How do I install Wineskin? If you want to actually install things to create wrappers for yourself or others. Wineskin wrappers are created in Wineskin Winery.
Download the latest version of Wineskin Winery and use it to create all the Wineskin wrappers that you need. If you want to use a port or wrapper made by someone else, you need to follow their directions.
Typically it works just like a normal Mac Application and you have nothing special to install. If its a wrapper someone has shared, usually you need to just install the program inside the wrapper using the “Install Windows Software” or 'Install Software' (in Wineskin 2.5.5+) button in Wineskin.app, or just dragging and dropping the installer/setup exe or msi file onto the wrapper. You really need to follow directions by the person who made the specific wrapper or full port though, as there might be some special things to do.
The Easiest Method, Hands Down Wine is definitely one of the best ways to run Windows software on a Mac. It has a large following and plenty of support and ways to find what you need and it is constantly being updated. I was actually planning on writing a tutorial on how to install the Windows version of Steam on Mac OS X with a standard Wine installation. Then I discovered that this method was actually easier and it keeps everything self contained within an.app file. So, without any further ado, let’s get started and install Steam on your Mac!!! Install Wineskin Winery This little gem is quickly becoming my favorite way to use Wine on Mac OS X. Wineskin is simple, fast and it’s easy.
Everything is put together for you in a nice tidy little package and it’s all self contained in an.app file. It also has advanced features, so if you want to use a custom compilation of Wine you can. If you are new to Wine I think you will find it very user friendly and if you are already familiar with Wine, I think you will find that it has enough advanced features to your satisfaction.
You can download it from. It works with the following versions of OS X. OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). OS X 10.7 (Lion). OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).
OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) It’s a quick download with nothing to unpack or install. Simply run the Wineskin.app file when it finishes downloading. Installing Wine and the Wrapper One of the great features I love about this app is that you can download and use any version of Wine that you want.
This is so awesome because I have found that some Windows applications only work with certain versions of Wine. Not only that, but you can download several different versions at the same time and the app manages them for you and once downloaded, you can choose whichever version you want to use. When you first open Wineskin you will see the home screen. Click the “+” button to install Wine. You’ll see a drop down list of all the available versions. Go ahead and choose the latest version. Next, update the Wrapper.
Last, click the “Build new blank wrapper”, name it “Steam” and then give it a few minutes to build. You will be prompted to install Gecko and Mono.
Decline these prompts. These are not necessary. When it’s finished view your newly created wrapper and copy it over to the desktop. Hey Susan, Hmmm. It should be Steam.exe.
I have had that issue where it hangs while trying to update. Not sure what causes it, but in my case I had to uninstall Wineskin and reinstall it and start from scratch. With the weird filename you are seeing along with the update hang, I would try uninstall/reinstalling Wineskin.
Also, try: Rebuilding a wrapper using Wine 1.7.8 and see if that works. (Maybe something broke between.8 and.9??) Make sure you are updating winetricks before attempting to run the Steam winetrick.
Let me know how it goes! Hey Jay, Maybe I misunderstood the purpose of this trick, but what I’m trying to do is use this steam client to download the game files from Steam to my hard drive. I loaded up steam, clicked download, waited for it to finish, etc.
Now I am trying to get the actual files, and they aren’t anywhere on my mac. I can see them by right clicking the game in my Steam Library, hitting preferences, local files, and browse local files. However, they only display within the Wine Explorer, and there’s no way to find them in Mac Spotlight, or to copy them over to my main desktop. Is this actually possible to do?
I’m trying to do it this way because I want to mod Skyrim on a mac, for which I need the actual files to put into a wrapper. I don’t have a PC or large hard drive, or I’d just download it there and paste the files onto the mac.
Steam itself won’t allow Skyrim to be downloaded to a non-compatible OS. The only thing I can think of is that the Wine Explorer has saved the files somewhere hidden. I mean, My computer spent all that time downloading the files, they have to be somewhere, right? They aren’t just simulated in Wine Explorer or something weird?
