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How to install Freegate in Linux using PlayOnLinux

I have already talked about how much I like Freegate. Basically, if you are in China and would like to access Facebook or Youtube (for free) then you should be using Freegate.

In the past I have used Wine in Linux to install Freegate, but lately I have been having problems installing it. Today I decided to install Freegate using PlayOnLinux (which to be clear is still using Wine) and was very pleased with how easy it was and how well it works. I had a bit of trial and error but have documented all of the steps below so you don't have to struggle like I did. (Note, I used PlayOnLinux version 4.2.4)

Once you have PlayOnLinux open, you will click on the link that say "Install a program."

Now click on the link to "Install a non-listed program."

Click "Next."

Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive" then click "Next."

You can name your virtual drive anything you would like. I named it "Freegate" because that makes the most sense.

IMPORTANT: You must select "Install some libraries" or Freegate will not work. Freegate requires a DLL that is not automatically installed.

You can select the default 32 bit installation.

Select "POL_Install_mfc42." Freegate will not work without this installed.

Before you browse for the Freegate file, it is best to put the executable where PlayOnLinux creates the virtual drive.

By default, PlayOnLinux will create a shortcut directory of virtual drives. When you enter that folder, you will see a folder with the same name as what you called the virtual drive. In my case, "Freegate."

In the freegate folder, go to "drive_c"

Then "Program Files."

Then create a folder called "Freegate."
In this folder, add the Freegate executable. You can download it here.

After you have added the Freegate executable to the Freegate folder you created, go back to PlayOnLinux and press the "Browse" button. Look for the file you just added and open it.

Press Next.

At this point, Freegate will open up.

Read the licence agreement and press "I agree."

Once Freegate is open and running, you will press "Exit." Once you exit Freegate, PlayOnLinux will continue the installation by creating a shortcut.

Press the Freegate logo, then press next.

You can leave the default name, or name it something like.... Freegate.

After you press next, it will ask you to create another shortcut. We only need one, so you can click on "I don't want to make another shortcut" then press "Next."

Yay! You are done. You should now see the Freegate logo in PlayOnLinux. Every time you want to run Freegate, just open PlayOnLinux, click the icon, and click "Run."

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!


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