IDM is the favourite download manager of most Windows users. But, after moving to Linux their favourite download manager goes away because it's not available for Ubuntu or any other distributions. But don't worry, here is a way to make IDM for Ubuntu through Wine.
Every software is programmed to work in a specific operating system and only that specific operating system can understand the instructions of that software. For example, in our case of IDM, it's only programmed to work on Windows. Linux OS does not recognise IDM at all. For Linux, IDM is just a piece of text contained in a package. But it does not mean that we can't run IDM or any other Windows software on Linux. There is an amazing project that we'll be discussing in this article to install IDM on Ubuntu or any other Linux distributions. So let's get started!
What Is Wine?
The project is called Wine. It stands for Wine Is Not An Emulator. Yes, the first letter is itself Wine. Well, Wine is one of the most active projects in open source world. The new release comes every week or two. It makes the Windows applications to run on Linux by converting the application instructions into what Linux understands.
Wine is easy to install, configure and use. Like any other application on Linux, you can run Windows application too. Each of Windows' applications is first transformed into Linux and then Linux system understands it and provides the output.
Wine Support Is Still Expanding
I have used many Windows applications on Linux and most of them worked just fine. There may be different hardware that Wine does not support so one may have problems running Windows applications on Linux if Wine does not support their hardware. So this was the easiest way that I can make somebody understand about Wine and its usage. Now let's see how we can install IDM on Linux. For the purpose of demonstration, I'm using Ubuntu because most of you would be using either Ubuntu or any derivative distro.
IDM For Ubuntu - How To Install IDM On Linux?
We'll need to first install Wine before we go ahead and download IDM. Don't worry it's easy to install. Just add the Wine repository, update local cache and install it.
Now open Ubuntu Software or Synaptic and search for Wine and install it. Now you're good to go! You should now able to install IDM or other Windows' software on your Ubuntu box.
Download IDM .exe file. You can download from Filehippo.
Now right click IDM .exe file and open it with Wine.
And It's all. Click finish and the installation is done.
Wine is the most active project in open source world. With the help of Wine, it's possible to install Windows applications in Linux. Thought some applications are still not supported or buggy so don't curse Wine for that. They're working hard for fixing the issues. But for now, enjoy your favourite download manager IDM in Ubuntu.