TheÂ Windows Subsystem for LinuxÂ lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment — including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications — directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dualboot setup.
WSL 2Â is a new version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux architecture that powers the Windows Subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. Its primary goals are to increase file system performance, as well as adding full system call compatibility. This new architecture changes how these Linux binaries interact with Windows and your computer’s hardware, but still provides the same user experience as inÂ WSL 1Â (the current widely available version).
IndividualÂ Linux distributionsÂ can be run with either theÂ WSL 1 or WSL 2Â architecture. Each distribution can be upgraded or downgraded at any time and you can run WSL 1 and WSL 2 distributions side by side. WSL 2 uses an entirely new architecture that benefits from running a real Linux kernel.
When youÂ install WSL, it performs the following actions:
This tutorial will show you how to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature in Windows 11.