Running Database Workbench under Wine on Ubuntu 10

Updated May 2014

As we get more requests if Database Workbench works under Wine, we gave it a try, as complete Linux novices.

First things first...

The steps I've taken are the following, after installing Linux, obviously:

  1. Install Wine
  2. Download Database Workbench
  3. Copied Database Workbench to a folder "inside" Wine (not sure if this is required)
  4. Used the context menu on the installer and went to "Properties", switched to tab "Permissions" and checked the "allow executing file as a program" box
  5. Used the context menu and selected "Open with Wine Program Loader"
I've installed with the default options, including a desktop icon. This resulted in an icon and a .link file on my desktop, I deleted the .link file.

Starting Database Workbench

On my version of Wine (version 1.2.2), starting Database Workbench failed with a GDI+ error.

I went to the Wine Configuration dialog, selected tab "Libraries", selected "gdiplus" from the drop down box, clicked "Add", then "Edit" and selected "Native (Windows)" and clicked OK.

I then started Database Workbench again and it works! I registered a MySQL server, successfully browsed meta data and data.

Things that are missing?

There are some things that are missing though, I've found the following:

  1. The CHM Help seems to fail, although the Help-window is shown, the contents are missing, but documentation is available online.
  2. ODBC access fails, the Windows ODBC Control Panel Applet cannot be found.
  3. ADO connectivity isn't installed, so that fails as well.


Database Workbench is certainly usable under Linux, when using Wine.

More information about the features in Database Workbench can be found here.