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Version 2.0.1. Requires WPF from .NET 3.5 SP1 

Application Details:

Version: 2.0.1
License: Free to use
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.9

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Test Results

Old test results
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Selected Test Results

What works

Signing-in with an Adobe account.

Reading ebooks.

Importing .acsm files (tested files from Play Books & Adobe).

What does not

Menu items and other interface elements are glitched: they are invisible until you drag your mouse cursor over it.


I add a lot of issues importing acsm files from Google Play Books. It would not download and give me various error messages.

What I did: install corefonts & dotnet35 via winetricks on a fresh 4.9 32-bit wine prefix sandboxed (all of that through Lutris).

What was not tested

Nothing that I can think of.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

A 32-bit prefix is required to be able to install dotnet35sp1. And I think the sandbox mode is required to import certain acsm files.

ADE would run on older Wine versions (without the sandboxing), but I couldn't import acsm files from the Play Store. From the few versions I tried, 4.9 is the one that allowed the program to launch without crashing in sandbox mode on a 32-bit prefix.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentArch Linux x86_64Jun 03 20194.9Yes Yes YesGoldSilejonu 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)May 07 20183.1Yes Yes YesGoldPat David 
ShowFreeBSD 11.0 x86_64Jun 08 20172.0.1Yes Yes GoldDwayne MacKinnon 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 29 20172.0.1Yes Yes GoldHezekiah Sudol 
ShowSabayon Linux (rolling release) amd64Feb 17 20172.0Yes Yes SilverDarryl Barlow 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
32323 Netflix (Silverlight 4.x) and several .NET Framework 3.x/4.0 WPF apps require either Arial or Verdana to be installed STAGED View

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HowTo / Notes

WPF needed

ADE 2.0 is a WPF-based application. WPF is not implemented in Mono. Probably, it will never be.

You may try running ADE using native .NET installation.

Please note that ADE 2.0 requires .NET platform 3.5 SP1, which is not yet fully functional in WINE.

Using an eReader with ADE
Also thanks to Kevin for the note on persistent drive mapping with winecgf.

Note: The writer of this how-to (lafon) is recreating the steps outlined by Lukasz with a KOBO eReader. However the steps should be the same for all similar devices.

Note: Do NOT open ADE until clearly outlined in this how-to!

1) Mount your device and make note of it's mount point (This needs to be remembered exactly). For me this was /media/KOBOeReader/

2) The next step is to unmount your eReader (This is because winecfg cannot seem to keep the changes applied if the device is mounted).

3) Next open winecfg and switch to the [Drives] tab.

4) On the [Drives] tab click the "Show Advanced" button.

Note: As outlined in the comment by Kevin, WINE does not seem to have persistent drive mapping while the device is mounted. Therefore you have 2 options. Either the messy way, which is to keep the winecfg window open while ADE runs, or unmount and create a persistent entry.

5) Click the "Add" button.

6) Choose a letter to map your device to (I used "O:" because that was the only letter available to me.)

7) In the "Path" box, type the mount point from step 1.

8) In the "Type" drop-down menu, choose "Floppy disk" as the option.

9) Click "OK".

10) Open ADE. If everything went correctly ADE should ask you to authorize your eReader with your Adobe account (if you authorized your computer anonymously you will be asked to authorize your computer too). To read eBooks on your device simply drag-and-drop books from your ADE library to the entry in the left pane of ADE that corresponds with your eReader.

11) Finally remember to safely dismount your device from your computer.

Good luck!


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Wine 4.13 and 4.14 fail to run ADE 2.0.1
by Marco on Tuesday August 27th 2019, 2:22
On Fedora 30 x86_64, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 2.0.1 worked well up to version 4.5 (included).
After upgrading Wine to version 4.13 and then to version 4.14, ADE stopped working (it does not start).

Here is a fragment of the output from Wine:

000b:fixme:winediag:start_process Wine Staging 4.14 is a testing version containing experimental patches.
000b:fixme:winediag:start_process Please mention your exact version when filing bug reports on
000d:fixme:wer:WerRegisterMemoryBlock (0x530aa498 6144) stub
000d:fixme:wer:WerRegisterMemoryBlock (0x530a4000 4) stub
000d:err:menubuilder:convert_to_native_icon error 0x88982F0C copying bitmaps
000d:err:menubuilder:convert_to_native_icon error 0x88982F04 committing encoder

I didn't find a workaround yet...
Slightly Modified Install Procedure
by Pat David on Monday May 7th 2018, 13:49
I followed the previously posted procedures but ran into a few problems.

