How to Enter Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Once you have WSL installed on your machine, you can then log in to your Linux distribution by running ‘wsl’ or by opening via Windows Search.

Option 1: Access WSL through the Terminal

Open Windows Terminal and enter into your default WSL distro by typing wsl.

To enter a specific WSL Linux distribution, you can run wsl -d <distro-name> entering the distribution name you want to access, or in Windows Terminal you can click to select an installed distro as shown below:

Option 2: Access WSL through Windows Search

The alternative option to open WSL in Windows is by using the Search Bar:

This will enter your default WSL distribution.

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