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A community powered list of programs that work (and those that don't) on the Windows subsystem for Linux. The official Microsoft repository for filing bugs, etc., is located at Microsoft's BashOnWindows repo. This repo complements the offical one by providing a quick reference for how well programs run.

Please feel free to contribute programs you have tested to the table below. If you need help with the markdown, please review this markdown primer from gamejolt.

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Because this list is community powered, the maintainer does not hold any responsibility for the accuracy of the contents of this repository. Your mileage may vary.

The list:

Program Name apt name Functionality rating (0-5) website Notes Windows Build #
ADB 2 developer.android.com Installs; see this image for example, requires adb on Windows too.
Anaconda 4 Continuum.io Simple commands work after getting listed WSL build, symlinks issue has been fixed 14393
Apache server apache2 2 httpd.apache.org Must use a loopback for networking, buggy
Apache SINGA 4 singa.apache.org Only CPU version is supported.
apt 5 wiki.debian.org/Apt Works fine 16299.19
apt-fast 3 ilikenwf/apt-fast Simple commands work. Needs more testing 15063.138
archey 3 djmelik/archey Works for the most part, but displays disk usage incorrectly 15063.138
aria2c aria2 3 aria2.github.com Does not resolve domains, must use IP addresses. Possibly c-ares related 14901.1000
arp arp 0 /proc/net/arp: No such file or directory
arp-scan arp-scan 0 https://github.com/royhills/arp-scan link_open: Address family not supported by protocol
atom atom 0 Atom.io Does not install, causes apt and dpkg to lock up trying to install 16275
bash+ 3 gnu.org/software/bash Most functionality exists but there are problems with scripts
blackfire blackfire-agent 5 blackfire.io 16299.15
byobu 3 byobu.co Need to toggle the byobu charmap (run /usr/lib/byobu/include/toggle-utf8 or export BYOBU_CHARMAP=x ; . ~/.bashrc). Status bar occasionally disappears. 14901.1000
c-ares libc-ares2 0 c-ares/c-ares Does not resolve domains to ip addresses. 14901.1000
cargo 4 rust-lang/cargo Correctly recognizes and downloads dependencies on basic projects. Needs testing with larger projects. 14393.67
curl 4 curl/curl curl -sS tested
chromium-bsu 0 chromium-bsu.sourceforge.net Completely Fails to Launch
composer 5 getcomposer.org doesn't seem to have issues, but could use more test.
cmake 4 cmake.org Seems to work perfectly, though more testing needed.
Coq 4 coq.inria.fr Installed without issue, needs more testing. 14393
docker 3 docker.com Using Docker for Windows it's possible to get the client working in WSL using the instructions here
Electron (and any apps based on it) 3 electron.atom.io Some apps will install, but not run. Some will not install at all. Any app that uses Chrome 53 or later as it's backend should in theory work, no promises 16275
emacs 5 gnu.org/software/emacs with latest WSL and Ubuntu Xenial works great in terminal mode and over X. 16251
firefox firefox 5 mozilla.org/firefox Runs, without reporting any errors whatsoever. 15063
fish 5 fish.sh works fine
fortune 5 wikipedia - Fortune works fine
fsharp 4 fsharp.org Installed without issue, needs more testing. To use fsi (F# Interactive) fsharpi 14393
gazebo 3 gazebosim.org Very laggy tested. Requries X11 server like VcXsrv and setting a few environment variables
gcc build-essential 4 gcc.gnu.org Runs as expected, more testing needed 16299.19
gedit gedit 5 wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Gedit Works just fine after X Server configuration. Will throw some Dbus errors, but doesn't seem to affect performance. Can read and write files to Linux and Windows 16275
ghc ghc 4 Haskell on Bash haskell.org/ghc Needs more tests 15031
gimp gimp 5 gimp Seems to work just fine. Can read and write files to both Linux and Windows. Xming freezes, VcXsrv works fine 16275
git 4 git-scm.com requires more testing, Basics work (clone, pull, push, fetch commit). Diff has some errors 16299.19
GNOME Web epiphany-browser 4 How-to Works fine but the video is choppy 14393
golang golang-go 3 Golang golang-go gets 1.6 which is not the latest version. Needs more testing 15031 (Xenial)
gparted 4 gparted.org Window opens and can be interacted with, but it can't find any devices.
