Do not change Linux files using Windows apps and tools

Do not create/modify Linux files from Windows apps/tools
Do not create/modify Linux files from Windows apps/tools

I have to provide this guidance at least 2-3 times a day so instead I am publishing it here so everyone can find / link-to this guidance. There is one hard-and-fast rule when it comes to Bash on Windows: DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, create and/or modify Linux files using Windows apps, tools, scripts, consoles,…


More easily invoke Windows apps and tools from Bash on Windows

Along with support for ifconfig & network connection enumeration, Windows 10 Insider Build 14965 delivers a small but important change was made which will enable you more easily invoke Windows tools & applications from within Bash: Your Windows user environment path is now appended to the WSL path by default. This means you can now type…


ifconfig and network connection enumeration support in Windows 10 Insider build 14965

Enable network connection enumeration is currently the most-requested idea in our command-line User Voice. Or at least it was, until Windows 10 Insider build #14965 was released, which support for network connection enumeration: via the command-line using the ifconfig command via the /proc/net/dev virtual device via the Netlink socket’s NETLINK_ROUTE protocol’s RTM_GETLINK and RTM_GETADDR API Below is a…


WSL adds Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial support

Not only does Windows 10 Insider build #14951 introduce Bash <–> Windows interop, it also delivers support for Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial). While many of our more intrepid early-adopters have manually upgraded their Ubuntu 14.04 instances to Ubuntu 16.04, as of Windows 10 Insider build #14951, if you clean-install a new Linux instance or uninstall and…


Interop between Windows and Bash

Note: Also be sure to read the follow-up to this post that covers a subsequent improvement in that you no longer have to specify the absolute path to Windows executables if they exist on your path! Content below updated to reflect this change! Windows 10 Insider build #14951 has just landed and includes a very exciting new…


WSL adds inotify & filesystem change notification support

Over the last few weeks, the Windows Subsystem for Linux team have been cranking away, fixing lots of issues, completing several scenarios that we were unable to complete before shipping Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and adding support for new capabilities that light-up additional tools and scenarios. A key capability that many developer have been waiting…


24-bit Color in the Windows Console!

24-bit Color Grids
24-bit Color Grids

One of the most frequent requests we receive is to increase the number of colors that the Windows Console can support. We love nothing more than to deliver features you ask for!


Hanselman takes a tour around Bash on Windows

Hanselman Demo's Bash on Windows
Hanselman Demo's Bash on Windows

If you’re anything like me, you’re already overloaded with work/studies & life, and there’s just never enough time to go and dig into all the awesome new open-source projects, cool new tools, exciting new languages & platforms, and any amount of other technology that appears almost hourly these days. Wouldn’t it be great if someone…


New post and video on WSL filesystem features

One of the most frequent questions we get about Bash/WSL is how WSL provides a Linux-compatible filesystem atop NTFS and how filesystem interop works. Well, wonder no more dear reader – in this new blog post and the video below, Sven Groot explains to Seth Juarez how WSL’s filesystem support works.  


New post & video on how WSL System Calls work

One of the most interesting things about the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is its ability to run unmodified Linux ELF64 binaries atop the Windows Kernel. “How?” is a question we receive regularly from many of you. Ask and ye shall receive 🙂 In this new post, Stephen Hufnagel explains to Seth Juarez how WSL System Calls…


Huge improvements to Bash on Ubuntu on Windows in Build 14361

Dona Sarkar, the new owner of the Windows Insider Big Red Release Button has just announced the release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update Insiders Build 14361 to the fast-ring: Start your download engines – this is a release filled with huge improvements, too numerous to list here, but which are nicely summarized in the release…


Tmux support arrives for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

In Windows 10 build 14361, available now to Windows Insiders fast-ring users, we’ve added Pseudo Terminal support to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which, along with improvements to Windows Console’s much improved support for rendering VT control sequences, enables Tmux support to light-up your console! For those not familiar with it, Tmux is a terminal multiplexer…


Bash on Ubuntu on Windows – Download Now!

At //Build 2016, Microsoft announced the ability to run native Bash and GNU/Linux command-line tools directly on the new Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), coming soon to Windows 10 Anniversary Update builds. We’ve been amazed by the overwhelming outpouring of interest about this new feature over the last week. One of the most frequent questions…


Making the Windows Command Line Cool Again!

Welcome to our new blog focusing on Windows command line tools for developers. We’ll soon be publishing news, articles, updates, information, links and all manner of content related to the Windows command-line tools including PowerShell, Bash on Ubuntu on Windows and the Console itself. Stay tuned!