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Manage the Windows Subsystem for Linux. More information:

  • Start a Linux shell (in the default distribution):

wsl {{shell_command}}

  • Run a Linux command without using a shell:

wsl --exec {{command}} {{command_arguments}}

  • Specify a particular distribution:

wsl --distribution {{distribution}} {{shell_command}}

  • List available distributions:

wsl --list

  • Export a distribution to a .tar file:

wsl --export {{distribution}} {{path\to\distro_file.tar}}

  • Import a distribution from a .tar file:

wsl --import {{distribution}} {{path\to\install_location}} {{path/to/distro_file.tar}}

  • Change the version of wsl used for the specified distribution:

wsl --set-version {{distribution}} {{version}}

  • Shut down Windows Subsystem for Linux:

wsl --shutdown