How to run Ubuntu applications on Windows 10?

Ubuntu has been one of the prominent operating systems you may have already heard about. It is a free and open source operating system that has been quite popular among the developers, IoT enthusiasts and other allied fields. Based on Linux distribution, the operating system is the third most in-demand option after Microsoft's Windows and Mac OS X.

Installing Ubuntu applications on Windows environment has been a concern since long. Not anymore! Windows 10 has added the support for Linux environment through its Anniversary Update. The feature was introduced with the Anniversary Update and was made a stable feature on Fall Creators Update.. This has made running Ubuntu and Open SUSE easy to run on Windows 10. Support for other Linux distributions is being added in phases.

How to install Ubuntu Applications on Windows 10?

Well, let us begin and see what all methods are available to use to installation Linux applications on your Windows 10. The first thing in that direction is to enable the Linux Subsystem feature on Windows.

Enable Windows Subsystem fort Linux

Here is how we do it -
  • Access Control Panel. Just search for Control Panel on search bar and choose the option from the results.
  • Locate and click on Programs and features.
  • Now locate Turn Windows features on or off on left side bar and click on it.
  • Locate Windows Subsystem for Linux and check the box next to it.
  • enable liux subsystem
  • Click on OK
You may need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
You may also use the Powershell option to enable the feature. Launch Windows Powershell as an administrator and run the following command -
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -Feature Name Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
You will need to restart your device once the feature is enabled.

Install your preferred Linux Distribution

Once you have enabled the Windows Subsystem for Linux, next step would be to get your preferred Linux distribution. Here we go with the installation for the same. In our case, we are interested in installing Ubuntu applications.
  • Launch Microsoft Store from START menu. You may also search for it through the search bar.
  • Look for the Ubuntu application published by Canonical Group Limited. Please ensure that you are on the right product page.
  • Click on Get.
  • Ubuntu from microsoft stoere
  • Wait till the installation is completed.
Wasn't that much easy? You have successfully installed Ubuntu on your Windows ecosystem. You will be able to run it just like any other Windows-based application. No virtual booting or any other similar options needed.

Launch and Configure Ubuntu

Launch Ubuntu on your Windows just like you would do with any other Windows application. The first time you launch it, it will ask you to create an Ubuntu account.create username
But before that, Ubuntu will install itself. It may take a couple of moments to complete the installation.
Ubuntu installing
Once the installation is done, create your Ubuntu account. Please note that this account is entirely different from your Microsoft account. You can use different credentials for creating your Ubuntu account. Once done, you will find your Ubuntu bash command line.

Install Ubuntu Applications

The easiest way to install Ubuntu applications on your Windows 10 computer would be to use the apt-get command. You may also use apt command as well.
ubuntu applications
The apt-get command downloads and installs the Ubuntu applications from the Ubuntu repository. You can either install a single application or opt for multiple applications in one single batch.
If you are an expert in Ubuntu, you may opt for multiple ways to install Ubuntu applications on your Windows 10 device. You may also compile and install the applications if you have development skills.

A Few points while installing Ubuntu on Your Windows 10

The functionality does not work on 32 bit Windows. If you are planning to use Ubuntu on your Windows 10, ensure that you are running 64 bit Windows 10. Anyways, there are several other reasons that would prompt you to upgrade to 64-bit architecture.
Please note that you need to reboot your computer once you have enabled the Windows feature - Windows Subsystem for Linux. The feature will not come into effect until you reboot.

The Concluding Thoughts

Well, Fall Creators update has brought the Ubuntu functionality out of the beta. You do not need to enable the Developer Mode under settings. If you have not updated to Fall Creators Update, you will need to enable it under Update and Security.
In any case, this is ideally the best method to run your Ubuntu applications on your Windows ecosystem. No need to opt for virtual machines or containers makes it quite simple option for the enhanced functionality.

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