How To Run Linux Software On Windows

Linux users often use the softwares such as Wine to run Windows applications on the Linux desktop. For users who are looking for a better development environment with powerful command-line tools can run Linux software on Windows without even leaving it. Following are the options for running Linux software on Windows.


Cygwin will give you a Linux-like terminal and command-line environment with several command-line programs. It is the best tool for the users missing vital Linux utilities on Windows.

Virtual Machine Applications:

Virtual machines permit you to run any operating system in a window on your desktop. You can install the free VirtualBox or VMware Player, then download an ISO file for a Linux distribution for instance Ubuntu. Install that Linux distribution inside the virtual machine that you would to install it on your machine.

If you want to boot up your Linux system, you can do it in a window on your desktop. No need for rebooting and leaving behind all your Windows programs.

Linux Programs In Windows Environment:

Various Linux programs have already been adapted to Windows and the compiled versions have been made available online like Emacs. If you want to get a specific Linux application to run on Windows, then just type the name of the app in the search engine followed by “Windows”.

coLinux-based Distributions:

coLinux denotes Cooperative Linux. It’s a method to natively run Linux along with the Windows kernel in a way that offers much faster performance than just running Linux in a virtual machine.


Wubi is a Windows-based installer for Ubuntu, which installs the software on the Windows operating system. It means that installer allows you to run Ubuntu Linux on a Windows machine without actually having to install a second operating system.

It creates a special file on your Windows partition and uses that file as your Ubuntu drive. This means that you can install Ubuntu and use it without any partitioning and you can uninstall Ubuntu from the Windows Control Panel when you’re done.

The performance won’t be quite as good as a standard installation process of Linux system, but it should be better than a virtual machine.

The andLinux:

The andLinux tool is a complete Ubuntu Linux system designed to run on all modern, 32-bit Windows operating such as like XP and Vista.

The andLinux application loads the full Linux kernel, and it does make you look like all Linux apps are running natively on Windows.

Bottom Line:

The users who want a complete Linux experience will probably go for virtual machine, while users with shell utilities may choose Cygwin. Others who want to run a single program may prefer that program ported to Windows.

If you are using other methods to install or run Linux Software on Windows platform, then please share with us.

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