Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I know it is possible to run windows files on Mac using cider or Wine, I have CrossOver, but I am totally confused how to do it. What would be the simplest working way to run a windows .exe file on a Mac? This pertains to one that has no GUI, just function.

share|improve this question

migrated from Jul 24 '10 at 20:10

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

i think with no gui you mean command line based Application - so to run a .exe inside of a Terminal i would recommend to use mono (it's a c#/c++ crossplattform framework incl. Devtools to programm Windows Applications on Linux and Mac. And by the simple fact that a developer also needs to test the Application you can also use mono to just run a .exe – konqui Nov 7 '14 at 6:48

Running something like a command-line Windows application on a Mac is, unfortunately, not really possible. Even the most seamlessly integrated solutions (like CrossOver) just create a small Windows environment that the application runs in; you don't get access to things like the output stream or the file system of the application, and I don't think that it has much--if any--access to the host file system.

Beyond that, you'll have to be more specific as to what you're exactly trying to do; there may be options for a specific case, but there's no general solution.

share|improve this answer

If you use Parallels to run a Windows environment on your Mac, then this is scriptable via AppleScript and you can run WIndows programs from within Mac OS X via AppleScript. You can also generate the equivalent AppleScript commands from the command line (man osascript) or from an Objective-C program if you want to. For an example of how to do this see:

share|improve this answer

Install Wine on Mac OS X.

References: 01, 02, 03

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .