itunes logoiTunes is a media player that is available only for Windows and Mac OS X but also can be run in Linux with Wine. Certainly we’re interested in latter operating system :) . The following manual shows how to get iTunes 7.2 running in Linux with wine 0.9.45.

To install latest version of wine download corresponding binary package for you Linux distribution from here. Packages for Ubuntu Feisty are available here.

  1. Install deb package:
    sudo dpkg -i wine_0.9.45~winehq0~ubuntu~7.04-1_i386.deb
  2. Configure by running winecfg command in terminal:
    • In Applications tab, choose Windows XP option.
    • In Drivers tab, click Autodetect button.
    • In Audio tab, check ALSA Driver and uncheck OSS Driver.

    Then click OK button.

After wine is installed we should get latest iTunes from here and get it installed.

  1. Run in terminal:
    wine iTunesSetup.exe
  2. Install iTunes as you do it in Windows or Mac OS X
  3. Run it with command:
    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe

itunes in linux

Screenshot is taken from here.

Update: recently I came across really comprehensive post about how to run iTunes in Ubuntu/Linux. The author tells there about all known approaches to gain access to iTunes under Ubuntu/Linux. The post can be found here.

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  1. February 17, 2009  4:55 am by W1Z4RD Reply

    To run an ipod on Ubuntu 8.10 you dont need iTunes. Just use Rithym (or how ever you spell it) box music player and it will all work fine u can add songs and do everything like iTunes and just using limewire to download all your songs.



  2. February 21, 2009  4:34 pm by Shubham Reply


  3. March 11, 2009  10:05 pm by Gertru Velasquez Reply

    How to install itunes in my competer who has linux

  4. April 7, 2009  5:12 pm by Strings Reply

    Ok... I got iTunes installed, and it'll run and play (and will hit the store). But it will NOT import music from disk. Suggestions?

  5. April 9, 2009  7:18 pm by stuart Reply

    Anyone got any ideas about operating ipod touch on linux

  6. April 10, 2009  4:04 pm by Joe Reply

    Hi friends, when iTunes starts to install it says:

    iTunes Installer Completed

    The installer encountered errors before iTunes could be


    Your system has not been modified. To retry these

    operations at a later time, please run the installer again.

    So I have but the same error message as well as it doesn't create the folder

    iTunes in c:Program filesiTunes

    Any help?? I've just started with Linux, Ubuntu and love it! but I need some help.


  7. May 20, 2009  2:32 am by Eddie Reply

    I installed wine and changed the settings as you suggested in your tutorial. Then I downloaded iTunes 8.1 to my desktop and it didn't install when I typed in the command --- wine iTunesSetup.exe.

    I got the error message: wine: could not load L"C:\\windows\\system32\\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not found

    Then I tried iTunes 7.2 and got the same results with Terminal when I typed in the command --- wine iTunesSetup72.exe

    I have Ubuntu ver. 9.04 Obviously, I'm new to Linux so I'm reaching out for a helping hand.

  8. July 4, 2009  6:45 pm by Luis Puente Reply

    The iTunes.exe file is not found on the Program Files directory. Any ideas? I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty J.

    All else went fine.


  9. July 17, 2009  5:44 am by vistahater Reply

    I follow everything i got itunes and quicktime to download but i can only find quicktimes program. What did i do wrong?

  10. August 3, 2009  10:14 pm by MadsInZurich Reply


    Ubuntu 8.04 - Hardy

    kern 2.6.24-24

    Gnome 2.22.3

    Wine is installing fine, and the configuration seems to work as well.

    When I run the command

    it is running through the windows install of iTunes, but it is failing in the end with this message:

    err:msi:ITERATE_StartService Failed to start service L"Bonjour Service"

    err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"InstallFinalize" returned 1627

    err:msi:custom_get_thread_return Invalid Return Code 1627

    err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"InstallPackages" returned 1603

    fixme:shell:DllCanUnloadNow stub

    Afterwards when I try to start it, it is giving me:

    ~$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe

    wine: cannot find '/home/mads/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe'

    and indeed the directory under ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/ is not there.

    ("~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/QuickTime" and other dirs ARE there!)

    What am I doing wrong??


  11. August 6, 2009  5:28 pm by edd Reply

    Does it work for sync ipod video??? thanks

  12. August 24, 2009  8:01 am by mash96 Reply

    does it allow iphone 3.0 syncing

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  14. September 8, 2009  7:33 am by bree callanan Reply

    run itunes in windows Virtually and use a bridged connection.... my iphone remote works

  15. December 14, 2009  5:31 am by X10 Home Automation Reply

    You wouldn't believe it but I have wasted all day scrounging for some info about this. Thanks for this, it was a wonderful read and really helped me out. Thanks again,X10 Home Automation

  16. December 14, 2009  8:41 am by Robert Reply

    its not working

  17. December 19, 2009  4:39 pm by robert Reply

    Ive tried everything this doesn't work.

  18. January 2, 2010  12:56 pm by ChipmunksFan Reply

    I have NO clue what i'm doing but everytime i try to download wine 0.9.45 it says "Error: Dependency is not satisfiable libldap2(>=2.1.17-1)
    What the heck does this mean? and how do i download the right one so i can run iTunes?

  19. January 4, 2010  6:40 am by Stephanie Reply

    When I got to the last bit, I couldn't get it to work. I entered "wine iTunesSetup.exe" in the terminal, and "wine: Module not found" was the response. What can I do to fix this?

  20. January 22, 2010  4:16 pm by Kieren Reply

    I tried Rhythmbox before and it worked fine for my wife's iPod shuffle, but after I tried it with my iPod 8GB Nano all my songs, podcasts and videos were inaccessible. It knew they were there, but I think the encryption by Apple meant my iPod couldn't read them. So I've been trying the instructions here and I'm getting the same problem as Eddie and Stephanie with the Module Not Found error message! Help - I'm suffering iPod withdrawal symptoms!

  21. February 4, 2010  10:07 pm by haley Reply

    what is a terminal? haha sorry i'm new to linux!

  22. February 28, 2010  10:41 pm by Lonnie Reply

    I got up to the point of running iTunes.exe but it tells me

    "bash: c/Documents/iTunesSetup.exe: No such file or directory"

    I am in Term in the directory of the .exe, I think my problem is not knowing how to properly run the file... just type iTunesSetup.exe or do I need to c/Documents/iTunesSetup.exe or what?

  23. March 8, 2010  8:30 pm by etr Reply


  24. March 19, 2010  1:09 am by henry Reply

    I got wine installed but can't get Itunes keep getting this message wine: could not load L"C:\windows\system32\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not fou Any suggestions? If so keep them simple I don't get this ubuntu stuff

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