Installing PIPP on Linux with Wine



I am still planning to produce a native version of PIPP for Linux, but as this is not likely to happen soon here are some notes on running PIPP on Linux with Wine.

These instructions were successfully tested (March 2018) on the following systems:
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Linux Mint 18.01
  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Arch Linux (Antergos)

Note that attempting to open raw colour files with PIPP under Wine causes PIPP to lock up when Wine fails to render a pop-up dialogue.  This can be worked around by enabling this option in PIPP before opening the file:
  • Input Options -> Colour Debayer -> Debayer Monochrome Frames

Setting up Wine and installing PIPP is done using the Linux terminal with the required commands being shown in the white boxes below.  The terminal should not be closed between any of the steps after step 2.

1) Install Wine and Winetricks on your system


$ sudo apt-get install wine winetricks

For Ubuntu 18.04 the required command is:
$ sudo apt-get install wine-stable winetricks


The commands above are for Debian based Linux, other Linux variants will require different commands.  Note that it is important to use a version of winetricks that matches the version of wine used.

2) Create a clean 32-bit Wineprefix (directory) for PIPP to be installed in


$ cd ~
$ rm -rf .wine-pipp
$ export WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-pipp/
$ export WINEARCH="win32"
$ wineboot


This will create a new Wineprefix (a directory), '.wine-pipp' in your home directory.

3) Use winetricks to install the .net4.0 framework in the Wineprefix


$ winetricks -q dotnet40


This step can take a few minutes to complete and should end with the message: "The operation completed successfully".

3) Install the 32-bit version of PIPP in the Wineprefix

Download the 32-bit version of PIPP and extract the .exe file from the .zip file to your home directory.  Install PIPP in the Wineprefix using the following command.  Note that the filename will change depending on the version of PIPP that you are installing.


$ wine pipp_install_x86_2.5.9.exe

PIPP's graphical installer should start.  Use the installer as usual but do not bother installing the Ut Video Codec for Windows.

Once the installer has completed an icon for PIPP should appear on your desktop.  This icon should be used to start PIPP.
It may not be very pretty running under Wine, but it is at least functional!


Updating PIPP on Linux with Wine



If PIPP has already been installed as described above, then updating it with a new version is simple.  Download the new version of PIPP and extract the .exe file from the .zip file to your home directory as before.  The terminal commands below will install the new version of PIPP over the old version in the Wineprefix.


$ export WINEPREFIX=~/.wine-pipp/
$ wine pipp_install_x86_2.5.9.exe


PIPP's graphical installer should start and should be used as usual.  Again, there is no point installing the Ut Video Codec for Windows.  Once the installer has completed then PIPP will have been updated to the new version.