Windows Subsystem for Linux Documentation

The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment -- including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications -- directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a virtual machine.

You can:

  1. Choose your favorite GNU/Linux distributions from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Run common command-line free software such as grep, sed, awk, or other ELF-64 binaries.
  3. Run Bash shell scripts and GNU/Linux command-line applications including:
    • Tools: vim, emacs, tmux
    • Languages: Javascript/node.js, Ruby, Python, C/C++, C# & F#, Rust, Go, etc.
    • Services: sshd, MySQL, Apache, lighttpd
  4. Install additional software using own GNU/Linux distribution package manager.
  5. Invoke Windows applications using a Unix-like command-line shell.
  6. Invoke GNU/Linux applications on Windows.

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