Codeweavers Crssover has a bottle for AdiIRC which installs all the necessary dependencies for .NET 4.5, seems to work pretty good on both macOS and Linux.


Installing AdiIRC in Wine on 64 bit Ubuntu/Debian and macOS.

Wine is a Windows compatibility layer which allows you to run many Windows programs on Linux/macOS.

Winetricks is a script to help you install various Windows components and programs.

AdiIRC does NOT work in mono.

It should work on other Linux distributions as well, as long as a recent Wine version is installed.

Install Wine

On Ubuntu/Debian Type:

apt-get install wine cabextract

If the wine version in your Ubuntu/Debian repository is old, you can get the latest version from

On macOS type:

# If homebrew is not installed, type
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL" 

# Then install Wine through homebrew
brew install wine

Create a 32 bit Wine prefix

Wine does not work well with running 64 bit .NET applications, so you must create a 32 bit wine folder.


WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 winecfg

Download Winetricks


chmod +x winetricks

Install .NET using Winetricks

If you downloaded the 32 bit .NET 4.5 version of AdiIRC, type:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 ./winetricks dotnet45

If you downloaded the 32 bit .NET 2.0 version of AdiIRC, type:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 ./winetricks dotnet20

Run AdiIRC with Wine

After .NET is installed, you should be able to run AdiIRC by typing:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 wine AdiIRC.exe

Wine themes

It's possible to skin Wine/Windows programs to look more native in a Linux environment, check for examples.

Headless wine

There has been some success running Wine headless using xvfb through screen.

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 screen xvfb-run wine AdiIRC.exe

Glitched text selection

If you have glitches when selecting text in the text area, try changing the message font to another font, preferably a monospaced font.

Updated by Per Amundsen 10 months ago · 33 revisions

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