CrossOver Linux is the easiest way to run Microsoft Windows software on your Linux PC without buying a Windows license, rebooting, or using a virtual machine. CrossOver Linux makes it easy to launch Windows programs natively from Linux. CrossOver also gives you cross-platform copy & paste, and a shared file system for your Windows applications.
CrossOver Linux runs Windows productivity software (like MSOffice), games, and utility programs all in one application. And without the overhead of a virtual machine, programs and games can run as fast or faster than they would under a Windows operating system. We support all major Linux distros.
Once CrossOver is installed, install and launch your Windows programs as you would any Linux application. You get access to your favorite Windows programs with ease. No booting required, or launching a virtual machine. No having to copy files from one file system to another. CrossOver runs directly on your Linux OS, and so does your Windows software.
Our CrossTie technology is a major step forward for CrossOver users, because it makes installing Windows applications drop-dead simple. Just clicking the "Install" button in CrossOver tells CrossOver to take care of the rest. You can do the same thing from our massive Compatibility Center, which has thousands of applications with CrossTie installers. Relax, and let CrossOver do the work.
CrossOver runs natively on your Linux PC. Which means you don't have to run a copy of Windows. Which means you're not paying the RAM and CPU penalty for two operating systems running at the same time. Which means no bogged down, choppy performance. If you need native speed, CrossOver is the better choice.
Since CrossOver is running on your native Linux file system, there's no need to move files back and forth between a Windows partition and OS X. Everything's in one place, right where you need it. Seamlessly Cut & Paste between Windows documents and Linux documents. Launch your Windows programs from the dock. Your Windows programs behave like native Linux applications.
Bottles are a unique feature of CrossOver that allow separate Windows environments (XP, Win7, etc.) to be packaged and self-contained with your favorite programs. Bottles are really useful, because they let you easily backup your software, and move it from machine to machine. They also ensure that you get the right version of Windows for your application's needs. It's like having several different Windows machines operating together on your computer.
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