How To Run Photoshop On Linux

It may appear challenging to run Adobe Photoshop on Linux, but by utilizing specific tools and methods, it is completely achievable. This blog post will walk you through the necessary steps to successfully run Photoshop on your Linux operating system.


Before getting started, ensure you have the following:

  1. A working Linux Distribution
  2. An Adobe Photoshop installation package
  3. A copy of Wine and PlayOnLinux installed on your system

1. Installing Wine and PlayOnLinux

Wine is a free and open-source compatibility layer that allows application designed for Windows to run on Unix-like operating systems. PlayOnLinux is a graphical frontend for Wine.

To install Wine and PlayOnLinux, you can use the package manager of your Linux distribution. For Ubuntu, you can use the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install wine playonlinux

2. Setting Up PlayOnLinux

After the installation of PlayOnLinux, open it and click on “Install“. In the search bar, type “Adobe Photoshop” and then select the correct version that you want to install. Click “Install” again to start the installation process.

3. Installing Adobe Photoshop

The aforementioned step will guide you through the installation of Adobe Photoshop. You will need to specify the setup .exe file for the Photoshop version you want to install.

Follow the installation wizard instructions. Remember, during the installation, it’s essential to install Adobe Photoshop in a separate virtual drive, not the default Wine prefix.

4. Running Adobe Photoshop

Once the installation is complete, you will see the Adobe Photoshop icon under the PlayOnLinux application. You can click on it to start Adobe Photoshop. Congratulations, you have successfully installed and run Adobe Photoshop on your Linux system!


Running Adobe Photoshop on Linux is not straightforward, but with the help of PlayOnLinux and Wine, it becomes feasible. It’s important to note that since Adobe does not officially support Linux, some features may not work as expected. Therefore, it’s always recommended to use native Linux alternatives like GIMP whenever possible.