Microsoft Bringing The Bash Shell To Windows 10 With Anniversary Update

It seems Microsoft is reaching out to Linux developers in a different way that the company never has before. By adding a linux command line to its latest operating system, Build isn’t the kind of place you expect to see the Bash shell running on Windows 10, but alas, that’s exactly what happend, which we didn’t expect to be done.


“The Bash Shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows 10,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo on during the Build 2016 keynote. Bash coming to Windows is huge news for developers, and only for developers, we mean it. The announcement however received an uproarious applause from the crowd, with a good reason, too, because while Microsoft does have its own server architecture and systems that run on top of it, Linux and the Bash shell are synonymous with much of the world’s back-end systems. The new Bash functionality will be enabled as part of this summer’s Windows 10 Anniversay Update. Bash native to Windows is a big deal, and people who wanted to run Bash shells could do so before now, this is the first time Windows maker has blessed such a thing, and it’s native.

Although this is not a VM or not-cross-compiled tools. This is native. With that said, Microsoft has partnered with Conanical to bring Bash to Windows, it’s because it is the company behind Ubuntu. To offer this great experience, which will be available to download right from the Windows Store, “this is a genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use,” said Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman in a blog spot on the subject. It’s that consitently, allowing Windows 10 users to take advantage of the same Ubuntu tools and environment they need in order to get work done, that even makes this announcement so huge.


Bash on Windows is big news for power-users and, as Steve Balmer might have said, “developers, developers, developers.”

Third-party tools have already enabled this sort of Bash of things for years, but with a direct collaboration between Microsoft + Canonical should betterly offer even more flexibility and convenience for developers who prefer using these binaries and tool kits.

Most people using Windows 10 won’t ever know that Bash is available to them, and those that really need it will certainly make good use of it. Naturally, they’ll have to wait a little while, though, with Bash coming as part of this summers’s Anniversary Update for Windows at free-of-charge.

Microsoft has posted a very in-depth video covering Bash on Windows, which we’ve embedded at the top of this article. Detailed!

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