The download seemed to actually be happening, the download rate fluctuated and stopped working if my connection went off. I’ve been looking for the files with Houdini but no luck so far.
Update: I thought I found the files inside my Steam wrapper, and tried to copy them to my desktop. When I did, though, it only destroyed the files inside the wrapper, and created an alias file which pointed to the now-lost files in the wrapper.
I’m unsure that the alias would have worked even if the files were still there, since I couldn’t find them in Spotlight or searching Finder. Just recreated my wrapper, installed Steam, am now downloading Skyrim again. Will see if I can get those files out properly. Still would love advice.
Hi Graham, Have you tried just launching Skyrim to play it? The purpose of creating this wrapper is to run the Windows Steam Client and play PC games on your Mac. You may need to install certain requirements (drivers/frameworks) for the game in the wrapper in addition to Steam, but playing it should be possible.
I’m not sure I quite understand the reason for downloading the files No, the files are not simulated, they should have been physically downloaded. When you download, are you given the option to choose the location? You could create a folder in the Wineskin wrapper in the “/Contents/Resources/drivec” and then specify the downloads to that folder. Keep me updated. Hey Jay, Well, the reason I was trying to get my hands on the actual files (I did actually find them last night) is that I was trying to play Skyrim through a Cider wrapper. The reason for that is that I plan to mod, and also potentially to play in places that have no internet connection. So, I bought Skyrim, and what I wanted was to download the files, drop them into my Cider wrapper, apply a crack which would stop the game from needing to check with Steam, and play that way.
However, something in the latest 22.214.171.124.8 Skyrim update makes the Cider wrapper fail to display the graphics, so I’ve given up on that until someone updates Cider. I just tried and Skyrim loads up using your method, so thanks for that! One quick question: do you know how to make the games display in full screen? When I move my mouse to the bottom of the game window, the dock pops up. Any way to lock the Skyrim screen in front and keep anything else from covering it? Graham, I realize this post is from over a year ago, but I’m trying to download a game right now onto my mac and ran into the same problem you did. I wanted to find the actual files that were installed through the Windows version of Steam, but was unable to find them anywhere except in SteamPropertiesLocal filesBrowse local files and I can’t do anything with those.
You said in this comment that you eventually did find those files and I would love to know where because I’ve been looking and looking and can’t seem to find them anywhere. Another “year later” comment. I was able to find the downloaded Steam files by first showing hidden files using Terminal (defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES), then looking in /.wine/drivec/Program Files/Steam/steamapps. For what it’s worth, if it helps future readers, I was trying to solve the “could not load library client” issue.
The solution is to browse to /.wine/drivec/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/common/Source SDK Base 2007/sourcetest/bin and copy the client.dll and server.dll files to /.wine/drivec/Program Files/Steam/steamapps/sourcemods/gesource/bin. Hey Bob, Did a little investigating, and there have been some updates, possible bug. Apparently people are having issues with the Windows version in general, not just in Wine.
Anyway, I found a quick workaround. Go ahead and create the Wrapper according to the tutorial using winetricks (make sure you update Winetricks). The reason for this is that the dwrite bug is automatically fixed. So you won’t have to deal with that. Go to the Steam website and download the Windows version. Right click and Show Contents of your Steam Wrapper, and double-click the Wineskin.app inside. Click Install Software 5.
Point it to the “SteamSetup.exe” that you just downloaded. Run through the install (it will reinstall Steam in the same directory) and it will continue through the Update process and open the Steam Client window. Let me know if you run into any problems. Hey Japa, The text not showing is a bug that was discovered with “dwrite”.
It looks like you have run into by looks of one of your screenshots. As long as you updated Winetricks before running the install, it should have taken care of that. Just to make sure, I would try starting over with a new wrapper, update winetricks, run through the tutorial steps and then apply the workaround.
As for the game, I’m hoping the updated winetricks will fix it. But if not, hit me back here and I’ll see if I can help you figure it out.
