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What on Earth does this do? What is it for? How can it help me?

GWSL automates the process of running X on top of WSL and over SSH:

Basically, it does a lot of stuff so you don’t have to! Maybe you’d better watch the video ↓

Here is another video showing it in action:

Wait… Why is it called GWSL? From your title it looks like it should be called TFPHIWXS. Why didn’t you call it that?

Meh… That doesn’t sound too great. GWSL stands for Graphical WSL. WSL in turn stands for Windows Subsystem for Linux. :-)

Great. But there are other XServers for Windows. Why should I use GWSL?

There are several alternative XServers for Windows 10. Some are proprietary (and costly). Some have not been updated for years.

GWSL is Open Source.

GWSL is easy to install.

GWSL Builds on the VCXSRV XServer, one of the best open source Windows Xservers. It uses VCXSRV as a backend but adds many useful features.

Minimum System Requirements

Windows 10 Version 2004 (See FAQ)


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Using GWSL

GWSL Manual

Quick Links:

Familiarizing Yourself With WSL.

Enabling WSL and Installing Distros.

Creating Start Menu Shortcuts for Linux Apps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Help and Support

Need help? Visit our help page.

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