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How to install Winbox on Mac M1

  • “I upgraded to a new Mac M1 chip and now I can’t run Winbox anymore”;
  • “I switched from Windows or Linux to the new Macs and I cannot access my Mikrotik router using Winbox anymore”;
  • “I’m trying to run the Winbox using wine on my Mac M1 without success”;

If you find yourself in one of these situations, this simple and basic step-by-step may can help you. Since I switched to the not so new M1 chip, I couldn’t run the Winbox using Wine. Everytime getting many different errors.

This is the recipy that work for me to get the Winbox64.exe running on my Mac M1 using Wine.

Make sure you don’t have any other Wine package installed in your system

I hope you have the homebrew installed in your system, otherwise, you can check their website to get instructions.

First, we will follow the Wine documentation to install it using Homebrew.

brew tap homebrew/cask-versions
brew install --cask --no-quarantine (selected wine package)

For Wine packages, you can use wine-stable, wine-devel, or wine-staging. I used wine-stable.

Then you can download the winbox64.exe file from Mikrotik’s website and save it to /Applications folder.

Once you get this done, you can open your terminal and run:

wine64 /Applications/winbox64.exe

If you get any error here, it may be necessary to allow the application in System Preferences -> Security & Privacy

And that’s all I had to do in order to get the Winbox running on my Mac M1