Wine is an open-source project that provides a compatibility layer used to run Windows applications on other operating systems such as macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS.
Wine works differently than other "emulation" software. Instead of running a version of Windows "in a bubble" inside your macOS or Linux environment, Wine is an intermediary. It translates Windows instructions into macOS or Linux instructions directly. That means when you open your Windows application, it will run faster and smoother than it would through an emulator.
We contribute all of our work on Wine back to the Wine Project. In fact, CodeWeavers developers make up for two-thirds of the Wine commits. The majority of the development we do goes into Wine first before it becomes part of our commercial product CrossOver.
active and former employees who have dedicated a large part (or all) of their time to supporting and developing projects that contribute to open source (up stream patches)
development hours donated to open source projects - made available to the open source community to use and benefit from
Make a monetary donation to support the Wine Project.
By purchasing CrossOver - you are supporting the Wine project as most of the code developed for CrossOver goes back into the Wine project.
Contribute code to the project to be used by the whole community for everyone’s benefit
We’re always looking for Experienced Wine Developers to join our staff!
Wine was originally an acronym for Wine Is Not an Emulator.
Wine is licensed as Free Software and is sponsored by the Software Freedom Conservancy
Using Wine is as close to making an application native as a developer can get without re-writing their calls to be completely native functions.
Wine now runs on macOS, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, ARM processors, PowerPCs, Android systems and many more!
Valve Software uses Wine to support Windows-only Virtual Reality titles on Linux.
VirtualBox uses Wine on Linux to accomplish pieces of Virtualization.
WineConf is an annual conference held once a year to bring together Wine contributors from all around the world. The meeting venue changes each year, but is generally in Europe about 2 out of 3 years, and in North America the other year. At WineConf, we get together to discuss hard technical problems, figure out how the project can best serve its community, and to celebrate our friendship and joy in working together.
CodeWeavers supports the Wine Conference by providing venue funding, helping with conference organization, and we sponsor a celebratory dinner each year as well.