OS: Ubuntu 18.04 (64-bit)
Wine: distro package (wine-3.0 (Ubuntu 3.0-1ubuntu1))
winetricks: 20180217

Install fresh new 32-bit prefix. (WINEPREFIX=~/.adewine/ WINEARCH=win32 wineboot)
winetricks -q windowscodecs
- Had to manually extract windowscodecs.dll and windowscodecsext.dll from the cache (~/.cache/winetricks/windowscodecs/wic_x86_enu.exe)
- Had to manully copy both dll's to my prefix directory (~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32/)

winetricks -q corefonts

Instead of using winetricks dotnet installer for .Net 3.5SP1, get the full-package installer from MS:

Install using this full package installer *offline* (disconnect from the internet). If it's not connected to the internet it will install fine.

After this, the install of the ADE 2.0.1 installer went smoothly, and it appears to work just fine!
All good once preraquisite are installed
by Vlad on Sunday January 5th 2014, 11:34
Works flawlessly on Opensuse13.1 x86_64 once it is successfully installed.

I followed Anastasius Focht step by step method. I will just add some changes/explanations

1) new 32-bit WINEPREFIX
2) install .NET 3.5 SP1 using 'winetricks -q dotnet35sp1' (make sure you checked .NET appdb entry for hints, e.g. latest winetricks script)
Vlad : for some reason winetricks will want to install every .NET version from 2.0 to 3.5sp1. Do not pay attention to supposed error messages stating that ".NET 2.0 cannot be uninstalled", same for .NET 3.0. Just click ok and let it go ahead. As stated in the terminal download asked packages (a brower page should open automatically) and put them in the mentionned folder.
I had to rename "XPSEP%20XP%20and%20Server%202003%2032%20bit.msi" to "XPSEP XP and Server 2003 32 bit.msi" to make step #2 working.

3) use 'winetricks -q windowscodecs' to work around bug 33384 (WPF)
4) use winecfg and set 'windowscodecsext' component to 'native' (just like 'windowscodecs')
Vlad : those were already configured to native for my case

Then I used Calibre to send the epub to my Sony Reader PRS-T2 and it worked perfectly !
RE: All good once preraquisite are installed
by Jakob Cornelis on Thursday December 14th 2017, 17:10
"Then I used Calibre to send the epub to my Sony Reader PRS-T2 and it worked perfectly !"
How do you do that?

Adobe Digital Editions 2.0
by Guy Stone on Thursday September 12th 2013, 18:31
Never did manage to get 2.0 working, even under WINE 1.71.

However, copies of ADE 1.7x are still floating around the net. One such location is BE CAREFUL if you use this link. It will attempt to shove some toolbars down your throat, but they're avoidable. You'll eventually get the previous version of ADE installed, which installs and runs just fine in WINE.
RE: Adobe Digital Editions 2.0
by Martin Lindhe on Sunday October 6th 2013, 14:38
Hey, this link is a very illegit link to a unofficial installer packed full with crap.

There are other clean versions of adobe digital editions 1.7.2 on the web that does install and run with wine
.NET 3.5 SP1 and WPF 3.x apps
by Anastasius Focht on Saturday May 4th 2013, 8:19

you need recent Wine.

1) new 32-bit WINEPREFIX
2) install .NET 3.5 SP1 using 'winetricks -q dotnet35sp1' (make sure you checked .NET appdb entry for hints, e.g. latest winetricks script)
3) use 'winetricks -q windowscodecs' to work around bug 33384 (WPF)
4) use winecfg and set 'windowscodecsext' component to 'native' (just like 'windowscodecs'

install & run the app

RE: .NET 3.5 SP1 and WPF 3.x apps
by Anastasius Focht on Saturday May 4th 2013, 9:16
Addendum: you also need 'winetricks corefonts'

Besides that it seems the app works fine.
I could browse the library and read sample book.
I didn't bother to play further, adding ebooks and the like...

RE: .NET 3.5 SP1 and WPF 3.x apps
by MehranNZ on Friday August 9th 2013, 19:14
i followed what you said and got this error:
wine DigitalEditions.exe
err:module:import_dll Library windowscodecs.dll (which is needed by L"C:\\windows\\system32\\winemenubuilder.exe") not found
err:module:LdrInitializeThunk Main exe initialization for L"C:\\windows\\system32\\winemenubuilder.exe" failed, status c0000135
The entry point method could not be loaded