First Use

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You have just installed the software but you're not sure how to use it? This section is here to guide you in your first installations and teach you how to use the basic functions.

PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac, what's the difference?

In this wiki, we discuss both PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac interchangeably. But what are the differences between the two programs?

Apart from the fact that the first is for Linux and the other is for Mac, they are the same. The only major differences between the two programs are the layout and some options that are only available on one or the other. For reasons of convenience, you will only find PlayOnLinux images on this page. However, any differences will be highlighted to avoid losing users of PlayOnMac.

For now, the only difference you need to remember is the location of the menu bar. Aside from that, this guide is suitable for users of both PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac.

On Linux

The menu bar is located at the top of the software window, as you can see in the picture below:


On Mac

The menu bar is in the top bar of the system, as you can see in the picture below:


The main window

The first time you launch the program, this window will seem a little empty -- this is normal. In this example, only one program is installed. This window lists the applications installed in PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac.


The window is divided into three parts:

The toolbar


The toolbar displays the five shortcuts you will use most often:

  1. Run
  2. Close
  3. Install
  4. Delete
  5. Configure

The run button

Launch the application selected in the Application List.

The close button

Normally, when you quit an application, it should close normally, but sometimes it freezes. In this case, select it from Application List and press the button Close . This will force Wine and the application to close fully without damaging your system.

Install button

This button provides access to the list of applications that PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac can install on your computer. We will discuss this in detail later.

The delete button

This button uninstalls an existing application. We will see that later.

The Configure button

This button opens the configuration window of WINEPREFIX. For more information on this menu, you can read the documentation about Configuration Window.

The actions panel


The action panel may seem very empty at the moment and this is normal. This is where you will find actions related applications installed. It offers at this time to install a program and access the settings of PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac.

When you select an application from the list, there are different actions:

  • "Run" will run the selected application
  • "Close" will close the selected application
  • "Debug", which helps debug issues in an application
  • "Configure" opens the Configure Window, and automatically selects the application that is highlighted
  • "Creating a shortcut" creates a shortcut to an application on your desktop
  • "Open the directory", which opens the folder containing the executable in WINEPREFIX
  • "Uninstall" uninstalls the software, and offers an option to delete the WINEPREFIX (otherwise known as a "virtual drive".)

The Application List


This list will include all applications installed with PlayOnLinux or PlayOnMac, which is also a list of shortcuts. From here you can easily launch, uninstall or configure these applications. It also offers a right-click menu -- here are the options:

  • Open the application folder
  • Read the manual, if available
  • Change the icon to change the launcher (useful if the application does not have one and want him to apply PlayOnLinux / PlayOnMac)
  • Delete; simply uninstall the program
  • Close applications, like the close button explained above

These are the basics for the interface. For more information on some of its features or menus, feel free to browse the rest of the wiki.

Install Application

Installing an application is as simple as searching for it and following the installation wizard. To install an application:

  • Click "Install" on the main window
  • Either search for your program in the search bar, or choose from a category along the top


  • Once you have found the application you are wanting to install, highlight it in the list, and click "Install" in the bottom-right corner of the PlayOnLinux Install Menu window


  • Simply follow the on-screen instructions that pop up. They will guide you through the rest of the installation


That is all! It is really just that easy.

About 'NoCD'

At the top of the install Window, you will note some checkboxes. The one that says "No-CD needed" are for games that will not run correctly without cracks. We absolutely do not support piracy or cracks of any kind. They are just there for posterity and for special circumstances.
If you have issues with any installer in that category that has to do with piracy, we cannot help you.