How to Run Microsoft Money on a Mac

Wine is a great tool to run Windows applications and setup is fairly easy on a Mac. These instructions could actually apply to any Windows application.

  1. Install Homebrew:
  2. Install wine prerequisites. Open up a terminal and run the following:
    $ brew cask install java xquartz
  3. Install wine (this step will take a while):
    $ brew install wine
  4. Once wine is installed, you can run Microsoft Money’s installation program. Change directory to the installation program of Microsoft Money and then run the following command:
    $ wine setup.exe
  5. You may get the following messages during installation, click on the Install button for each:
  6. Next, the Microsoft Money Setup Wizard steps:

  7. Next, test it out by running msmoney.exe:
    $ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files\ \(x86\)/Microsoft\ Money/System/msmoney.exe
  8. Follow the prompts:

  9. It’s likely not ideal to keep opening up a terminal to run Microsoft Money, so let’s create a Dock icon. To do this, you’ll need to open the Script Editor, which is a built-in application in macOS. In a new script, type in the following:
    tell application "Terminal"
    	do script "/usr/local/bin/wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\\ Files\\ \\(x86\\)/Microsoft\\ Money/System/msmoney.exe"
    end tell
  10. Compile the script and save it as an Application. Once saved, you can drag it to your Dock and run it there.
  11. If you want to change the icon of the newly created script application, check out How to Change the Icon of an Apple Script Application.