Frequently Asked Questions for What Runs on CrossOver

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our What Runs compatibility database.

What is the What Runs database for?

We're trying to capture information about how well various Windows applications run in CrossOver. Each entry can contain ratings, screenshots, tips, and forums for discussing how that application works in CrossOver.

How does the CodeWeavers What Runs database differ from the AppDB maintained on the WineHQ site?

Our database is specific to different versions of CrossOver. It focuses more on user expectation and provides tips that are possible in CrossOver.

What do the star ratings mean?

They indicate different levels of functionality under CrossOver. Go here for more information.

Why isn't my Windows application in the database?

Nobody has submitted it to the database yet. You can click here to add the Windows application.

If I don't see a Windows application in the database, does that mean it won't run under CrossOver?

It only means that no one has submitted that application to our database yet. You can go here to add the Windows application.

If I don't see my application here, what's the easiest way to find out if it will run under CrossOver or not?

Download the trial version and find out. That is the fastest, easiest way to answer this question. Once you've tried out your application we'd love it if you would come back and rate how it worked in our database.

My Windows application doesn't appear to run under CrossOver. Is there anything I can do to change that?

Absolutely. Depending on your situation, there are a number of things you can do.
  • Check out the tips and forums tabs of your application's database entry and see if other users have suggested ways to get the program running.
  • Review the Support resources for more general tips and resources for trying to get Windows applications to run in CrossOver.
  • Become an advocate for the application in question. You'll be able to try beta versions of CrossOver and provide new information on what changes. As CrossOver continues to improve, odds are your application will continue to improve too.
  • Contact the software developer of your application and suggest that they work with us to make their program work under CrossOver.

Do you work with software publishers to get their applications running?

Absolutely! We have porting services designed to help software publishers get their products running on Mac and Linux under CrossOver.

If you made (Application Name) work, CodeWeavers would sell (Big Number) copies of CrossOver!

Sadly, no. We've learned through experience that there are no "Killer Applications" out there whose support will help us sell a bazillion extra units of CrossOver. We really wish there were, but so far it's never happened. That's not to say we won't give discounts on development work if we have a large sales opportunity sitting in front of us. But in general, we are a "coin-operated" company: if you need an application to work, you'll need to cover our development costs and profit margin.

Are there any Windows applications that you can't get working under CrossOver?

We can probably get any Windows application to work. We managed to get Microsoft Office to run, so odds are pretty good that we can get your application running too. The only question is how much time and money it will take.

What are Advocates, and what do they do?

Advocates are the dedicated, talented, and extremely sexy people who help us maintain this database. Advocates try out their favorite applications in CrossOver and provide ratings and details of how they were able to get those applications working, and they'll often reply on the forums to help new users. If you think you might be interested in being an advocate, here's more information on what they do, and the perks they get as a result.

How can I subscribe to the forums to receive email updates?

You can subscribe to forum posts for a single application by clicking on the 'Subscribe' link in the menu of the application overview page. If you need to unsubscribe, either click that same link again, or go your Subscriptions page.
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