I'm using wine (WineHQ) on a Ubuntu server to run a Windows program that pops up a window (just for status update, nothing clickable). In Wine, that is done by X11 forwarding.

I'd like to disable this window by not showing it when I ssh to the server. I tried to ssh without -Y so disabling the X forwarding, but wine throws an error:

01b5:err:user:load_desktop_driver failed to load L"C:\\windows\\system32\\winex11.drv"
01b5:err:winediag:nodrv_CreateWindow Application tried to create a window, but no driver could be loaded.
01b5:err:winediag:nodrv_CreateWindow The explorer process failed to start.

Is there a way I could trick the system and let it know I'm creating an X11 window, but actually not displaying it?

  • I later tried to se the env. variable DISPLAY to :0.0. When I ssh with -Y this value is :11.0, and empty without -Y. I think I bypassed the display but it also made the program run more slowly. I'll try what @filipe-brandenburger said.
    – frankliuao
    Commented Oct 17, 2018 at 15:40

1 Answer 1


You can use Xvfb, the virtual framebuffer X server, for this purpose.

This is an X server that emulates a dumb framebuffer in memory, so it does not require any display hardware or physical input devices.

Some Linux distributions (like Ubuntu) ship an xvfb-run wrapper, which will start an Xvfb server, set the DISPLAY appropriately to use it while running the passed command-line and finally tear down the Xvfb server once the command is finished.

On Ubuntu, you can install Xvfb and xvfb-run with:

$ sudo apt-get install xvfb

And then run your application with:

$ xvfb-run wine /path/to/wine/application

Which should work just fine on an ssh session without -Y for X11 forwarding.

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