X11 desktop GUI apps for Windows Subsystem for Linux

  1. install Xming X11 server
  2. add to your WSL ~/.bashrc

     DISPLAY=:0.0
     export DISPLAY
    
  3. To run any X11 Linux GUI app in WSL, start Xming first from Windows. You don’t have to do this before starting WSL.

This works great with gedit, meld and other favorite Linux apps on Windows Subsystem for Linux.