WineBottler

WineBottler 1.6.1

Run Windows applications on your Mac

Most people who need Windows access use a virtual environment such as
Parallels or VMWare Fusion to run Windows applications virtually on a Mac. View full description

PROS

  • Easier than installing a virtual machine
  • Free to use

CONS

  • Doesn't support OpenGL
  • Superseded by WineBottler
  • No Snow Leopard support

Not bad
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Most people who need Windows access use a virtual environment such as
Parallels or VMWare Fusion to run Windows applications virtually on a Mac.

However, if you don't need Windows and only need to run Windows applications Darwine might be able to help you. The Darwine project aimed to port and develop WINE as well as other supporting tools that allow Darwin and Mac OS X users to run Windows Applications. For developers out there, it also aims to provide a Win32 API compatibility at application source code level.

You should note, however, that as of May this year, the Darwine project has officially ended. Darwine is now known as WineBottler, although you can still use the last-known build of it, which is provided here. Note that Darwine runs only on Intel Macs with Tiger and Leopard and Snow Leopard is not supported yet. Darwine also isn't suitable for running 3D applications because there's no support for OpenGL as yet.

Darwine has many limitations and is now superseded by WineBottler but it's still worth a try if all other methods at running a Windows application in OS X have failed.

Changes

  • Support for IRDA protocol
  • Faster initial wineprefix creation
  • Axis remapping with evdev joysticks
  • More image formats in WindowsCodecs
  • Various bug fixes
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WineBottler 1.6.1

— User reviews — about WineBottler

  • dujuansylvester

    by dujuansylvester

    "Failed"

    The install failed and is causing my Safari to crash.I am unable to uninstall the program either!!. More.

    reviewed on December 17, 2014

  • salvator09

    by salvator09

    "does not stay open!"

    it crashes when i run the program! will not stay open! what a waste of time and disk space by downloading!. More.

    reviewed on July 12, 2014

  • kronos403

    by kronos403

    "can't use it"

    yeah it actually reads windows programs, and runs it... kinda well.... but i have a mac... and when i tried to install e... More.

    reviewed on August 2, 2010