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Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, to create the Windows Subsystem on Linux (WSL), which allows Windows 10 users to use Linux command line tools on Windows files through Bash such as grep, sed, git.


In order to install Bash/WSL, the Windows 10 OS must be a 64-bit version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14393 or later. In Windows 10 , open the Settings app > System > About to check if the Windows 10 version is compatible. Bash/WSL cannot be installed on Windows 7 or Windows Servers, currently only Windows 10 is supported.


  1. Turn on Developer Mode, Settings app > Update & Security > For Developers > Select the Developer radio button
  2. Enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux, this can be done through turning on the feature through Windows Features or through an elevated Powershell session using: Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
  3. Restart the machine


Open a command prompt or Powershell session, and then run bash . Follow the remaining on screen instructions to finish setting up WSL.

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