How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 LTS

PlayOnLinux is a versatile piece of software that allows Linux users to install a wide range of Windows-based applications. Not only does it allow for the installation of games, but it also supports office applications, web browsers, and even Apple iTunes. Furthermore, the software is constantly updated to support new applications and wine versions. As a result, PlayOnLinux is an essential tool for any Linux user who wishes to run Windows-based software.

The following tutorial will teach you how to install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 LTS release series using the command line terminal using the default APT repository or installing the Flatpak third-party package manager to get a newer version binary.

Update Linux Mint

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date to avoid any conflicts during the installation.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install PlayOnLinux – APT Method

The first and perhaps best method is installing PlayOnLinux directly from your default repository using the APT package manager, which can be done using the following command.

sudo apt install playonlinux -y

Install PlayOnLinux – Flatpak Method

The second option is to use the Flatpak package manager, which by default is installed on your Linux Mint system as it prefers this third-party package manager over Snaps for various reasons and is featured heavily amongst Debian/Ubuntu-based distros along with many RHEL-based Linux distros.

First, re-install the Flatpak manager; this can be skipped if you already have it installed.

sudo apt install flatpak -y

Next, you must enable Flathub using the following command in your terminal.

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Ideally, you should reboot at this stage; if you skip this and notice icons not appearing, the reboot will generate the paths required for the future.


Now begin the installation using the following flatpak command.

flatpak install flathub org.phoenicis.playonlinux -y

How to the Launch PlayOnLinux

With the installation complete from one of the installation methods, you can run the application immediately from your terminal.

First, while in your terminal, you can use the following command.


Flatpak users will need to launch using the command below from a terminal instance.

flatpak run org.phoenicis.playonlinux

Most desktop users prefer to use the application icon, which can be found in the following path.

Taskbar > All Applications > PlayOnLinux

Note that depending on your chosen method, the icons will look different due to the version differences with Linux Mint on the four series and Flatpak on the five series.


How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Once open, you can begin navigating and adding applications from the Library. The default version is plainer but straightforward to use, and more information can be found on the official wiki for further learning.

Example (APT method v4):

How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 LTS

Example (Flatpak Method v5):

How to Install PlayOnLinux on Linux Mint 21 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade PlayOnLinux

Updates should appear in notifications, but if these fail to show sometimes, it is recommended to check using the terminal regardless of the following commands to check for updates.

APT Method

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Flatpak Method

flatpak update

How to Remove (Uninstall) PlayOnLinux

Use one of the following commands to suit the original installation method for users who no longer require the application.

APT Method

sudo apt autoremove playonlinux --purge -y

Flatpak Remove Method

flatpak remove  --delete-data org.phoenicis.playonlinux -y

Next, run the following command for any leftover clean-ups required, similar to the autoremove command described for the apt remove example command.

flatpak remove --unused

Comments and Conclusion

If you’re looking for an easy way to install Windows-based applications on your Linux machine, PlayOnLinux is an excellent option. The software is constantly updated with new features and support for new applications, so whatever you need will likely be available. Plus, the interface is simple and user-friendly, making it a breeze to get up and running.

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