Winamp on Macs

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Yes, this has been a long time coming as Winamp seems to have stalled in development for many years. However, even though it’s recently been picked up again I’ve found a solution that will keep (or start) your love of Winamp again if you are using a mac. #win!


Firstly, I must point out that using the built in WineBottler version of Winamp caused issues for me on El Capitan with a Wine error of “ntlm_auth cannot be opened because of a problem”.


So, for whatever reason unfortunately that wasn’t an option. Instead what I did was find a copy of Winamp 2.91 and downloaded it. I tried the most recent release of 5.666 redux and just just failed.

So, the secret to this working…

Download WineBottler from Mike’s site. Install it in to your Application Path. Make sure you grab and install the Wine app as well.

Then, run the WinAmp setup file.


After the normal setup process, you should then be able to run Winamp…

The exe file will probably be in /Users/{USERNAME}/Wine Files/drive_c/Program Files/Winamp/winamp.exe

Double Clicking on it should probably give the prompt above, and it should run. If not, I’m sure you can figure out how to make it work there… right click, Open With… etc


However, in this modern world, you’ll probably want to play .m4a files too (thanks iTunes). So, grab this file as well and run it using Wine.

Execute that install file and then you should be able to add the .m4a files.

You may find issues because of the stupid Mission Control program Apple has installed… but, to get the menu up (such as searching), you should be able to hit “Option-F3” or “Option-J” etc.


The skins are a bit quirky and I’m happy with the standard one. Give it a go on others and let me know how you go! 😀

Enjoy! 😀


2 thoughts on “Winamp on Macs

    Neville Hiatt (@NevilleHiatt) said:
    November 29, 2016 at 10:49 am

    winamp still exists wow I feel like I’ve time travelled just seeing this post.

      Stephen Monro responded:
      November 29, 2016 at 11:04 am

      It’s still one of the best music players out there

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