grep 4 wikipedia - grep WARNING: PASSWORD MAY BE SHOWN IN PLAINTEXT;requires more testing see this issue for more.
haxe 5 Haxe Foundation PPA Compiles programs correctly, haxelib works fine too
heroku 5 Heroku CLI Installs and works as expected, tested app listing, logs, setting config
htop 5 hisham.hm/htop Works as expected, though only lists processes running under WSL, not under Windows. CPU and Memory usage stats are accurate. 16299.19
i3 4 i3wm.org Works fine under VcXsrv Server without -multiwindow command line option. Added export DISPLAY=:0 to .bashrc 15063.138
ifconfig 4 wikipedia - ifconfig Seems to work fine 15063.138
ip 4 man ip Seems to work fine 15063.138
ircii 5 eterna.com.au/ircii Seems to work Flawlessly
irssi 5 irssi.org Seems to work flawlessly
iwconfig 0 wiki.debian.org/iwconfig Unable to Access Network Interfaces (Should be localhost for all connections)
java 8 2 oracle.com/java Runs at minimum, seems to have some functionality at least
java 7 2 oracle.com/java Seems to work well, if laggy.
Jupyter Notebook 5 jupyter.org Seems to work well. Requires a browser such as FireFox.
kakoune 5 kakoune.org Works great, needs to be built from source
krita krita 0 krita.org Cannot connect to X server (tested with Xming). Further testing required.
ltrace ltrace 5 Seems to work Flawlessly
lua lua5.2 3 Lua Just tested with interpreter. Needs more tests 15031 (Xenial)
lynx 5 lynx.invisible-island.net seems to work entirely
mount 2 man mount unable to mount iso/cd-rom files
Maude 4 maude.cs.uiuc.edu Installed without issue, needs more testing
make 3 gnu.org/software/make basic scripts working, needs more extensive testing. Tabbing for commands gets broken pipe
Meteor 5 meteor.com Seems to work just fine. Can build and serve apps, create apps, and reads and writes to Windows and Linux 16275
Metasploit 4 metasploit.com Seems to work as expected.
MLton 0 mlton.org BSOD 14393
Mongo Client 4 docs.mongodb.com Works well connecting to mongod windows service
Mono mono-complete 4 mono-project.com Supported (more info). Instructions added to official documentation. Use 4.2 for now or 4.6 when released (4.4 has issues)
Minecraft 0 mincraft.net Crashes during boot with an error from OpenAL - Known Issue
Minecraft Launcher 3 minecraft.net Seems to work correctly, but is incredibly laggy.
mysql 4 mysql.com Seems to work flawlessly 15063.138
mtr 0 wikipedia - mtr doesn't run
nano 4 nano-editor.org Functions and displays correctly 16299.19
nasm 4 nasm.us more testing needed
nethack 4 nethack.org Need to run it from the /usr/games directory with "./nethack" and the default config it runs has numpad turned off so you have to use the unintuitive: y k u h l b j n
nginx+ 4 ngix.com Can't bind to IPv6 15063.138
nmap 0 nmap.org AF_Netsock options not implemented #1349
node.js nodejs 4 nodejs.org Seems to work fine. Runs the React VR hello world project perfectly. 15063.138
nuget 3 nuget.org requires more testing
npm 4 npmjs.com some packages fail due to permissions - Default version is VERY old.
nvm 5 nvm Script to install newer versions of NPM and NodeJS.
OCaml 4 ocaml.org Works fine with Core, needs more testing. 15063.540
octave 3 GNU Octave GUI opens with X11, command line calculations are fine, plotting has libgl errors
OpenCoarrays 4 opencoarrays.org Installed from source but needs more testing. See the OpenCoarrays install instructions for more details
OpenRCT2 0 openrtc2.org Fails with errors to do with Sharing Memory with X, Possibly due to VcXsrv.
