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Installing Balsamiq Wireframes on Linux


While our web-based apps like Balsamiq Cloud and Balsamiq Wireframes for Google Drive work with Linux "out of the box", it is possible to install the Windows version of Balsamiq Wireframes for Desktop on most Linux distros by using Lutris.

Prerequisites

There are a couple of things you need to have before you can install Balsamiq Wireframes on Linux:

Installing Balsamiq Wireframes via Lutris

Once you have the prerequisites installed, installing the app via Lutris is pretty easy. Just check what version of Lutris you're using, and then run the appropriate command.

If you're on Lutris 5.8 or newer: lutris -i "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/balsamiq/balsamiq-wireframes-linux/master/balsamiq-wireframes-installer.json"

If you're on Lutris 5.7.1 and older: wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/balsamiq/balsamiq-wireframes-linux/master/bw.yml -O /tmp/bw.yml && lutris -i /tmp/bw.yml

Once you have the installer downloaded and running, you need only follow the installer's steps to get Balsamiq Wireframes installed on your system. Then, after installation is complete, you can run the app via the desktop shortcut, Applications folder, or however you run apps on your machine.

Current Limitations

We will try to keep an updated list of the limitations and incompatibilities of this version of the app. If you happen to fix any of them on your own, please submit a Pull Request on our Github Project.

  • The Linux App cannot connect to Balsamiq Cloud and edit Cloud projects. You will need to use your web browser to do that.
  • Export PDF doesn't work if certain UTF-8 fonts are present (emoji, some Asian Language fonts, etc)