" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-12. 

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