ping 1 man ping Works if run as admin (not root), otherwise fails with ping: icmp open socket: Socket type not supported
pip+ 0 pip.pypa.io DO NOT INSTALL with --fix-missing. Breaks apt. See documentation
php5-cli 4 php.net/manual Working, needs more testing
php7.0 4 php.net Installed without issue, needs more testing
python 5 python.org Works even for very difficult and memory intensive workloads such as compiling PyPy 14366
pypy 5 pypy.org Works even when translating itself 14366
qpidd 0 man qpidd Starting the daemon fails with a socket error: "critical Unexpected error: Can't bind to port Invalid argument (qpid/sys/posix/Socket.cpp:206)"
R r-base 4 r-project.org devtools, doParallel and foreach works. May be numerically a little different from other system. More tests needed. 14393
rbenv 4 rbenv/rbenv works for the most part, but permissions of folders are wrong after installing (world writable), spawning warnings when running e.g. Rubygems 14366
reboot 0 man reboot Unable to shutdown system.
redis 4 Redis Able to start server and interact with built-client. Did part of tutorial and worked great. 15031 (Xenial)
rmw 5 rmw Remove to waste. Safely remove files to a trash folder from the cli.
rsync 4 rsync.samba.org works with ssh tunneling and with same file system. Needs more testing
ruby 4 ruby-lang.org works for Sinatra and Rails development using C extension gems for the most part, but rails new testapp works with WeBrick (the default), but hangs with thin 14986
rustc 4 rust-lang.org Can compile basic programs. Needs testing with more complex programs 14393.67
Sage Math 4 http://www.sagemath.org/ Able to do a good portion of the Sage Math tutorial. There is a RunTime warning but does not stop Sage from working 15031
scp 5 man scp works for both remote to local and local to remote transfers.
screen 4 gnu.org/software/screen Already installed. Simple fix needed. 15063 (Xenial)
sed 4 gnu.org/software/sed didn't test all options, but everything I tested worked fine.
SMLNJ 0 smlnj.org Installed. Will not start correctly. 14393
SNMP Tools snmp 5 www.net-snmp.org Seems to work fine 15063.138
sqlite 4 sqlite.org File locking is broken, which can lead to database corruption
ssh 5 wikipedia - ssh ssh works as expected
ssh-keygen ssh 4 man ssh-keygen -t rsa working
strace strace 5 Seems to work Flawlessly
sudo 5 wikipedia - sudo appears to be working as expected 16299.19
SWI-Prolog 4 swi-prolog.org Installed without issue, needs more testing. See: (Installing from PPA (Ubuntu Personal Package Archive)) 14393
swift 3 developer.apple.com/swift Everything except interactive shell works
tail 3 man tail Will tail files, but 'follow' (-f) reports "tail: unrecognized file system type 0x53464846"
tcc 3 bellard.org/tcc tcc run and scripted "#!/usr/bin/tcc -run" files work correctly
telnet 4 wikipedia - telnet Further testing required
tensorflow 4 tensorflow/tensorflow See Scott Hanselman's post
tesseract-ocr 4 tesseract-ocr/tesseract No problems with command line usage
texlive 5 tug.org/texlive No problems so far 14366
tmux 4 tmux/tmux Works well for the most part, mouse mode doesn't seem to work 14366
torproject tor 5 torproject.org Tor is a free software that prevents people from learning your location or browsing habits by letting you communicate anonymously on the Internet. 14393
ufw 0 help.ubuntu.com/community/UFW Fails with an error about iptables 15063.138
useradd 4 man useradd Users can be added but /etc/skel profile logout and bashrc files but no default directories
usermod 5 man usermod Seems to work correctly
vim+ 3 vim/vim Will open and edit Window files it cannot create new files. Can create new linux files. Issues with colorschemes. Plugins don't work. Panes, buffers, and registers appear to be working correctly.
Visual Studio Code code && code-insider 2 Visual Studio Code Will install, but does not launch due to issues relating to Google Chrome with WSL. See: #758 Update: #2293 16275
vsftpd 3 ? Not installed with apt
wget 3 Simple commands work. Have only run basic commands
wireshark 5 wireshark Works just as expected
xfce4-terminal 5 Seems to work Perfectly 15063
startxfce4 (and all subsequent programs) 5 Everything seems to work, I didn't find anything wrong with it. 15063
xorg 4 Requires Configuration and an X server on Windows
yarn 3 yarnpkg.com Works mostly fine. Sometimes really slow due to Windows Defender (whitelisting helps). Global package installations are not always working properly. wsl performance problems yarn issue
yum 0 doesn't work at all. will segfault on yum, hangs indefinitely with yum install
youtube-dl 5 Works Perfectly
zsh 4 Simple commands work after getting listed WSL build, also checked oh-my-zsh 14393