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 screenshot of Bash on Windows running ifconfig:


This new feature should unblock tools/languages/features including

Note: At this time of writing, there are a couple of related issues that you may trip over:
BSOD starting Vivaldi Browser #1344

Node: invalid argument, uv_interface_addresses #1343

The team are working on fixes for these issues which will bubble up to insiders ASAP.

In the meantime, please do try out this feature and let us know if you find issues!

Comments (13)

  1. Doug Estey says:


  2. Martin Wolf says:

    That is awesome, indeed. Any ideas when we can expect this on stable?

    1. These changes will be delivered in Windows 10 Creator’s Update, due spring 2017.

  3. Jan Lipničan says:

    When can we expect this fixes to be in production windows ?

    1. These changes will be delivered in Windows 10 Creator’s Update, due spring 2017.

  4. Mohamed says:

    is there a way to get the bash update without updating the whole windows 10 to the new build ?

    1. No – WSL depends upon several key features & internal workings of the Windows kernel, many of which are rapidly evolving to accommodate WSL and other team’s requirements, and cannot currently be separated.

  5. George McCauley says:

    Can expect mounting nfs/cifs filesystems soon too?

  6. Nathen says:

    Really nice work, thanks for adding it

  7. PeteS says:

    While this is an important step, the continuing unavailability of iwconfig and related shortcomings leaves this an incomplete solution. When can we expect more complete network support including wireless devices?

    1. Do please upvote here if you’d like to see iwconfig too: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/17268656-add-wireless-device-support

      I’ll also chase up with the team when everyone gets back from Xmas.

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