How to run GUI Ubuntu Linux in Windows 10

Mini Bytes: Microsoft has added Ubuntu Linux bash shell to run in your Windows 10. This is a new major change in the OS history that no other firm has came forward to do so. Here we are going to see, how to run graphical Ubuntu Linux in your Windows 10 with few tricks.

Windows 10 has made a serious change in the OS development by including Bash on Ubuntu in Windows 10. With this feature you can run graphical Ubuntu in your Windows 10 that does not officially supports the graphical Linux desktop applications. This means, you can run Linux applications in your Windows 10 developer mode.



This is a simple trick which was available in the Internet a few days ago and this feature was raised in the GitHub repositories with the help of a ticket which was created by a user.

We are surprised to see Microsoft including Linux environment into Windows 10 operating system and nobody expected this major change in the Windows 10 operating system.

After integrating Linux into the Windows 10 you might have thought that there are more changes to come and this would make a new working environment in your desktop as well as in other devices.

BASH – Bourn Again Shell is only used for handling the command-line functionalities, which is available in the Linux. But Microsoft has used bash shell in Windows 10 by expanding its command line utility with this feature. This feature was available only in Windows 10 developer mode which was used to run Linux applications without GUI.

How to install Linux GUI Tools in Windows 10:

In order to run Linux applications in Windows 10 developer mode, you need to download the packages that includes binaries and applications that you run Ubuntu Linux. You also need to enable Windows developer mode and you need to download the latest Windows 10 insider review from Microsoft.

Here is the tutorial that will tell you how to run GUI Ubuntu Linux in Windows 10.

Step 1: As the first step, you need to enable the developer mode in Windows 10. This can be done in the following settings menu.

Settings -> Update & Security -> For developers -> Here Enable “Developer Mode”

Step 2: Then in the second step, you need to check for windows updates and install the latest updates which you need to run GUI Ubuntu Linux in Windows 10. You at least need Insider Preview Build 14316.

You also need Windows 10 64–Bit to enable this feature.

Step 3: Now enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux in your Windows feature.

Control Panel -> Programs & Features -> Turn Windows Features on or off -> Enable “Windows Subsytem for Linux (Beta)”

Step 4: Reboot your system.

Step 5: Go to command prompt and type “bash” or you can also search for “bash” in your Windows search. This will launch console window with Ubuntu Bash shell.

Now you can run all your Ubuntu bash commands in the Shell.

Step 6: In order to install GUI tools in your Bash shell, you need to download and install “VcXsrv Windows X Server” on your Windows 10.

In Windows X Server -> Open Display Settings -> Select “One large windows” -> Next -> Finish the Configuration without changing the other settings.

Step 7: Now Goto Command Prompt -> type “bash”.

In the bash shell, to install the ubuntu-desktop, unity and ccsm tools run the follwing command

# sudo apt-get install ununtu-desktop unity compizconfig-settings-manage

# export DISPLAY=localhost:0




Step 8: After running this command, open the CCSM tool by running the below command in the bash shell

# ccsm

After opening the ccsm tool, enable the following plugins





  • Comandos
  • Composite
  • Copy to texture
  • OpenGL
  • Ubuntu Unity Plugin
  • PNG
  • Compiz Library Toolbox
  • Cambiar de tamafio la ventana
  • Colocar ventanas
  • Escalar
  • Mover ventana
  • Snapping Windows

Now run the follwing command in the Ubuntu Bash Shell

# compiz

This command will open the GUI Ubuntu Linux in Windows 10.





This is how you will install the GUI tools for the Ubuntu Bash in your Windows 10 Subsystem.

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  1. Techgeek says:

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