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Windows 10 File Explorer Receives Files on Linux (and Tux)

Windows 10 File Explorer Receives Files on Linux (and Tux)

Microsoft is testing a «Linux» option for the File Explorer sidebar. If you have plumber Windows subsystem for Linux, you can easily access all Linux files with just a few clicks. This change appears in Windows 10 Insider build 19603.

This feature will be extremely useful for anyone using 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, each of these Linux environments has its own file systems. Accessing Linux files in File Explorer and other Windows applications can be difficult.

Microsoft has already made those Linux files easy to access. For example, if you have Ubuntu 18.04 installed in the WSL environment, you can log in \ wsl $ Ubuntu-18.04 to the File Explorer address bar to access those files.

The new integration of Linux files makes it even easier. Now, there is a «Linux» option in the File Explorer sidebar, complete with an icon of the famous Linux Tux mascot.

A Linux option, complete with Tux, in the File Explorer sidebar

Click on it and you will see a list of installed Linux distributions. You can browse the file system just like any other folder on your computer. From here you can view, add, edit and delete files in the Linux environment.

View Linux distribution files in File Explorer

This change is part of a compilation of Windows 10 Preview from the inside. These versions of Windows 10 are under development, and Microsoft may remove this feature or change the way it works during the development process.

This new feature will likely appear in stable versions of Windows 10 as early as October or November 2020.