Using CrossOver to Emulate Windows Apps on Slackware64

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CrossOver, is another emulator (well actually it use WINE on its backend) runs on Linux and Mac which is capable to install many popular Windows application and PC games.

However CrossOver is not free. Yes, you must buy it. And yeah, Open Source doesn’t always mean free in term of price.

In this article we will discussing about how to install and run the trial version of CrossOver on Slackware64. In this article I use:

  1. Slackware64 14.0
  2. WINE
  3. CrossOver 12.1

Obtaining the Material

Although there are some people provide you free full version of CrossOver, in this article we will use trial version Cross Over on their official site. It should be clear that the method I use here is generic and can be applied to Slackware and maybe other distro other than Ubuntu and Fedora.

Go to CrossOver official site, here. Download the free trial, you should be asked about Name and Email. In this article we will use CrossOver 12.1 and choose “Installer for all other Linux Distributions”. You will then get install-crossover-12.1.2.bin.


First, install WINE. You can do WINE installation by read article here.

Once you installed WINE, we then proceed to CrossOver installation. Make sure install-crossover-12.1.2.bin is executable by you. You can do chmod on it with executable flag. Then run the installer. The installation is quite straightforward. Install it to /home/<your username>/cxoffice.

Once you have accomplish it, you have installed CrossOver on your machine.


You can use CrossOver to execute Windows binary file. Everytime you want to run Windows apps, do right click on them and choose Open With. You can then choose either  CrossOver (install) or CrossOver (run), depending on what the executable is.

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