Install Amazon WorkSpaces on Linux (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64-bit)

Happy Friday the 13th…

1. Download the Windows .MSI installer from: https://clients.amazonworkspaces.com/
At time of this post, the Amazon WorkSpaces Client was:
Version: 2.4.7.804
Updated: 6/7/2018

Information about the Ubuntu release:

$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Release: 18.04
Codename: bionic

Perform a quick package update check:

$ sudo apt update

Install wine:

$ sudo apt install wine64
$ wine64 --version
wine-3.0 (Ubuntu 3.0-1ubuntu1)

Install the Amazon WorkSpaces MSI file into the default .wine prefix:

$ wine64 msiexec /i ~/Downloads/Amazon+WorkSpaces.msi

Afterwards, remove a file that causes an application crash. (Replacing “username” with your account’s username and “.wine” if you used a different prefix):

$ rm /home/$(whoami)/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Amazon\ Web\ Services\,\ Inc/Amazon\ WorkSpaces/vchan_plugins/pcoip_vchan_remoteprintclient.dll

Start the Amazon WorkSpaces client and enjoy that sweet AWS cloud WorkSpace!

10 responses to “Install Amazon WorkSpaces on Linux (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64-bit)

  1. Hey thank you man !!! But I have an issue… My keyboard layout is an US International, and the keyboard layout doesn’t works the quote and double quote ” and ‘ keys does’t work… Anyone have the same issue ?

  2. Thank you! This is AMAZING. I ran into issue during installation as I partitioned my hard drive to stall Ubuntu, so selected “Install Only for this User” and now it works great!! You are a life saver.

  3. Thanks a ton for providing the instructions! It is working on Ubuntu (gnome) 19.04! My AWS runs windows 10. I am not having any issue with copy/paste however my issue is that alt+tab switches between Ubuntu Desktop and AWS instead of between windows inside AWS. Please let me know if this can be resolved.

  4. this post is gold! it describes exactly what needs to be done and just works.
    For the people that said it didn’t I bet it was because they didn’t replace the user name in the last command, it can be made a copy paste command by using whoami

    $ rm /home/$(whoami)/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Amazon\ Web\ Services\,\ Inc/Amazon\ WorkSpaces/vchan_plugins/pcoip_vchan_remoteprintclient.dll

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