Bottles introduces a new way to handle Windows prefixes using environments, a combination of ready-to-use settings, libraries and dependencies.

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Installation

You can install Bottles with Flatpak or AUR (on Arch Linux).

flatpak install flathub com.usebottles.bottles

Usage

Create a Bottle

Windows applications run inside “Bottles” (isolated environments). Create a Bottle by clicking “Create a new Bottle” on main window.

Bottles main window

Add a name and select and environment type (Gaming, Application or Custom). Bottle creation will take a while.

Bottles create bottle window

Bottles creating bottle process

Run an application inside a Bottle

Click on the package icon next to Bottle name and select your EXE/MSI file. You can install the program as usual. Once installed, you can click on the Bottle to see all Bottle options.

Bottles run executable option

If Windows application installer has created a shortcut on Start Menu, it will appear on Bottle settings window. Click on Play button to run the application.

Bottles bottle window

If app does not appear on ‘Details & Utilities’ or ‘Programs’ tabs, you can use the integrated file explorer to look for the executable file (go to Details & Utilities -> Utilities -> Browse C:, click on the three dot menu and select ‘Open with explorer’).

Bottles file explorer option

Bottles file explorer

Utilities

In addition to the file explorer, Bottles include other utilities like a Task Manager, a command-line prompt or even a Registry Editor.

Bottles task manager

There are also more features like:

  • Versioning, to restore a Bottle to a previous state.
  • Installers, to install game installers like Steam.
  • A lot of settings under Preferences, to customize your environment.

Expose host directories (Flatpak)

If you are using Flatpak’s Bottles, you can share host folders with this command:

flatpak override --user --filesystem="path" com.usebottles.bottles
# e.g.: flatpak override --user --filesystem="/home/ricardo/Downloads/" com.usebottles.bottles

Then, you can access host folder using integrated file explorer (check the path in the following image, you need to close and reopen Bottles for the command to take effect):

Bottles shared folders

In order to disable this permission, just run this command:

flatpak override --user --nofilesystem="path" com.usebottles.bottles
# e.g.: flatpak override --user --nofilesystem="/home/ricardo/Downloads/" com.usebottles.bottles

Add desktop entries (Flatpak)

Since version 2022.02.28, you can create desktop entries for your Bottles applications. First, expose $HOME/.local/share/applications/ using flatpak:

flatpak override --user --filesystem="/home/ricardo/.local/share/applications/" com.usebottles.bottles

Then, open Bottles, go to your Bottle, right-click on the three-dot menu next to program executable and select ‘Add desktop entry’.

Bottles add desktop entry

Now, you can access your application from your system’s Applications Menu (it will not work if Bottles is running).