Debian GNU/Linux for WSL now available in the Windows Store

We’re excited to announce that you can now download & install Debian GNU/Linux via the Windows Store!

After we announced that you’d be able to install and run multiple distro’s side-by-side on WSL , we are happy to introduce another one of your favorite Linux distros to the Windows Store. As promised, we are expanding your ability to run multiple distros on WSL!

Introducing Debian GNU/Linux running on WSL:


First, a little background on Debian. Debian GNU/Linux is a stable, free & easy-to-use operating system for all of your laptop, desktop, server & cloud systems.

It is free for anyone to use, modify and distribute without charge and is trusted by millions of people across the globe from solo backpackers to astronauts on the International Space Station, small companies to huge organizations.

Debian comes with over 51,000 packages, a package manager (APT) and other utilities that make it possible to manage thousands of computers as easily as installing a single application. It is available in over 70 languages and is fully customizable — take apart your system, replace the icons, desktop theme or anything else you can think of.

With Debian, it's possible to make your computer truly your own. Debian is built by a volunteer organization of almost 2,000 Debian Developers distributed across more than 60 countries worldwide, collaborating every day via the internet.

For more information about Debian, please visit the About Debian page.

Getting Started

As with other Linux distros, you can now download Debian GNU/Linux from the Windows Store. If this is your first time using WSL, be sure to enable the optional Windows feature before getting the Debian app by following these installation instructions.

Once you have Debian GNU/Linux installed, go ahead and launch the application. You now have your instance up and ready to go!

We recommend checking out the Debian getting started manual as you begin using it on WSL.

Thank You

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Debian team for all their patience, hard work & support to plan, build, and publish their distro packages in the Windows Store. Thank you! We’ll get to work on the Microsoft <3 Debian stickers 😉.

Hope you enjoy using Debian GNU/Linux on WSL!

Let us know how you use Debian GNU/Linux with WSL by submitting issues on our GitHub repo and Tweeting us at #WSL - @debian, @RobertHaist, @tara_msft, and @virtualscooley.

Comments (10)

  1. 天下无雪 says:

    Since WSL is no longer a beta version, when will it return to Long Time Service Branch?

    1. OmarEljindi says:

      They most likely are going to give us the “LTSB is not for production machines” crap.

    2. Tara Raj says:

      We are investigating this. Will post any updates as they come along.

  2. Z_Kedem says:

    How about the gNewSense distro?

    1. Tara Raj says:

      Not currently speaking to gNewSense, but if they are interested in coming into the Store they can reach out and we will guide them through the submission process 🙂

  3. Gavin Groom says:

    WSL just keeps getting better! Will be awesome should Slackware ever become available.

    1. Tara Raj says:

      Thank you! We’d be happy to talk to Slackware if they are interested in submitting to the Store.

  4. Catkitty says:

    Considering the fact that there is no Linux in WSL, I would rather name it “Debian GNU/kNT”, according to an old Debian tradition. 😉

    1. Tara Raj says:

      Definitely see where you are coming from. The Debian team named the app, so please let @debian team know your feedback!

    2. Actually, I think Debian GNU/Linux is somehow correct here, as (I guess) it’s exactly the same binaries as they use for the “real” Linux variant.

      The Hurd and BSD variants of Debian (do they still exist?) were specifically compiled for the kernel / libc, and needed some other modifications (e. G. INIT process, boot loading etc.) compared to the Linux variant.

      So, actually, it’s not a new Port of Debian, it’s just an “emulation environment” capable of running an existing port.

      On the other hand, I get your point, and won’t seriously oppose it 🙂

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