How to Install Winamp on Ubuntu using PlayOnLinux

When you want to install Winamp on your Ubuntu and look up for the procedure on the Internet, most websites will suggest installing Qmmp. While Qmmp is a great choice and a feature-rich audio player that supports many formats, you will still miss many features that always made Winamp your first choice.

When Linux was originally made public, it lacked many useful applications that the major competitor -Microsoft Windows was successfully supporting. Linux thus created a compatibility layer which was used to run the Windows application on Linux itself called Wine. PlayOnLinux is a front-end UI for the Wine application. It lets you install many popular Windows applications that you otherwise missed to use on Linux. So let us utilize this utility to install your favorite music player, Winamp, on Ubuntu.

In this article, we will explain how you can install PlayOnLinux both through the command line and the graphical user interface. Then, we will explain how you can install Winamp through this application.

We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

PlayOnLinux Installation on Ubuntu

The PlayOnLinux application is available on the official Multiverse repository and can be easily installed through the command line and the UI.

Installation through the Command Line

Open your Ubuntu command line, the Terminal, either through the Application Launcher Search or by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut. You can then install PlayOnLinux through the official Ubuntu repository.

First, enter the following command in order to update your system’s software repository index with that of the Internet so that you can install the latest release of the software.

$ sudo apt-get update

Update Ubuntu package lists

Now enter the following apt-get command in order to install the latest version of PlayOnLinux:

$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux

Install PlayOnLinux

The system might prompt you with a Y/n option to confirm the beginning of the installation procedure. Enter Y and then hit Enter. The installation process will begin and might take some time depending on your Internet speed. PlayOnLinux will then will be installed on your system.

You can verify the installation and also check the version number of the newly installed playonLinux as follows:

$ playonlinux --version

Check PlayOnLinux version

Launch PlayOnLinux

You can launch PlayOnLinux through the command line by entering the following command in your Terminal:

$ playonlinux

Remove PlayOnLinux

In order to uninstall PlayOnLinux from your system enter the following command as sudo:

$ sudo apt-get remove playonlinux

Software Removal

The system will prompt you with a Y/n option in order to begin the uninstall procedure. Please enter Y and hit Enter to begin. playonLinux will then be removed from your system.

Installation through the Ubuntu Software Manager(UI)

If you are someone who avoids using the Command Line, installing software present in the Ubuntu repository through the UI is very simple. On your Ubuntu desktop Activities toolbar, click the Ubuntu Software icon.

Ubuntu Software Manager

In the following view, click on the search icon and enter PlayOnLinux in the search bar. The search results will list PlayOnLinux as follows:

Search for PlayOnLinux

Click the PlayOnLinux package from the search results. The following dialog will appear:

Install PlayOnLinux

Click the Install button to begin the installation process. The following authentication dialog will display for you to provide your authentication details as only an authorized user can install software on Ubuntu.

Authenticate as admin user

Enter your password and click the Authenticate button. After that, the installation process will begin, displaying a progress bar. PlayOnLinux will then be installed on your system and you will get the following message after a successful installation:

PlayOnLinux installed successfully

Through the above dialog, you can choose to directly launch PlayOnLinux and even Remove it immediately for whatever reason.


You can launch PlayOnLinux through the UI any time you want by entering relevant keywords in the Ubuntu Application Launcher or access it directly from the Applications list.

PlayOnLinux icon


You can uninstall PlayOnLinux through the Ubuntu Software manager by first searching for it through the Search button and then clicking the Remove button from the following view:


A dialog will ask you if you are sure about removing the software from your system. Please enter the Remove button to uninstall PlayOnLinux. An authentication dialog will display for you to provide the authentication details for a sudo user as only an authorized user can install software on Ubuntu. Enter your password and click the Authenticate button. After that, the uninstall process will begin, removing PlayOnLinux from your system.

Install Winamp through PlayonLinux

Open the official Winamp website and download the .exe installation package by saving the file to your system. It will be saved in your Downloads folder by default. Now, launch PlayOnLinux through the command line or the UI, it will open in the following view:

Start PlayOnLinux

You can install an application by clicking the ‘Install a program’ option from the left pane. It will open the following view through which you can search for the required Windows application from the Internet or install it through an installation package residing on your system. We will be using the later approach to install Winamp.

Select testing software

Click on Install a non-listed program link; it will open the following Manual Installation Wizard:

Installation Wizard

Click Next; the following dialog will open:

Install on new virtual drive

When you are installing a new application, like us, select the first option, or else choose the second option in order to edit/update an existing application. Then, click Next.

An application that you install through PlayOnLinux is saved in a virtual drive. The following dialog lets you manually name the virtual drive for the application you are currently installing:


Specify a name and then click Next.

manual installation Wizard

In most cases, keep all options unselected in this dialog and then click Next, the following dialog will open:

32Bit Windows application

Here, you can choose if you want your virtual drive to be for a 32 bits Windows installation or a 64-bits install. Winamp requires us to select the first option. Click Next.

Wine Mono Installer

A few installer dialogues, as shown above, might appear suggesting you to install some additional packages; you can install these packages or wish to ignore by clicking Cancel. The following dialog will then appear:

Select installation file

Click the Browse button and specify the .exe installation file of the Winamp package and click Next. The Winamp Installer will appear as follows:

Winamp installer

Click Next to agree to the Terms of License Agreement and Privacy Policy.

Standard install

We will select the first option as we are looking for a standard install of Winamp. Click Next and Winamp will be installed on your system. Winamp on Ubuntu Linux

The Manual Installation wizard then displays the following dialog:

select winamp.exe

This lets you select an icon that will be created on your Desktop through which you can easily access Winamp. Select an icon and then click Next.

Choose shortcut name

Then select a name for your Winamp shortcut and click Next.

Winamp is setup on Ubuntu

Your Winamp is now all set upon Ubuntu. Here is how its shortcut looks like on your desktop:

Winamp icon

If you ever want to remove this application, open Play on Linux, select the application from the following view and then click Uninstall from the left pane:

PlayOnLinux uninstaller

The PlayOnLinux Uninstaller will guide you with the uninstall procedure.

You have seen how PlayOnLinux makes the seemingly impossible task of running a pure Windows application on your Ubuntu as simple as running it as a native Linux application.