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PlayOnMac & macOS Catalina (v 10.15): incompatibility

Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 10:45

Warning: PlayOnMac does not work with macOS Catalina (v10.15) and next, because it drop 32bits support. No fix planed.

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PlayOnLinux 4 : free games checked and repaired

Sunday 9 June 2019 at 6:23

PlayOnLinux 4: most of the free games have been tested and repaired.


Note 1 : Some of these games are downloadable automatically.

Note 2 : The free games installables appears in the PlayOnLinux (and PlayonMac) application when you uncheck the "commercial" checkbox). Sorting is not possible from the website.

Phoenicis PlayOnLinux 5.0 - Alpha 2

Tuesday 1 January 2019 at 12:05

Hi everyone!

We wish a happy and successful year! For this first day of 2019, we are glad to release the second alpha version of Phoenicis PlayOnLinux 5.

A new wine builder

We have rewritten from scratch our winebuild platform. To make it short, it is more reliable, more transparent, easier to setup and cross-platform compatible. Any project that needs to use wine could now potentially use it and take advantage of the 1828 different builds. (We admit that some of them are outdated, though).

The winebuild project is open source, uses containers. You can install it on your machine in no time if you want to build wine by yourself.

Support of new wine distributions

Speaking about wine builds, we now support 4 wine distributions: 

  • Upstream wine builds are vanilla and unmodified wine (1)
  • Staging wine builds are the wine builds patched by wine-staging
  • Dos support wine builds contains wine and dosbox. (See the next feature)
  • CX contains a wine version patched by codeweavers

We plan to support proton in the next weeks.

All these wine build can be compiled directly through


(1) Except the very old versions that have a specific suffix is their names, like 1.5.3-heap_allocation_v2-avoid_deadlock, but we are going to move them anyway.

DOS Support

Winebuild now provides dos_support distribution. The way these wine binaries works is very simple: Wine launch script has been modified to detect if the given .exe is Win32 or a DOS executable. If it is a DOS executable, it will set-up a dosbox configuration that will behave consistenly with wine:

  • mount drive_c as C: on dosbox
  • if a autoexec.bat file exists inside the prefix, it will run it
  • support of custom DOS configuration per prefix
  • ...

The script framework has also been modified so that you can tweak some dosbox settings directly from a script. Here is an exemple of "advanced" script + "/drive_c/The Elder Scroll 1: Arena/Arena106.exe"); // Arena106.exe is a w32 fine, wine will run

    .cpuCycles("max 95% limit 33000")
    .renderFrameSkip(1); + "/drive_c/The Elder Scroll 1: Arena/ARENA.BAT"); // ARENA.BAT is obviously a MS-DOS file, dosbox will run


GoG support

We've added a way to add a web browser view directly inside script wizards. Thanks to this feature, scripts can now authenticate to any website.

Phoenicis can automatically download and install GoG games from your account, as POLv4 used to do during the past years.


A complete demonstration video of support:

Also, we have made a script pattern for all GoG games: it has drastically simplified them from POLv4. The script are so much easier that we believe that they will be a lot more maintained.

POLv5 script POLv4 script
include(["engines", "wine", "quick_script", "gog_script"]);

var installerImplementation = {
    run: function () {
        new GogScript()
            .author("Quentin PÂRIS")
[ -z "$PLAYONLINUX" ] && exit 0
source "$PLAYONLINUX/lib/sources"
TITLE=" - Teenagent"
POL_GetSetupImages "$PREFIX/top.jpg" "$PREFIX/left.jpg" "$TITLE"
POL_SetupWindow_SetID 1214
POL_SetupWindow_presentation "$TITLE" "Metropolis Software" "$GOGID" "Pierre Etchemaite" "$PREFIX"
POL_Call POL_GoG_setup "$GOGID" "e5e3a8cd9bbbcec5a956d1f41281b4af"
POL_Wine_SelectPrefix "$PREFIX"
POL_Call POL_GoG_install
POL_SetupWindow_VMS "1"
cat <<_EOFCFG_ > "$WINEPREFIX/drive_c/GOG Games/Teenagent/teenagent.polcfg"
description=Teen Agent (DOS/English)
guioptions=sndNoSpeech lang_English
POL_Shortcut "teenagent.polcfg" "$SHORTCUT_NAME" "$SHORTCUT_NAME.png" "" "Game;AdventureGame;"
exit 0


We are planning to add tons of GoG games in the library so stay tuned!

Installation of verbs directly inside a container

You can now install verbs directly from a wine container.

