X11 desktop GUI apps for Windows Subsystem for Linux

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

     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.

NOTE do NOT open a port in your firewall for X11 if asked by Windows.

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

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