Ableton Live, Linux, and Wine

Well, a title doesn’t get much more concise then that I guess. For anyone ever interested in running ableton live in a linux platform of their choice via wine, it has been disheartening to say the least. Mainly due to a direct draw issue thats been around for a while. Well a couple days ago the issue was resolved with wine 1.1.3 and ableton is now very usable! I installed Ableton Live 6 on my laptop after getting wind of the possible fix, started the app and immediately noticed it was copying files to the library! Normally ableton dumps the dialog here, doesn’t copy anything, and presents you with an empty “this is an evaluation” blah blah blah empty dialog where i have to click an invisible button. Well long story short, its working and working very well.

There are a couple of issues ive noted thus far that i need to open bugs for or find bugs already opened for. One, when i arm a track for recording in live, it prompts me with an error message saying it can’t open such and such a file for writing. Also while working with a simple project of dragging in some songs and doing some loops everything went fine, with a more complex project of dragging in loops, samples, and other fun stuff and throwing in some midi sequences and effects and more fun stuff, well.. everything went great! and then i saved it, and then later i went to open it and it couldn’t find a file related to the project, but it was looking somewhere i wouldn’t normally expect ableton to look (i dont think..). If i recall correctly, im pretty sure ableton live records loops and junk into a folder of the name of the project, but instead it was looking for a file from my ~/Samples/Recorded/ folder. I dunno maybe thats right, but that folder is empty and the file its asking for i cannot slocate on my hard drive so i dunno ..

Once these quirky file issues go aside and i can save complex projects without any hitches, id probably give it a platinum status b/c it runs damn smooth.

Edit: Just to note, im using Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 and the repo’s from



  1. Good new everyone!


  2. Andrew Zimmerman says:

    Yeh, I’d really like to get this working.
    Nice to see I’m not alone on this issue. The thread on the Ableton site pissed me off a bit. Calling linux users 1% of the web.

    Quite the opposite actually.

  3. this is great

    can’t wait to try it myself

    having a few issues with ubuntu studio 8.04

    should be worked out soon though


  4. so i can use ableton on linux GOODBYE windows **** you bill gates

  5. That’s good news. Whic version of ‘Live’ should a Linux user use though? As far as I can see there are only versions for mac and PC on the website. Or am I hetting ahead of myself. You were using the windows version under WINE weren’t you. Ahhh soo no actuall version spesificaly for Linux?

  6. ..just tried to install Live with Ubuntu 9.04 using WINE. It looks like it’s installed but i can’t start the program? It is Live 6.0.10. Is this the problem? do I need a later version of Live?

  7. scrubberfox says:

    init! up yours to the peeps on the Ableton forum saying Linux is wank! they’re the one’s who are….
    trying this out tonight will let you know!

    • dasacc22 says:

      yah, well recently i just decided to start working on my own mixin software. I haven’t updated with my latest changes b/c im going through a series of tech builds see what best suits some of the things i want to accomplish including sharing workspaces live over a network or the internet with other people, among other ideas. Now thatd be freaggin Live.

  8. Very stable with Wine 1.11.1 live 7.0.3…can drop .Ogg file but not mp3…did you have same problem?ubuntu ultimate 9.04

  9. Anyone struggling with this, be sure to check out this site:

    I’m on Linux Mint 8 (ubuntu), and running Live 8.1 using WINE. Getting Ableton to install and run was easy enough, it did that out of the box, and recognized my Oxygen8 to boot! However, low latency was achieved by using JACK with wineasio, and ALSA for MIDI. Read the comments in the link I provided, if you get stuck on something. Most things are covered.

    P.S.- I second the sentiment of a big EFF-YOU to all the rude, ignorant fools on the Ableton forums. Linux is legitimate as an end-user, desktop solution. Even moreso now that I’ve learned there is ASIO support. Next up, I might see how Photoshop runs! 😉

  10. I saw Ableton listed on the Wine app database as usable with Wine 1.1.44. I’ve successfully installed and run the Intro demo and will put in some more serious tests over the next week. I’m glad to have found your blog article here, it’s encouraging.

    Btw, I followed some of that old Ableton/Linux thread on the Ableton forums. It was about what I expected, much like the silliness from the worst of the Reaper fanboys.

    Thanks again, and I’ll drop a note re: my success/failure with this project.



  11. Really going to give this another go. I tried it over 1yr ago and no luck. I’ll try UbuntuStudio, 10.10 latest WINE and Ableton 8. I would really like to route everything to ardour and use Ableton for the fun side of things. I’ll keep you posted. Can’t wait to say good by to the hackintosh and the windows monsta.

  12. if you are having trouble with mp3s its probably because you haven’t installed mp3 on ubuntu yet. I forget the exact process but do a search for mp3s on Ubuntu its pretty straightforward. They dont put mp3 support on by default because its not open source, orsomething along those lines. Should work fine once you’ve done that!

  13. thank for for concise title, exactly what i was looking for xD

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