Nearly any Windows app can be made to run on Mac hardware, running OS X, even graphically intensive games, albeit with a loss in performance (to some degree or other), just by wrapping the application in a Wineskin... Now I had heard about this over a couple of years, but, after my experience of using Wine on Linux in the early 2000's, I was always put off my what I imagined would be a right pain to configure, terrible performance and just a general nightmare. How wrong I turned out to be. About two months ago I ended up having to fix a game app to run OS X, found some instructions, followed them and since then I have been wineskin-ing loads of Windows only apps (Multimeter logging software, Comms software, etc).
Download Wineskin Winery, and follow the steps below:
- Update the wrapper
- Install a wineskin engine
- Create a wrapper
- Configure your wrapper
- Install and run your software
- How to Get Back to the Wrapper Configuration Page
These steps were taken from How to Run Your Favorite Windows Programs on OS X with Wineskin. There is an alternative method, which I employ, which comes from the youtube video that I mention below, How To Fix Grand Theft Auto SanAndreas Not Starting *Mac:
- Open the Wineskin winery app and update the wrapper - click on the Update button.
- Install a wineskin engine - click the + beneath the list area of the engines, choose the latest one and click Download and Install
- Create a new wrapper - name it in the subsequent dialog, "Please choose a name for this wrapper", click OK.
- The subsequent dialogs (Do you want to install Mono, .NET, etc.) you can click Cancel, if you know that you don't need them, otherwise there is no hard in clicking Install
- On the OSX dialog, "Do you want the app to accept incoming Network connections" - click Deny if your app needs no network access, else click Allow.
- When it has finally finished creating the Wrapper (it can take a while), click on View wrapper in Finder
- Right click and select Show Package Contents
- Open the alias
drive_c. This should reveal three directories (
Program Files and
Now on the PC/Windows machine, where your Windows application resides, open up the
C:\Program Files\ directory and copy the directory that contains your installed app to the mac (via network, USB drive or what have you). So if the path is
then you want to copy the
- Once you have copied the
RandomCorp directory to your Mac, drag it to the
Program Files directory in the
drive_c in the Wineskin wrapper. You can now close the window to the package contents.
- Open the wrapper (double click the icon). As it is not yet configured, a double opens up. In the resulting Wineskin dialog, click Advanced, click Browse, navigate to the
RandomCorp\NiceApp directory, locate the
NiceApp.exe and click Choose.
- Click Test Run to test it.
- The application should run.
- You can now close it.
- Test Run logs - if you had no problems click Cancel else click View to see what went wrong.
- You can now close the Advanced dialog.
- You can now run the app by doubling clicking the Wrapper icon.
There are a number of video tutorials out there, on youtube, of varying quality. I, myself, followed one called "How To Fix Grand Theft Auto SanAndreas Not Starting *Mac" (The mis-spelling of San Andreas is a direct quote). Admittedly it does not have the best audio, nor is the verbal explanation particularly clear, but the steps in the video itself are straight forward enough - it is the video that I followed and learnt with, when I had to resort to using Wineskin for the first time.
Hope this helps.