Windows 10’s File Explorer Is Getting Linux Files (and Tux)

Linux Tux Mascot on Windows 10Larry Ewing

Microsoft is testing a “Linux” option in the sidebar of File Explorer. If you have the Windows subsystem for Linux installed, you can easily access all your Linux files with a few clicks. This change appears in Windows 10 Insider build 19603.

This feature will be extremely useful for anyone who uses the Windows subsystem for Linux on Windows 10. It is a convenient way to run a Bash shell and other Linux utilities in an Ubuntu environment, for example. However, these Linux environments each have their own file systems. Accessing Linux files from File Explorer and other Windows applications can be complicated.

Microsoft has already made it easier to access these Linux files. For example, if Ubuntu 18.04 is installed in the WSL environment, you can plug \ wsl $ Ubuntu-18.04 into the address bar of File Explorer to access these files.

The new Linux file integration makes this even easier. Now, there is a “Linux” option in the sidebar of the file explorer, with an icon of the famous Linux mascot Tux.

A Linux option, complete with Tux, in the sidebar of File ExplorerMicrosoft

Click on it and you will see a list of your installed Linux distributions. You can browse its file system as you would any other folder on your PC. You are free to view, add, modify and delete files in the Linux environment from here.

Viewing Linux distribution files in File ExplorerMicrosoft

This change is part of a Windows 10 Insider preview to build. These versions of Windows 10 are under development and Microsoft may remove this functionality or change the way it works during the development process.

This new feature will likely appear in stable versions of Windows 10 in October or November 2020 at the earliest.

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