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How to Access Linux Files in a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Distro from Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

When you have Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) enabled, you can install WSL distro apps from the Microsoft Store, and export and import WSL distros.

In the past, creating and changing Linux files from Windows resulted in losing files or corrupting data. Making this possible has been a highly requested and long anticipated feature.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18342, Microsoft added the ability for users to access Linux files in a WSL distro from Windows 10. These files can be accessed through the command line, and also Windows apps, like File Explorer, VSCode, etc. can interact with these files.

Linux files for a running WSL distro are located at \\wsl$\.

This tutorial will show you how to access all the Linux files of a Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) distro from Windows 10.

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