Standalone packages

  • We are now providing standalone packages that can work on any distribution without the need to install JDK runtime. These packages also remove all the feature that we don't need from the JDK. In the future, there will be probably two sorts of packages, but we want to make things easier for you for now.
  • We now provide macOS packages
  • We also support flatpak



I'd like to thank once again all the developers that helped us during the past weeks, plata, madoar, and also all those of you that contributed by reporting bugs, suggesting improvements, or tested phoenicis-winebuild.

Our next goals is to focus on prefix management (change of wine version inside a prefix, add debugging tools, etc...) and performance optimization.

If you have any suggestion or encounter any bug, we encourage you to come in our Github page: This version is still at alpha-stage, so please be indulgent.

I also take the opportunity of this news to also announce you that PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac 4.3.4 has been released. They have been updated to support the new winebuild system, and the different windows of the application have been made resizable. It should fix the HDPI issues some of you were encoutering. We continue to maintain these versions until you are 100% satisfied with POLv5

Download packages:


Stay tuned, the best is yet to come!


Winebuild update

Tuesday 27 November 2018 at 0:16

Hi everyone,

Just a short news to announce that we have updated our wine build environement. If you are experiencing issues with our current wine builds (freetype problems, windows too small, ...), this piece of information may interest you.

Pursuing the work concerning the decentralization of our services, we have released a tool than can compile any version of wine directly on your computer or on your server:

What are the advantage of this new tool?

So what do I have to do if I have problems with the old builds?

Because they are compiled with more up-to-date dependencies, we are expecting the new builds to work better on recent distributions. This should fix most of the problems that you have reported to us recently.

However, we are rebuilding the old packages one by one and it takes time. We advise you to follow the build status here to ensure that the versions you are using are rebuilt: Then, uninstall your current wine versions from POL and reinstalling them should fix the problem you are encoutering.

As you may have noticed, POL / POM 4 have already been updated to use this new format. If you are using 4.3+, you are good to go smiley


  • We plan to mirror all the builds in / near the United States
  • We will probably provide a web interface so that you can request for custom builds with custom patches. This web interface shall be open source so that you can host it where you want.


Release of PlayOnLinux 5.0 alpha 1

Sunday 23 September 2018 at 21:48

Hi everybody,

I'm aware that it has been a while since the last time we gave news to you. Be reassured, the project is moving on and here we are to give you some news.

Today, I am very proud to announce that we have managed to release the alpha version of PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac 5 (aka Phoenicis). I would like to give my special thanks to those who have continued the work I started few years ago: @plata and @madoar, and many others.

You can download the binaries here:

So, what's new?

In one word: everything. First, the interface has been completely redesigned:

Phoenicis is a completely rewritten piece of software that aims to bring you all the features of PlayOnLinux 3 and 4 (a.k.a Arietis) with new principles:

  • The platform is decentralized, meaning that the program will continue working if our website encounters problems. We have chosen to store the scripts on a git repository ( so that it becomes more respectful of open source principles.
  • The script engine is an important ingredient that made PlayOnLinux so successful in the past. This is why we want to improve it. We need it to be more accessible to everyone. For that matter, it has been completely redesigned. We decided to get rid of bash in favor of Javascript.

This alpha version respects theses principles and supports about 135 games and many other apps. You can see the whole list here:

Get involved

We need to go further and find a way to gather your feedback. This is the reason why we are releasing an alpha-test version of Phoencis.

What's next?

The project is far from being finished. Our next steps are to develop a strong Wine build platform using modern virtualization and/or containerization solutions. Then, we will make a new website (hosted at: so that we can continue giving you the best support we can.

Feel free to send feedbacks and see you soon

Some news for your scripts

Thursday 8 February 2018 at 5:30

Hi everyone,

In these early 2018, a new feature is available for all scriptwriters that should make user experience more enoyable. Until today, the settings for the wine virtual desktop was hard coded in the script. Two users have therefore proposed a new script allowing scriptwriters to ask the user for these settings.

This script is currently in testing to ensure that it works properly but will be validated soon. We invite scriptwriters to replace Set_Desktop by a call to the new script like that :

POL_Call POL_Function_SetResolution

Thanks to lahtis and LinuxScripter ^^


In addition, some of you may have experienced problems with the Microsoft font installation. The script has been updated and the problem should be fixed. If you've used it recently and have problems with the fonts, you can try to reinstall them via the configuration menu ;)



Merry Christmas!

Sunday 25 December 2016 at 23:15

Hi everyone!

