Another way of using WordPerfect on a Linux system is to install and run WordPerfect
for Windows using the CrossOver
or Wine emulation layer from CodeWeavers.
It is necessary to select a suitable version of WordPerfect for Windows and a
compatible version of CrossOver or Wine.
It is possible, with some difficulty, to install WordPerfect 12 on Crossover 17.5
(the version current in May 2018). It is also possible to install Paradox 9 for Windows
It has been reported that WordPerfect for Windows X3 can be installed and run on certain
versions of CrossOver or Wine.
So far as is known, it is not possible to install WordPerfect for Windows X4, X5, X6, X7, X8 or X9
WordPerfect for Windows 12
on Crossover 17.5
After installing CrossOver Linux 17.5 on a Linux distro, one can install
WordPerfect for Windows 12 in a Windows XP bottle as an unlisted application.
One should perform a normal installation of WordPerfect and Quattro from the WordPerfect 12 cd,
using its setup.exe. But optional elements of WordPerfect Office 12 (such as Internet Explorer 6)
should be unselected. After the registration code has been entered and accepted, and the installer
has copied the files, it will report that setup is complete. So click "Finish". The installer will
then appear to get stuck. So click "Cancel". It will report that installation has failed. So close
Despite this report, in fact the bottle will have been created and will contain the desired
WordPerfect and Quattro code. But there will not be any menu-links to the WP programs. Such links
can, however be created by means of Crossover's run command. One needs to navigate to the wpwin12.exe
file (or, for Quattro, the QPW.exe file), and click "Create launcher".
When WordPerfect is run for the first time, it will probably be necessary to re-enter
the registration code. It is also essential to configure WordPerfect so as not to use
the enhanced file open/save dialogues.
Two deficiencies which existed under some earlier versions of Crossover have now been cured.
(1) Once installed, the initial loading of WordPerfect 12 would fail, but a second loading
would succeed, so that it was always necessary to load WordPerfect twice. This is no longer
necessary under Crossover 17.5. (2) A successful loading would produce a window which was
wide but not deep. This could be resized, but the resizing had to be repeated on every
successful loading. Under Crossover 17.5, the sizing of the WordPerfect window operates
in a normal manner.
Most features of WordPerfect 12 should work, including printing and saving to other
file formats. Moreover MS Word 2003 .doc documents can be imported successfully.
But macros do not work.
With Crossover 17.5, it is no longer difficult to configure the WP keyboard without crashing
the program. This is a marked improvement over some earlier versions of Crossover. More generally,
WP 12 seems to run better on Crossover 17.5 than on some earlier versions. In the opinion of the
present writer, WPwin 12 on Crossover is now preferable to the native XWP 8.1 as a method of running
WordPerfect on Linux.
This section relects the author's experience with Crossover 17.5, running on Linux Mint 17.3.
WordPerfect 9/2000 Office for Linux
WordPerfect 9 for Linux is part of the suite entitled WordPerfect Office 2000 for Linux,
once marketed by Corel. The suite includes Quattro and also, in the Deluxe version, Paradox.
The programs contained in the suite are not native Linux applications, but versions of
those contained in WordPerfect Office 9/2000 for Windows, adapted to run on Corel's own
version of the Wine emulator, known as Corelwine.
Unfortunately no-one has succeeded in installing Corelwine on any Linux distro which
uses glibc (or libc6) in a version higher than 2.3.1. Thus one would need a distro issued
not later than 2003, such as Libranet 2.8.1,
Slackware 8.1, or
Mandrake 9.0. No version of MEPIS, Ubuntu or Mint would be suitable.
It is difficult to believe that anyone not already using WordPerfect 9 for Linux
on an elderly distro would wish to attempt to do so.
It can, however, be reported that it is possible to install and run WordPerfect 2000
for Linux on
Slackware 8.1, running
as a guest in a virtualbox. Not only WordPerfect 9, but also Quattro 9 and Paradox 9, can
be installed and run. Installation requires the
still available from the Corel website. WordPerfect 9 runs slowly in this context. Difficulty
may be experienced in printing from Slackware 8.1, running as a guest in a virtualbox,
whatever program (including WordPerfect 2000) is used.
WordPerfect for DOS on DOSEMU
It is possible to install and run WordPerfect for DOS on a Linux system, using the
DOSEMU emulation package. This should work with
any version of WordPerfect for DOS from 5.0 to 6.2.
In distros current in 2010 and subsequently, in order to run DOSEMU as a normal user
(rather than as root), it will often be necessary to edit the file:
by adding an entry:
Useful information is available at the site on WordPerfect for DOS Updated, at
WordPerfect for Mac on Linux
It is possible to install and run WP 3.5e for Mac on a current (December 2013) Linux distro,
using Mac OS 9.0.4 in the Sheepshaver
Useful information is available from the
group on Yahoo.
A particular useful program available there is a Droplets utility, enabling the
conversion of document from normal WP 6 format to WPMac format.
Paradox on Linux
The editing of existing Paradox tables can be achieved by means of a Windows utility
named Paradox Data Editor, which can be installed and run on Linux under
The Paradox Data Editor is available from MiTeC at
It also possible to install Paradox 9 for Windows itself on a Linux distro (such as
Mint 17) using Crossover. The Paradox setup program will complete, but Crossover may not
recognise that it has done so. One must then close the Crossover operation. The bottle will exist,
and will contain the desired Paradox code, but it will be necessary to create a menu entry
for Paradox by means of Crossover's Manage Bottles funtion. Once installed, Paradox 9 appears
to run satisfactorily.