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The reason your comment didn’t show was it got hung in my spam filter, I imagine because of the links. I had to strip them out, but I did look at them! Hi Sam, I can’t guarantee that it will work with ALL games. One thing to keep in mind is that you may also need other software “installed” in your Wine environment in order for the game itself to work. Make sure to look at any requirements for the game. You can install video drivers,.NET, etc into the Wine Wrapper that might be needed. The Wine environment is highly configurable, and sometimes it takes a little tweaking with the settings to get things to work right.
You can always post here and I’ll help you troubleshoot. Naturally I’m not going to have access to every game, but I’ll do the best that I can!
Thanks for the positive comment! Hi, So I installed it and everything was perfect so thanks! But then I closed the wineskin Steam and left to go do something else. Then when I came back and clicked on Wineskin Steam, it wouldn’t open. I had to reinstall the whole thing and now I’m afraid to close the app. I don’t want to have to reinstall it and redownload all my games each time I want to go on Steam. How can I open the Windows Steam/Wineskin Steam?
Please do respond because I am eager to get back to the gaming community. Thanks in advance. Best regards, Sadie. Hi there, so i recently came across wineskin and decided to give it a shot as i’m on holiday and don’t have my PC. I installed everything, followed the intstructions however after steam updated itself, it closed without any messages whatsoever.
I tried installed the following as you suggested to others: sound=coreaudio macdriver=mac win7 After checking for updates, instead of wine cosing straight away, a magnified steam icon appears on my dock for a min before closing down again. Any suggestions? Hey Robin, Yeah, it’s always a good idea to check the requirements of the game. It sounds like the Visual C runtime is needed. There is a winetricks script for that. If you hold the Option key while double-clicking on your wine wrapper it should take you back to the configuration. Under the DLLs section in winetricks you’ll find a list of the different versions.
While you’re there I would install any other prerequisites that the game may have. Keep me updated, and I’ll try to help you troubleshoot.
Hi Nick, Usually a sha1sum mismatch means a problem with the download verification. It could be on either end. Sometimes you just have to wait and try again, or you could rename the.exe that it is telling you to rename. Did you make sure to update winetricks before running the Steam install? There is a button in the lower left hand corner to update winetricks. This is important.
This script can become outdated at times and needs to be updated from time to time. Also, I just did a test run to see if I could replicate your error, but I was able to successfully install it running on Mavericks 10.9.2 Let me know if you continue to have problems, and I’ll help you troubleshoot. Hi Faiz, Usually a sha1sum mismatch means a problem with the download verification. It could be on either end. Sometimes you just have to wait and try again, or you could rename the.exe that it is telling you to rename. I’m seeing a lot of people having the same error, so it may be on the server side. Did you make sure to update winetricks before running the Steam install?
There is a button in the lower left hand corner to update winetricks. This is important. This script can become outdated at times and needs to be updated from time to time. Also, I just did a test run to see if I could replicate your error, but I was able to successfully install it using Wine 1.7.27 and Wrapper 2.6.0 There should not be any need to update to Mavericks. Let me know if you continue to have problems, and I’ll help you troubleshoot. Hi Lucas, Usually a sha1sum mismatch means a problem with the download verification. It could be on either end.
Sometimes you just have to wait and try again, or you could rename the.exe that it is telling you to rename. I’m seeing a lot of people having the same error, so it may be on the server side. Did you make sure to update winetricks before running the Steam install? There is a button in the lower left hand corner to update winetricks. This is important. This script can become outdated at times and needs to be updated from time to time. Also, I just did a test run to see if I could replicate your error, but I was able to successfully install it using Wine 1.7.27 and Wrapper 2.6.0 I will give it a test run on Lion, but it should not make a difference.
Let me know if you continue to have problems, and I’ll help you troubleshoot. Hi, this is unrelated to the guy above but we have a similar problem. I’m having a problem like many other people: I run the new wineskin app on my desktop and go to advanced, tools, then winetricks.
