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Version 2019 of Visual Studio, with a new, installable installer and immensely overworked GUI

Application Details:

Version: 2019 (16.x)
License: Free to use
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.11-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Installer and installing vs2019

What does not

While starting the vs2019 "Package management initialization failed." error shows up (similar to this) and that's it.


Tried to fix deleting privateregistry.bin and other workarounds from other MS forums.

What was not tested

Installing workloads for vs2019 and 64 bit prefix.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

To run the vs installer you need to install dotnet v4.5 with "winetricks dotnet45" and use 32 bit prefix.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 29 20205.11-stagingYes No YesGarbageEnderIce2 
ShowFedora 31 x86_64Apr 05 20205.0No Not installable NoGarbage????????? 
Showopensuse leap 15.1Dec 16 20195.0-rc1No Not installable NoGarbageRielynd Mira 

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
51761 Visual studio 2019 web installer silently exits after a few seconds NEW View
51762 Installing visual studio 2019 by manually extracting vs_installer.opc crashes wine UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


Make sure you operate on a clean WINEPREFIX (~/.wine)!

Prerequisite installation by using 'winetricks' script

Winetricks will take care of all needed installation prerequisites and work around some problems. Follow the instructions in the link to install it.

$ bash winetricks -q dotnet462

To work around some bugs you additionally need:

$ bash winetricks -q corefonts

Winbind component

Winbind component

Make sure you installed 'winbind' component with your distribution package manager.

This is needed for the -Zi option of the compiler, and other mechanisms that handle 'PDB' (Program Data Base) files.


$ aptitude install winbind


$ sudo dnf install samba-winbind*.x86_64 samba-winbind*.i686

/home/yourlogin/.wine is not owned by you / (Permission denied)

Never run wine as root (su, sudo)! Wine doesn't require to be run as root!

You will screw your WINEPREFIX and possibly other things up. If you have run Wine as root you need to:

$ sudo rm -rf ~/.wine

and then run winecfg to set Wine folder structure back up. If you used winetricks script as root you might also need to:

$ sudo rm -rf ~/.cache/winetricks/

Again: Just run wine as regular user and all should be fine.