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Windows Subsystem for Linux Setup

This is an in-depth, step-by-step guide for developers on how to get started with the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Microsoft and Linux

Check out the Microsoft docs on WSL for more information:

NOTE : Since making this guide, Microsoft has released WSL version 2. Check here for the docs on how to install or upgrade to WSL 2

By the end of this guide, you will know:

  1. What WSL is, and why it's important.
  2. How to install WSL and the free Ubuntu app.
  3. How the two file systems work together, and how you should work with them.
  4. How to update your terminal, and edit WSL files.
  5. Where, why, and how to install different programs and software.
  6. Additional important information.

Video Guide:

This guide comes with a video walkthrough: WSL Video Playlist.

Windows Subsystem for Linux Part One: Introduction into WSL


Use This Checklist to help keep track of your progress! It makes use of Local Storage to maintain your progress even if you close the window. Note: CTRL + CLICK to open in a new window!

There is also a challenge at the bottom designed to help you learn more about the work-flow as well.

Ready to begin?

Go to Page 1: Introduction into WSL

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