I am running a 64-bit Linux (Devuan) and want to create separate VM's to contain Wine as 64-bit and 32-bit respectively, as well as the needed development(coding/IDE/debug) tools for each.

My options:

  1. LXC; can this be done using LXC, and if so where can I find guides to do it? (Googling delivers a mess of at times contradictory info)
  2. Qemu/KVM: where can I find guides to do it? will this be optimal for resource usage?
  3. Virtualbox - do-able but not ideal (space/duplications/optimal?/..)
  4. ?

Which option should I use, and where will I find the needed info to implement the option? (the jackpot would of course be a noddy-guide :)

  • This sounds a bit oversized. Did you consider using WINEPREFIX instead? WINEPREFIX is the tool of choice to separate 32 and 64 bit wine installations.
    – JPT
    Nov 19, 2019 at 17:15

2 Answers 2


Just use WINEPREFIX to separate your installations. Everytime you start any wine program, do it like this for 32 bit:

WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32 wine <your program>

and like this for 64 bit:

WINEPREFIX=~/.wine64 wine <your program>

That should be everything you need.

You may set these env vars globally using:

export WINEPREFIX=~/.wine32
export WINEARCH=win32
  • need vm's since the tools i'm developing has the potential to mess things up & i need to protect my base os against that - thx anyway for the suggestion
    – slashmais
    Nov 20, 2019 at 1:30
  • if your tools are windows tools that run in wine then they don't have the permission to mess with the system. They are contained in the Wine-Prefix.
    – JPT
    Nov 20, 2019 at 9:17

On Debian, Ubuntu, and Mint Linux, or Windows you can use "virtualbox"

Install virtualbox (Linux)

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install virtualbox

Next install the 32 and 64 bit Debian or Windows VMs - as needed

If you use docker engine - do not overlook DockerHub images:

  • i may end-up going the virtualbox route, would however prefer a 'pure' linux solution: lxc, qemu/kvm ...
    – slashmais
    Nov 20, 2019 at 1:34

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