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How to Activate Ubuntu Linux Bash Shell on Windows 10? Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10 works natively — there is no emulator, virtual machine, or anything of that sort. Microsoft and Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) collaborated to bring a version of Bash that runs in the new subsystem alongside Windows applications. But don’t get confused, this isn’t Linux on Windows either, it’s just a tool that allows you to run the same commands as if you were using a Linux computer.
- Windows 10 Version 1607 or later
- System type must be 64-bit
Turn on Developer mode
#1: Open Settings > Update and Security > For developers
#2: Select the Developer Mode radio button
#3: Click Yes in popup
Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux
Via “Turn Windows features on or off”
#1: Open Control Panel and Click on Programs
#2: Click on Turn Windows features on or off
#3: Check the Windows Subsystem for Linux (beta) option.
#4: Click OK and Restart system to complete the task.
#1: Open PowerShell as Administrator and run command:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
#2: Restart your computer when prompted
Download components for Linux
#1: Open Command Prompt and run
bash or Simply search for
Y to download components
#3: Create an UNIX user
Open Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
Simply search for “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows” and it will appear. Now, you can run many Linux tools in Windows, except for any graphical tool.
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