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Installing Mockups 3 for Desktop on Linux



Balsamiq Mockups 3 for Desktop is not supported on Linux. However users report that it runs well using Wine.

Linux users might also be interested in trying Balsamiq Cloud, our browser-based version, which only requires a modern browser.

Here are the instruction for installation on Ubuntu 16.10:

  1. Install wine:

     sudo apt-get install wine
  2. Download the offline bundle named like Balsamiq_Mockups_3.x.y_bundled.zip and install it in /opt:

     sudo unzip Downloads/Balsamiq_Mockups_3.x.y_bundled.zip -d /opt
     sudo mv /opt/Balsamiq_Mockups_3 /opt/balsamiq_3_x_y
     sudo rm -f /opt/balsamiq && sudo ln -s /opt/balsamiq_3_x_y /opt/balsamiq
     sudo mv /opt/balsamiq/Balsamiq\ Mockups\ 3.exe /opt/balsamiq/balsamiq.exe
    
     # This Should Now Work
     wine /opt/balsamiq/balsamiq.exe
  3. Add a startup icon:

     echo '[Desktop Entry]
     Encoding=UTF-8
     Name=Balsamiq Mockups
     Icon=/opt/balsamiq/icons/mockups_ico_48.png
     Exec=wine /opt/balsamiq/balsamiq.exe
     Type=Application
     Categories=Graphics;
     MimeType=application/x-xdg-protocol-tg;x-scheme-handler/tg;
     ' |sudo tee /usr/share/applications/balsamiq.desktop