How To Run Linux Commands On Windows

Have you ever wanted to run Linux commands on your Windows PC? With the help of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), you can do just that. This blog post will guide you through the process of setting up and running Linux commands on your Windows machine, without the need for dual-boot systems or virtual machines.

What is Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)?

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer designed to run Linux binary executables natively on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. In simpler terms, it gives you the ability to run Linux commands right on your Windows PC.

Installing the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Before we start running Linux commands, we first need to install the subsystem. By default, the Windows Subsystem for Linux is not enabled on your system, so you’ll have to manually enable it. Here’s how:

Step 1: Enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Open PowerShell as Administrator and run the following command:

<strong>wsl --install</strong>

Step 2: Install Your Preferred Linux Distribution

Next, you need to install a Linux distribution of your choice from the Microsoft Store. Here is a list of some distributions available:

  • Ubuntu
  • OpenSUSE
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • Kali Linux
  • Debian GNU/Linux

After you have installed your preferred Linux distribution, launch it from the start menu, and it will take you to a command line terminal from where you can run Linux commands.

Running Linux Commands in Windows

Now that you have installed and set up the WSL, running Linux commands is pretty straightforward. You just need to open your installed Linux distribution and start typing your commands. For instance, to list files and directories in Linux, you would use the ls command. Here’s how you can do it:



In conclusion, the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has brought about a new level of interoperability between Windows and Linux. It allows developers and users who are used to the Linux environment to continue using their favourite Linux commands on their Windows machines. It’s a fantastic tool for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.