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. September 21, 2007  11:33 am by Cesare Reply


  2. September 27, 2007  1:53 am by RICARDO Reply

    el comando no es "vino" sino wine

  3. September 27, 2007  7:41 am by admin Reply

    Thanks for your comment, RICARDO! :)

  4. October 9, 2007  10:52 pm by ovidiu Reply

    hello, I get lots of errors and the install fails. would you mind having a look if I can send you the output from the terminal where I ran wine iTunes743Setup.exe from?

  5. November 7, 2007  3:21 pm by tivasyk Reply

    wow... itunes over linux? amarok rulez.

  6. November 7, 2007  3:46 pm by admin Reply

    Hi Tivasyk,

    amarok? exaile! ;)

  7. November 20, 2007  9:12 pm by Rob Reply

    The installation went fine for me, but when I run it, nothing happens. Any ideas?

  8. November 20, 2007  10:22 pm by admin Reply

    Hir Rob,

    I would recommend to run iTunes.exe with Wine from command line instead of via regular desktop launcher. Just copy launcher command and run it with your favorite terminal. It will help you to see what errors messages wine will report when trying to start iTunes.

  9. March 27, 2008  5:33 pm by leroi Reply

    Hello admin,

    I ran iTunes.exe with Wine from the terminal line like it was said and nothing happened after that. It just produced a long list of lines stating Register dump, Stack dump, and Backtrace. What else there is to do after that?

  10. April 8, 2008  11:38 pm by Ticus Reply

    nice... but does it work like windows or mac? I mean can you transfer music and videos?

  11. April 17, 2008  8:47 pm by Christopher Reply

    Yeah, this'd probably work except that all the latest versions of iTunes install auto-update regardless of whether you check the box or not, and my ubuntu hangs at registering for the automation server. Damn their eyes. =1 When do you think they're gonna get around to supporting their hardware (iPods) on Ubuntu and other linux distros by compiling a working version? Probably never, since they'd have to release some of the source code for that to happen... Bastids.

  12. April 17, 2008  10:00 pm by Ticus Reply

    It dosn't work with my Ipod classic, some body told me that it works on earlier Ipods

  13. May 16, 2008  5:46 am by skino Reply

    GUys while I was trying to install iTune I got this

    err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

    Whotta hell is this?????

    Thank you

  14. June 23, 2008  9:24 am by trgz Reply

    got a whole load of errors including:

    wine: could not load L"C:\windows\system32\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not found

    paul@paul-desktop:~$ err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

    preloader: Warning: failed to reserve range 00000000-60000000

    err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

    preloader: Warning: failed to reserve range 00000000-60000000

    err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

  15. July 11, 2008  4:43 pm by Thiago Reply

    It worked fine with me.

    I'm running Fedora 9 and using wine 1.0-1.fc9 and itunes 7.7. The installation went well, I could even access the itunes store. I haven't tried to sync my ipod yet, but so far...

    Thanks admin

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  17. August 1, 2008  12:35 am by Bp Reply

    I can't get my ipod to show up in itunes. It only shows on the desk top. Rhythmbox does open and play music from it. Is there a way to get the ipod to show up in itunes?


  18. August 25, 2008  10:23 pm by Nikolaus Reply

    Well I just tried your instructions, using Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10a4) and wine_1.1.3~winehq0~ubuntu~8.04-0ubuntu1_i386.deb and it worked!! Thank you very much.

  19. December 12, 2008  9:01 pm by Alex Reply

    Thank you you are a great Maestro. Thank you

  20. December 29, 2008  7:07 pm by mega man Reply

    if you cant get your ipod to show go to sympathetic package manager and download gtkpod

  21. January 31, 2009  7:46 pm by Doug1as Reply

    Hey guys, I just started using linux and I have fedora 10

    im not quiet sure how you do step :

    sudo dpkg -i wine_0.9.45~winehq0~ubuntu~7.04-1_i386.deb

    like do I input it some where or?

  22. February 12, 2009  11:52 pm by christian Reply

    cool thank you

  23. February 12, 2009  11:57 pm by christian Reply

    this is the best thanks

  24. 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.



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


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

    How to install itunes in my competer who has linux

  27. 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?

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

    Anyone got any ideas about operating ipod touch on linux

  29. 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.


  30. 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.

  31. 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.


  32. 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?

  33. 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??


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

    Does it work for sync ipod video??? thanks

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

    does it allow iphone 3.0 syncing

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

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

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

    its not working

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

    Ive tried everything this doesn't work.

  40. 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?

  41. 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?

  42. 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!

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

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

  44. 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?

  45. March 6, 2010  9:05 pm by marco Reply


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


  47. 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

  48. March 21, 2010  3:31 pm by Lisa Reply

    ive managed to configure wine but every time i type in the terminal wine iTunesSetup .exe it always comes up with wine: could not load L"C:\windows\system32\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not found

    any help???

    • May 5, 2012  4:42 am by gewiwe Reply

      You should find where the file was saved to, such as "/home/username/Downloads" .
      - Once found, in Terminal, type "CD /home/username/Downloads".
      - Once you are in the same folder as the "iTunesSetup.exe" file, you can type the "wine iTunesSetup.exe" command, to begin the installation.
      There is no reason to move the install file...

  49. May 8, 2010  11:01 am by Rafa Reply

    It's because the install file of iTunes is not in the folder C:Windowssystem32. You can copy the downloaded file and paste it in that folder and you will have no more problems.

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  58. January 21, 2012  3:30 pm by Martin Aked Reply

    When installing Itunes, it is easier to type 'wine' into Terminal, opening up your download folder where ItunesSetup.exe is located, then dragging it into Terminal.
    This will print the full location into the Terminal after the word 'wine'.
    press ENTER, and it will start the installation.

    Thank you for this assistance, I now have everything I need on my netbook!

  59. January 27, 2012  3:38 am by breezy Reply

    im new. what is a terminal,where is it,how do i type on it

  60. January 27, 2012  3:40 am by breezy Reply

    now how do i get an answer on here

  61. January 31, 2012  4:34 pm by GeNeRaLs JeDDaH Reply

    thanks .. brother .. for you treads ..but i have some problem when i run the iTunes please fixed .. or give me the solution about what to do

    the error image

  62. February 24, 2012  7:55 am by abhishek sagar Reply

    I ve used wine, and it is not at all suitable software to use, It never works as intended.

  63. March 7, 2012  8:26 pm by violin Reply

    Wonderful post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thanks!

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