Command Line to Install Ubuntu 18.04 on Windows 10

Note that the following instructions are tested on Windows 10 Version 1809. If you have an earlier version, please upgrade it first.

Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux

  • Right click on the Windows logo and select Windows PowerShell(Admin)
  • Enter the command in the Windows PowerShell Window
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
  • Reboot your computer

Download Ubuntu 18.04

  • Open Windows PowerShell as Admin again and enter the command to download Ubuntu 18.04 and save it as Ubuntu1804.appx
    Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -OutFile Ubuntu1804.appx -UseBasicParsing

If you want to download other distributions, here are the list:

Install Ubuntu 18.04

  • Enter the following in the PowerShell (Admin) window to install Ubuntu 18.04
    Add-AppxPackage .\Ubuntu1804.appx

Initialize Ubuntu

  • Click on the Windows logo and then Ubuntu 18.04. Follow the instructions to set up a user and initialize setup


  • If you want to use and X-win applications, you will need to install Xming X server for Windows.
  • Enter the following command in the Ubuntu window to set up the X-win display if you are using bash
    echo "export DISPLAY=localhost:0.0" >> ~/.bashrc
  • The Linux directory is located at
  • To access the Windows file system from within Ubuntu, you can access them using /mnt/c for C drive or /mnt/d for D drive

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