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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:

  1. Download Ableton Live 10 (Windows 64 Bit) from Ableton’s website
  2. Extract the zip file
  3. 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
  4. 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: msiextract Setup.msi
  5. You should now see two folders: Ableton and System64. You can move these two folders to wherever you want Ableton to be installed
  6. 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\ Suite.exe
  7. 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.