How to install and run WinBUGS on Mac OS X

by Sofia

A guide for non-geeks

  1. Download Wineskin Winery
    Direct link:
    a. Click “Wineskin Winery … (click me to download)”
    b. Click “Save File” to accept the Wineskin Winery app
    c. Find the .zip file in your Downloads folder and click on it to expand (unzip) it
    d. The Winery app should now appear (red icon)
    e. Click on the Winery app to open it
  2. Download the WinBUGS.exe file from the MRC website
    Direct link:
  3. Save the key
    a. Click the link for the key
    (Direct link:
    b. If the .txt file opens in the browser, save it (⌘S) to your Downloads folder
  4. Save the patch
    a. Click the link for the patch under the Quick start heading
    (Direct link:
    b. If the .txt file opens, save it, too
  5. Configure your Wineskin app
    a. Go to your opened Wineskin app, click on the + to install an engine
    b. Click “Download and Install” to get the most recent engine
    c. Click “OK” at the dialog box
    d. Click “Update” to update Wineskin, and “OK” at the dialog box
    e. Click “Create New Blank Wrapper” to do exactly that
    f. Type in WinBUGS to name your new wrapper
    g. Allow Wineskin to accept incoming network connections
    h. Click “Install” at the Wine Mono Installer
    i. Click to view wrapper in Finder
    j. Drag your WinBUGS wrapper to your Applications folder
    k. Click on the WinBUGS wrapper to open in
  6. Install WinBUGS in Wineskin
    a. Click on “Install Software”
    b. Click “Choose Setup Executable”
    c. Select the WinBUGS14.exe file from your Downloads folder
    d. The WinBUGS installation wizard will now open; click “Next>” until installation is complete, then click “Finish”
    e. Wineskin will ask you which executable file to use, select WinBUGS14.exe and click “OK”
  7. Run WinBUGS
    a. Click on your WinBUGS wrapper in your Applications folder to open WinBUGS
    8. To add the key and patch to WinBUGS, follow the directions in each .txt file