MusicBee 3 is a redesign of the user interface.

Application Details:

Version: 3.x
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.0

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Test Results

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What works

  • switching through playlists, even though load times seem to be a bit longer
  • smooth scrolling
  • cover art is displayed properly
  • Tag editing
  • reading/writing database
  • almost no graphical glitches
  • installs without problems
  • running the portable Windows installation from its "original" directory

What does not

Playback was not possible in my attempt! I could press the Play button and it changed to the Pause symbol, however, the progress indicator doesn't move and music won't play (tested with FLAC, MP3 and AAC)!


In order to run MusicBee, I had to do the following:

Step 1: Do a clean install, remove old wine setup and install a 32-bit environment. ATTENTION: THIS WILL REMOVE ALL OF YOUR EXISTING CONFIGURATION IN WINE'S DEFAULT DIRECTORY (~/.wine)!

rm -r -f ~/.wine<br>WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine wine wineboot<br>

Step 2: Install windowscodecs through winetricks:

winetricks windowscodecs
winetricks windowscodecs

This will probably fail to install but is needed to register the windowscodecs. You'll have to manually extract the windowscodecs.dll from the installer file that's found in ~/.cache/winetricks/windowscodecs and copy it to ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/system32

Step 3: Install remaining dependencies. I only needed to install dotnet45 and gdiplus to make MusicBee run and look good without graphic glitches, but those were mentioned dependencies in older successful tests.

winetricks dotnet45 mfc42 xmllite gdiplus d3dx9 vcrun2008 wmp10

You'll have to set your environment to Windows 7 or higher, else MusicBee will refuse to start. You can do this by opening winecfg and change the system to your preferred version of Windows.

What was not tested

Everything that needs songs playing like fading and gapless playing.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint 19.1 TessaFeb 21 20194.0Yes Yes YesBronzeKiraTM 
ShowUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Apr 01 20183.0Yes Yes YesGoldEonfge 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64Dec 24 20172.22Yes Yes YesSilverTom Jansen 
ShowUbuntu 15.10 "Wily" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 18 20161.9.19Yes Yes GoldAndy Lim 
ShowUbuntu 15.10 "Wily" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 18 20161.9.19Yes Yes GoldAndy Lim 

Known Bugs

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Things that were not tested
by KiraTM on Thursday October 21st 2021, 11:41
Hey, just to give some additional info. I'm still using the installation of MusicBee I set up here a few years ago:
I switched to the WINE 6 in the meantime and kept MusicBee up-to-date.

- Encoding music is working without issues (I mostly convert flac to mp3).
- Syncing to devices does not work (through MTP) - I played around this topic for several weeks and ended up syncing through Windows whenever I boot up the OS
-- however, you can sync to a folder ("virtual device") and rsync this directory to your phone

The most recent version 3.4.7805 is working for me. As mentioned, I set up the software a few years ago and just updated the program through the installer from the forum. :)