Microsoft Windows 10 build 14316 supports Ubuntu File System Bash

Microsoft has announced that its latest “Anniversary Update” for Windows 10 will bring the Ubuntu File System Bash (Bourne Again Shell) which allows you to run command line Linux applications without the need for a virtual machine.

Among the new features in Windows 10 Build 14316 such as Cortana Cross Device Features, Updated Extensions for Microsoft Edge, Skype UWP Preview app, Action Center improvements, Updated Emojis, Personalization Improvements, PC Access Experience, Virtual Desktop improvements and other useful updates for battery improvements and feedback experience, the addition of the ability to run native BASH on Ubuntu in Windows 10.

Those who are familiar or from the UNIX background will be familiar with the different shells. BASH is just one of the popular ones available.

Installing Bash is invoked at the command prompt when Developer settings is turned on and type BASH at the prompt


Subscribers to Windows 10 Insider Preview build need not wait as the update was rolled out in this latest build. As it is in beta stage, the shell is quite restrictive. Do not expect to run Ubuntu straight away as this is basically the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS user-space applications running natively in Windows 10.





The new BASH Shell will support a full user space package that includes a complete support tools for ssh, apt, rsync, find, grep, awk, sed, md5sum, xargs, sort, sed, curl, wget, gpg, mysql, perl, python, emacs, vim and more.
For those who are enrolled in the Windows Insider Program here is how to run Native BASH on Ubuntu in Windows:
Enroll for the Windows Insider Program (if your still not enrolled click here ( and Select “Advanced Windows Update” options under “System Settings”





Set your update ambition to fast Ring


Now turn ON “Developer Mode” via Settings → Update & security → For developers, as this new feature is specifically meant for developers


You now need to check for new updates (Insider Preview Build 14316), apply all updates, and then restart your system.
Turn ON the new Windows feature, “Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta)”.


Note: You need a 64-bit version of Windows. Without it, you won’t see the new option.
Reboot System

Now Press the Start button and type ‘Bash’ or simply open Command Prompt and type ‘bash.’  This will launch a console window powered by Ubuntu’s user-space.



By Harry