I update, then I click on steam and click run and I get the “sha1sum mismatch! Rename /Users/Nick/.cache/winetricks/steam/SteamSetup.exe and try again.” error. I’ve tried renaming a bunch of things like it says. I’ve looked in my new wineskin app on my desktop for a.cache file or a steamsetup.exe to rename but I can’t find anything. I’ve renamed the Windows EXE name on the wineskin advanced page and nothing happened. I am running Mavericks 10.9.5. Is there any NEW troubleshooting methods you could give?
It seems like I am just not able to install steam on winetricks, so maybe there is a way around that? Hi Jon, I have tried and tried to replicate this and have been unsuccessful. I have done several runs on 10.9.5 as well as different versions to see if my methods in the tutorial might be outdated. But I have been able to get a successful Steam wrapper built everytime.
At this point I can only think of two more troubleshooting measures. 1) It could be a permissions issue on that directory? But I’m not entirely sure that is the case.
2) Try downloading the SteamSetup.exe for Windows from the Steam website and copy it to the that directory “/Users/Nick/.cache/winetricks/steam/” and replace the one that is there if it is present. Let me know how that goes. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it, as it seems a lot of people are having trouble. Hi Rachel, There has been an issue lately with the sha1 not matching and throwing an error. The workaround is to download the Windows version of Steam (.msi) from the website and install in the wineskin wrapper manually. When you click on your wrapper, there is an option to install software. Choose that and point it to the.msi file you downloaded.
If you are seeing the steam login window, but not text then there was previous bug with the dwrite.dll, but was fixed in later versions, so it’s strange that you would be experiencing that. But if so, open your wrapper and go to winecfg and disable the dwrite.dll and that should fix it. Let me know if neither of those work and I’ll continue to troubleshoot with you. I have a 27″ Late 2013 3.5 GHz Intel Core i7 running OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 and am having issues with Steam working properly.
I had to use the alternate method to get Steam installed and it worked. I used Wineskin 2.6.0. I sign in to my account and the Store doesn’t behave correctly. It’s the same issue as two others who recently posted on here but I have tried to elaborate on the details. Most of the content is empty aside from a single game advertised in the News. Aside from the pull-down menus, nothing is clickable, nothing can load, and there is always a progress icon working in the upper right hand corner. The scroll bar on the right side doesn’t actually scroll, in fact when I resize and expand the window it remains stuck in place as if I’m just viewing a still image of the Store.
The menus on the top of News don’t take me anywhere or even act as if they can be clicked. The Library is the only place where the scroll bars move as they should and all sections are fully functional. I can also change the view style of my already owned games, and I actually got an installation completed of a game I already had which also has a Windows version. The only section usable in Community is Discussions and Market. Under Broadcast the search fields act as if they’re just images and cannot be clicked inside to perform any typing or searches.
Everything else just shows that processing icon in the upper right hand corner which appears but then goes away once the sections which do work have loaded. Content is mostly empty boxes with just bits of text here and there. Under my account I can use a few of the sections but others again act as if they’re not functional and always have the processing icon. To try to fix the missing text, I used Winetricks to install the corefonts and it appeared to successful but there’s no change. I tried to use Winetricks to install Flash 12 but it failed, giving me a sha1sum mismatch error. (The same error which caused me to have to rely on the alternative method to install Steam to begin with). Basically, the Library is the only part of Steam which is fully functional and I can’t use the Store other than to Add a Game or look at images of what should be functional sections such as my Wishlist or News.
For now the only workaround I can come up with is to acquire Windows games through the Store on Mac Steam (you can purchase from both platforms), and then use Windows Steam to install them and play them since I can’t use the Store to do anything else. I got Steam for Windows working correctly!