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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We are aware that we did not give a lot of news this year and we are verry sorry for that. However, we are coming in 2017 with a lot of new stuff.

We are proud to annouce that we have a first working version of PlayOnLinux 5 with a strong architecture.  You'll hear about this very soon. To keep you patienting, here is a small video:


PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac 4.2.10 are released

Sunday 3 January 2016 at 16:14


PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac 4.2.10 are now released. Here is the changelog:

  • Wine 1.8 staging is now the default wine version on OSX. The build process has been improved thanks to wine-staging team so that the compiler supports ms_hook_prologue, allowing function hotpatching. This should improve the compatibility of some applications like Steam.
  • Some wine staging instructions have been added so that they are fully supported by the scripts.
  • The wineprefix tab in the configuration panel has been improved.


PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac 4.2.8 now available!

Wednesday 13 May 2015 at 17:28

Development has been picking up steam lately, and as such, we are proud to release PlayOnLinux & PlayOnMac 4.2.8. You can download it here:

Here is the changelog for this release:

  • Feature freeze has been declared for POL 4.x, so this changelog should contain only bug fixes
  • checkVersionUse(): don't assume cfg files have any order
  • manual installation: component installation bugfix ($IFS not restored correctly)
  • POL_OpenShell: call POL_Wine_AutoSetVersionEnv in all cases, to set $PATH (#5062)
  • Fix consecutive shortcut creations
  • POL_Wine_SetVideoDriver bugfix, device IDs were not inserted as DWORDs


PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac 4.2.7

Monday 20 April 2015 at 22:37

Hi all, we are proud to announce the 4.2.7 release of PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac!

Among the visible changes, first a regression fix: "Install non-listed applications" should now be visible all the time, even while the list of install scripts is being updated:

During installations, a small (i) information icon was already showing up at the bottom of the wizard window for scripts that use POL_SetupWindow_SetID; Clicking on it would lead users to the script page on the web site. For scripts that support the embedded debugger (scripts that use POL_Debug_Init), there will now also be a second icon next to it to open the debugger window to show the installation log:

PlayOnLinux would display important informations at the beginning of the first installation, but not show them again so you don't have to click thru them with each installation. It will now display those informations until you click "Don't remember me" (after actually reading the messages of course!). This feature is also available for your own install scripts, as the new statement POL_SetupWindow_notice:

The Wine versions manager display has been changed to display a small lock (and bold text) for versions currently in use by some virtual drives, so you can more easily remove the versions that are no longer used:

Beside that, this version also contains its share of bugfixes and code cleanups, so here's the full changelog:

* Detect and abort scripts when trying to run 64bit programs with 32bit Wine
* POL_DetectVideoCards: list VGA compatible controllers and 3D controllers (#5012)
* Add support for several other value types than REG_SZ to registry
  updating statements (#5013)
* POL_Wine_SelectPrefix: abort if no prefix name is provided
* Sort install scripts lists case insensitively (iTunes)
* Fix "hash-bang" line in shortcuts so they're actually executable
* Deprecate the usage of $REPERTOIRE in PlayOnLinux own code
* Translate remaining french comments and identifiers in Bash code
* Improve POL_Wine_PrefixDelete to remove ancillary resources (shortcuts, icons,...)
* Wine versions manager: attributes tell apart used versions instead of
  unused versions; Add an extra warning when about to remove a version in use
* Avoid Python detection loops
* Display wx version found
* Fix Settings > Internet menu (#4989, thanks to rupert)
* Workaround for Wine bug #37575 (#5023)
* Improve find_binary function and make it public as POL_System_find_file
* Add support for .lnk, .bat and .cmd files to POL_Shortcut and POL_SetupWindow_shortcut_creator
* Added an icon to open the debugger from the installation wizard when
  POL_Debug_Init has been called (#4948)
* Implement POL_SetupWindow_notice to display important messages, but
  allow the user to acknowledge them once and for all ("Don't remind me") (#2036)
* POL_OpenShell (Configure > Misc > Open a shell) bug fixes
* Add a warning when OpenGL autotests are missing (user support)
* Make sure "Install non-listed application" link is always visible in
  install window
* POL_SetupWindow_cdrom: don't suggest "*" when no CDROM has been found
* Remove use of remaining os.system() calls (less overhead, less quoting nightmare)
* Use os.kill() instead of shell command
* Use of "exec" to avoid some useless extra Bash processes
* polconfigurator interface cleanup (no risk of translation breakage)