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How To Install Ableton Live 10 On Linux With WINE (it works flawlessly!)

A few years back, I tried to install Ableton Live 9 using WINE and the amount of tweaking and dependancy installing I had to do just get it to run was too much. Now, all I did to install Ableton Live 10 was to download it, install it, and then run it! I didn’t have to configure any Windows dependancies or fiddle around with winetricks. Even my MIDI keyboard (Novation Launchkey 49) works flawlessly. It literally works out of the box!

Ableton Live 10 running on my machine!


Before we get started, ensure your packages are up-to-date. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Fedora 30 with the GNOME desktop environment but I’ll also include commands for Ubuntu/Debian based systems. To install WINE, open up your favorite terminal emulator and run the following:

For Fedora Systems:

$ sudo dnf install wine

For Ubuntu/Debian Systems

$ sudo apt install wine

# Ubuntu cannot create the WINE launcher for some reason so you will have to run this command. You can then right click and run .exe files.

$ sudo cp /usr/share/doc/wine/examples/wine.desktop /usr/share/applications/
Wine Configuration Window

Once installed, open your application menu/dash/launcher and search for “winecfg”. The application is called “Wine Configuration” so open that. It will create the relevant WINE folders then a window will pop-up. If you need to configure anything such as setting libraries, adjusting graphics preferences or theming, passing through drives, it can all be set here. At the moment, there is nothing to be set so you can close the window.

Download and install Ableton Live 10. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Live 10 Lite. It comes in a ZIP file you will need to extract it then install it. Double-clicking (depending on your mouse setup) on the installer should work. If the installer isn’t launching or rather, it is launching another program, right click on the installer and click “Properties”. Click on the “Open with” tab and then find “Wine Windows Program Loader”. Select it and set it as default. One done, you should be able to install it as normal.

Once Ableton is installed, launch it. It took a while to load on my system but once open, you will get a window prompting you to activate Ableton. If you wish to activate it, you will have to do an offline activation as online doesn’t work (at least for me).

You may need to adjust the number of audio samples in the input/output channels but other than that, that’s it!

Here are my audio settings inside the Ableton preferences.

Now make some music!

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