Windows Subsystem For Linux Installation Instructions

Some problems may require the Windows Subsystem for Linux to be solveable on a Windows computer.

Not using a Windows computer? Computers running macOS or Linux are already set up to compete! You don't have to worry about these instructions.

Installing the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is easy to do, and gives you access to a Linux terminal on a Windows machine.

Step 1: Enable WSL through PowerShell

Open PowerShell as an Administrator clicking the Start button, then typing “Windows PowerShell,” and clicking “Run as Administrator”

PowerShell (Admin)

Type the following into powershell, then press enter.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

When prompted, restart your computer.

Step 2: Install Ubuntu

Prefer a different distro? You're more than welcome to use that; however, the problems were written with Ubuntu in mind, so we recommend using Ubuntu.

Install Ubuntu from the Windows Store.

Install Ubuntu

Step 3: Launch Ubuntu

You can launch Ubuntu by simply typing “Ubuntu” into the start menu.

Launch Ubuntu