Software & Apps Windows How to Install Bash on Windows 10 Use the Linux command line in Windows by Gary Newell Writer Gary Newell was a freelance contributor, application developer, and software tester with 20+ years in IT, working on Linux, UNIX, and Windows. our editorial process Gary Newell Updated on August 05, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email If you know how to install bash on Windows 10, you can run the Linux command line from within Windows. That way, you can use Linux commands to navigate the file system, create directories with the mkdir command, move files with the mv command, and edit files using Nano. Instructions in this article apply to the 64-bit version of Windows 10. okubax / Flickr What You Need to Install Bash on Windows To run bash, your computer needs to be running a 64-bit version of Windows with a version number no lower than 14393, so update Windows 10 to the latest version before you begin. In order to run the Linux shell, you need to turn on Windows developer mode and enable the Linux subsystem. Access the Control Panel to tell if you're running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. How to Turn on Windows Developer Mode To enable developer functions for Windows: Right-click the Start menu and select Settings. Select Update & Security. Select For developers on the left side. Select Developer mode. Select Yes to confirm, then wait for the developer package to install. Type Windows Features in the desktop search bar and select Turn Windows Features On Or Off. Check the box beside Windows Subsystem For Linux and select OK. Select Restart now in the dialog box to reboot your computer to apply the changes. How to Use Bash in Windows After your computer reboots, you're ready to set up bash for Windows: Go to the Microsoft Store and select the Linux distribution of your choice. Install it then launch it. Wait for the distribution to finish installing, then create a username in the command window and press Enter. During the first-run process, you'll have to engage in some basic configuration, depending on the distribution. Often, you must specify a username and password. After the installation is successful, close the window and right-click the Start menu, then select Windows PowerShell (Admin). You may be prompted to enter your Windows administrator password. Type bash in the terminal window and press Enter. You now have a core version of Ubuntu installed on your system without any graphical desktops or subsystem. Therefore, you can now use Linux commands to communicate with the Windows file structure. Anytime you want to run the Linux command line, open the PowerShell or the command prompt and enter bash.