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Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store, here's how to install it

Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store. No, we are not joking. Microsoft had announced earlier this year, that it would be bringing Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora to Windows 10 and thanks to its partnership with Canonical, Ubuntu is here.

Ubuntu on Windows Store

This is not surprising since Windows 10 already supports Bash shell from the Anniversary Update, allowing users to use Bash via openSUSE. Now you can simply install the Ubuntu app in Windows 10, and use the Ubuntu Terminal and run Ubuntu command line utilities including bash, ssh, git, apt, etc.

How to download Ubuntu in Windows 10

1.You need to opt-in in the Windows Insider Program before downloading the Ubuntu app.

2.And you also need to enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux by navigating to the Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

3. Install Ubuntu from the Windows Store. It is free, although the button and the title says buy.

4. Reboot the PC and you can use the app.

Though this is mostly intended for developers,  you can use it to run Linux apps with a GUI. Yes, it is possible too, but just not easy as installing a virtual machine inside VirtualBox.

Don’t want to opt-in to the Windows Insider Program? The Ubuntu app will be available for Windows 10 users in the Fall Creators Update. which will be released in September 2017.

Like using terminal command line editors? Have you tried the online vi editor mentioned in one of our older articles?