From Microsoft Store

Open Store and search distro like Ubuntu or Debian.

Choose your distro and install it, you will have access from Start menu to define your username and password.


If don't want to install anything for Store, you can choose some other options.

Without Microsoft Store

From CLI

Find list of all distros

wsl --list --online

Lists all available Linux distributions that you may install using the wsl command. Currently, these are:

  • Ubuntu: Ubuntu
  • Debian: Debian GNU/Linux
  • kali-linux: Kali Linux Rollin
  • openSUSE-42: openSUSE Leap 42
  • SLES-12 SUSE: Linux Enterprise Server v12
  • Ubuntu-16.04: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu-18.04: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu-20.04: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install your distro

wsl --install -d <DistroName>

With appx

You can download any distro in .appx format to install it.


You can manually download distros from


To find distro name, check link of each distro on, some examples here:

  • wslubuntu2004
  • wsl-debian-gnulinux

Example with Ubuntu 20.04

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri -OutFile Ubuntu.appx -UseBasicParsing

Example with Ubuntu 20.04

curl.exe -L -o Ubuntu.appx

Install .appx

Add-AppxPackage .\Ubuntu.appx