Mintty as a terminal for Bash on Ubuntu on Windows / WSL.
Run the installer to install
- wsltty package components (see below) in the user’s application folder (where WSL is also installed)
- an empty wsltty “home directory” to enable storage of a mintty config file
- Start Menu and Desktop shortcuts to start a WSL bash (with some variations, see below)
- optional context menu entries for Windows Explorer to start a WSL bash in the respective folder
- install/uninstall context menu items from Start Menu subfolder
wsl*.batscripts to invoke wsltty manually (with some variations and invocation options, see below)
- an uninstall script that can be invoked manually to remove shortcuts and context menu entries
Command line scripts
WSLtty installs the following scripts in its application folder
wsl.batto start a WSL bash in the current folder/directory
wsl~.batto start a WSL bash in the WSL user home
wsl-l.batto start a WSL login bash
To enable invocation of these scripts from WIN+R or from cmd.exe,
copy them from
renaming them as desired.
(The package does not do this to avoid trouble with missing admin privileges.)
Start Menu and Desktop shortcuts
The Start Menu subfolder WSLtty offers three shortcuts:
WSL Bash % in Minttyto start a WSL bash in the Windows %USERPROFILE% home
WSL Bash ~ in Minttyto start a WSL bash in the WSL user home
WSL Bash -l in Minttyto start a WSL login bash
To ensure a login bash to start in your Linux home directory,
cd command to your
$HOME/.profile on Linux side.
Mintty can maintain its configuration file in various locations, with the following precedence:
- file given with mintty option
Note that the
%APPDATA%\mintty\config option provides the possibility
to maintain common mintty settings for various installations (like
wsltty, Cygwin, MinGW/msys, Git for Windows, MinEd for Windows).
To invoke your favourite shell, simply replace
/bin/bash with its pathname
in the Desktop shortcuts,
wsl*.bat invocation scripts,
or Explorer context menu commands (configured in
For interacting with WSL, it uses wslbridge.