How to add Ubuntu Tab to Windows 10’s New Terminal

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Step 1 : Install Linux Subsystem for Windows 10

What is Linux Subsystem for Windows ?

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a type of resource within the Windows operating system that allows users to run Linux command lines on a computer with a Windows operating system installed. This enables developers and others to work “natively” in a Linux environment when languages like Ruby or Python are more conveniently utilized through the Linux interface.

Verify Your windows 10 Version

Make sure that you are running 64-bit Windows 10 operating system with Fall Creators Update (v1709) or above to use Linux Subsystem for Windows. If you are unsure, check Windows 10 version and proceed to the next steps.

Installation of the New Windows 10 Terminal

Control Panel

Open the start menu and search for “Turn Windows features on or off”, then click and open it. Now, Scroll to the bottom end and enable “Windows Subsystems for Linux”. As soon as you click on the ok button, Windows downloads any necessary files and installs Linux subsystem.

Installing Linux OS

After rebooting Windows, you can use the Microsoft store to find the Linux OS of your choice and install it. You can see that I have installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS here you can go for other available choices as you wish.

The Final Trick

Once Everything’s done, in the Ubuntu window, execute the uuidgen command. This will give a unique GUID, copy it. We are going to need that GUID in the coming steps. So, keep the window open or copy and paste it in a Notepad File.

{"acrylicOpacity":0.75,"closeOnExit":true,"colorScheme":"Campbell","commandline":"wsl.exe -d Ubuntu","cursorColor":"#FFFFFF","cursorShape":"bar","fontFace":"Consolas","fontSize":12,"guid":"{Your-GUID}","historySize":9001,"icon":"C:/Dev/ubuntuicon.png","name":"Ubuntu","padding":"0, 0, 0, 0","snapOnInput":true,"startingDirectory":"%USERPROFILE%","useAcrylic":true}

(Optional) Getting the ubuntu icon.

Once You have successfully added the ubuntu terminal You won’t get the ubuntu icon as I have shown above You’ll get the old unix Penguin Logo. So if you want to customise it a little bit or add your own icon here are the steps.



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Dharam Dhurandhar

Dharam Dhurandhar


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