I ‘showed the package contents’ for Steam, opened Wineskin and went to Advanced, Tools, Winetricks. I then installed the following: fonts: corefonts; dlls: vcrun2005, vcrun6, and quicktime76. The only thing I notice is cosmetic in that the fonts in Steam are not smooth and show some jaggedness or are a bit blurred or faint but still legible. I think it may because of the lack of the font Tahoma which is not part of core fonts. I tried to install this font but it failed because it timed out trying to obtain it from the ftp site. Flash still fails to install with the shamus mismatch error but it doesn’t seem necessary since I now have full artwork in the Store and the videos play.
The scroll bars now expand when I resize the window and scroll as they should on all sections of Steam. In short, it works. I also gave Steam a web browser.
In Winetricks under apps, I installed Safari since I know from using Steam on my Mac that it sometimes accesses your web browser. First of all, thank you for making this. It’s far easier to understand and follow than other tutorials on the internet, and I can tell that you put a lot of work into this.
Second, every time I open Steam I get the message “steamwebhelper.exe has encountered a serious problem and needs to close.” I didn’t think it would be a problem, but any games I try to launch start to run and maybe play a little audio before crashing the whole application. I also can’t add new games to Steam. Whenever I try to add new games, either via the Steam store or a file I already have on my Mac it starts to load, but never stops. Hi, So I have tried a few things to get to be able to play this windows only game on my mac. I’m trying to play From Dust. I downloaded steam into the wrapper before ever finding this tutorial. The text on steam was not working and I was able to fix it with another tutorial.
Since From Dust is also a ubisoft game, you also need uplay as well as steam to play it. I first tried downloading uplay via wineskin, and it worked. I just couldn’t use it because the text on the steam I downloaded within that would not work.
So I downloaded steam directly onto a different wrapper and I was able to download From Dust, and when I clicked play, uplay would pop up and I was able to sign in and start the game. But the game gets through the little logo intro and starts a loading screen, and then wineskin tells me that the program has run into “a serious problem and needs to close”. I can’t figure out what needs to be done. I wanted to try fixing the steam client within the wrapper that I downloaded uplay in, but I couldn’t figure out how to get to the settings for things in Wineskin after I already have the things downloaded onto the wrapper and it to be running. I may just uninstall everything and do it all over again following this tutorial.
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I have been trying to find a way to play Windows-only Steam games on Mac, like the FNAF tetralogy, which I, at the moment, have wasted a $25 gift card on. (I have an iMac) This is a simple, easy process that I am very thankful for.
However, I am stuck on step 10, whenever I try to run it, it gives me this: mkdir: /Users/tmbalding/.cache/winetricks: Permission denied Executing wdocall steam Executing loadsteam Executing mkdir -p /Users/tmbalding/.cache/winetricks/steam mkdir: /Users/tmbalding/.cache/winetricks/steam: Permission denied —————————————————— Note: command ‘mkdir -p /Users/tmbalding/.cache/winetricks/steam’ returned status 1. —————————————————— Winetricks Commands Finished!! I’m not the best at reading code, but what I am interpreting from this is that the admin is blocking me from running it.
I don’t understand how to bypass it; do I have to go somewhere in system settings to deal with this? If you can tell me what the problem is, that would be very helpful! Thank you for your time! I followed your steps perfectly, and everything works well, but when I launch a game it gives me a white screen. I have tried launching Skyrim, and the launcher works, up to the point where i press play on the launcher, then the game opens, but stays on white screen. I tried launching some other, less demanding games and I got a different type of error, the game’s interface would load, but none of the textures will, and all i will get is just white instead of a texture that should have been there.
I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me sort this error out. Thank you in advance!
Just a heads up – just installed this on a Macbook Pro 2015, running El Capitan. I received the same error. I rebooted the entire machine and this went away, but began to receive an installer script error. It had 2 downloads to install before launching the game, the one it failed on was the ‘VC redist’. I followed the tutorial to remove an installer script here: I rebooted again and waited, and waited. After trying launching the game it just hung there for a long while.
I walked away, and after coming back probably 10 minutes later, I was surprised to find the game splash screen up. Great tutorial on the wineskin side of things.