Can I Install 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
    


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