How to get the Linux Bash in Windows 10, in 3 steps

It’s been a while now since Microsoft declared its love for Linux and, at first, it felt strange to see Windows 10 embrace the Tux penguin. However, the fact that Windows 10 is able to run native Linux applications directly, without having to resort to using virtual machines, is a proof of Microsoft’s new strategy of embracing other ecosystems. Microsoft teamed up with Canonical and now you can install the Ubuntu software subsystem in Windows 10. That allows you to run Bash directly from Windows 10. Strange times we’re living in, right? They are also interesting times, so let’s see how to enable the Linux Bash in Windows 10:

NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of July 2016.


Enabling the Linux Bash on Windows 10 is not very hard and it implies changing just a few settings. However, working with Bash might be something that’s not quite for everybody. If you are a developer, if you love running commands in a text environment, or if you have some experience in working with Linux, then you’ll probably be very excited with the love Windows 10 how shows to Linux users.

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Updated: June 27, 2016 — 9:29 am