How to install and run Ableton Live 10 on Debian
July 22, 2020
There are a few caveats to installing and running Ableton Live 10 on Linux, and I initially
had some issues getting it working on Debian that I couldn’t find solutions for online.
Here’s how I got it working:
- Download Ableton Live 10 (Windows 64 Bit) from Ableton’s website
- Extract the zip file
- You should now see a file called Setup.msi. Wine doesn’t work with msi
files, you’ll need to install the package msitools to work with msi files:
sudo apt install msitools
- Normally, to install an msi file, you would run
msiexec /i Setup.msi,
however, that wasn’t working for me. It would just run for a few seconds then finish
with no output or results. Instead, run the msiextract command:
- You should now see two folders: Ableton and System64. You can move these two folders to
wherever you want Ableton to be installed
- To run Ableton, use wine with a 64 bit prefix to run the Ableton exe file:
WINEPREFIX=/path/to/wine64prefix wine Ableton/Live\ 10\ Suite/Program/Ableton\ Live\ 10\
- Ableton should now be up and running!
Note: Online authorization probably won’t work. Follow Ableton’s instructions for offline
authorization to get your copy of Ableton authorized.