Bash on Windows – Step by step


I would like to share with you the step-by-step about how to use the Bash on Windows 10.

 

The “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” is available on the anniversary version of Windows 10 (version 1607).

 

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To enable the feature, you need to configure Windows 10 to receive updates to the developer mode (Settings / Update & Security / For developers / Developer mode).

 

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After receiving updates, Linux subsystem is available to be activated as a Windows feature. One way to enable the feature, is using the shortcut Windows Key + X :

 

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To run the Bash, just type “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” in the Windows Start menu. The following prompt will be displayed:

 

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Here are some useful commands.

 

To clean the screen:

 

clear
To list the files and directories:
ls
To create or edit a file:

 

vi
For example:

 

vi demo.txt
In the vi editor, press i to start the edit mode. Press ESC to return to the command menu. Type ZZ to save the file or :q to close the editor.

 

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To display the file content on prompt:

 

cat
For example:

 

cat demo.txt
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To search for a string within a file:

 

grep

 

For example:

 

grep Bash demo.txt
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To list the processes running on Bash:

top

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To connect to a remote machine:

sudo ssh IPADDRESS -l user

I hope you have enjoyed it.

Comments (4)

  1. Well explained. Thanks for sharing you knowledge.

    1. Thank you!!!! I really appreciated the feedback!

  2. Stefano says:

    Very Happy for that. Thanks

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