Chapter 3. Installing CrossOver Linux

CrossOver Linux can be installed via the Debian or RPM package management systems. In addition, you can install using our graphical installer. This installer is especially useful if you wish to install in a single user account.

Upgrading.  To upgrade, simply run the installer for the new version and it will upgrade CrossOver while preserving your settings as well as any application already installed. Note, however, that it is highly recommended to uninstall CrossOver before switching between different installation modes.

Choosing an installation mode

You can install CrossOver Linux in two different modes. The installation mode will determine who can run CrossOver, where Windows software is installed, and who can run each Windows application.

User mode

When installed as a single user, the CrossOver environment will be set up for one account only. Only that user will be able to install and use Windows applications.

If you are installing CrossOver on a personal computer for private use, you should use this installation mode. It is the easiest, simplest, and safest installation method.

File locations.  The CrossOver application will be installed in ~/cxoffice. Windows applications and configuration files will be placed in ~/.cxoffice.

How to install.  Log in as the user who will be using CrossOver and locate the installation script. It will usually be called install-crossover-16.0.0.bin but may have a different name, especially if you downloaded it. Once you have found the installer, run it as follows:

$ sh install-crossover-16.0.0.bin
[Tip]

User mode is only available via the graphical (.bin) installer. Debian and RPM installations can only be completed system-wide.

Shared mode

Shared mode allows you to install CrossOver so that each user on the system can install and run the Windows software of his or her choosing. Each user will have their own set of private bottles.

If you are installing CrossOver for use by multiple users, you should use this installation mode. New users are easy to add, and corrupt or unwanted Windows environments can be easily erased or replaced.

File locations.  The CrossOver application will be installed in /opt/cxoffice. Each user's bottles will be placed in ~/.cxoffice.

How to install.  Log in as root and locate the installation script. It will usually be called install-crossover-16.0.0.bin but may have a different name. Once you have found the installer, run it as follows:

# sh install-crossover-16.0.0.bin

Once the installation completes, click Exit. Now, when a user runs CrossOver for the first time they will be able to install Windows software using the Windows software installation wizard.

[Tip]

Installing Windows applications as root in this install mode is almost certainly pointless. These applications would be usable by root and root alone.

Which installer format to choose.  CodeWeavers provides installers in .bin, .rpm. and .deb formats. You should choose the installer appropriate for your system and your preferences. Be aware that the using the .bin installer on a 64-bit system may require you to install additional 32-bit packages.

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