How to run Windows applications on MacOS

I’ve regularly some little Windows applications that I need to run on MacOS. Normally, I’d use a virtual machine, but there are some utilities where I’d really like to have them more immediately. Here is how I do it.

For any of the following steps, if you’ve done that in the past, you can probably skip it.

First, I need to install homebrew.

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

With brew, I can then install some useful utilities like Wine – the Windows Emulator:

brew install wine

and, also, I’d like to receive notifications for Growl:

brew cask install growlnotify

Then, I start Automator and create the following script:

for f in "[email protected]"
  /usr/local/bin/growlnotify -m "Starting... $f"
  /usr/local/bin/wine "$f"

If you don’t want to use Growl, you can also just remove the line with growlnotify.

I then save the script as Application (so, for example, “”). Make sure to select the “as arguments” option on the right side.

Finally, I can chose, for some .exe that I want to run, that application as starter:


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