Start a WSL Distribution

In this blog post, we will learn how to start a WSL Linux distribution that is not running and start using it.

Check Status

The first check-in starting a WSL distribution is to check if it is offline or online by running the following command.

wsl --list -v

The output below shows that my Ubuntu WSL distribution is offline.

  NAME            STATE           VERSION
* Ubuntu-20.04    Stopped         1

Start Distribution

To start my Ubuntu distribution I will run the followonig command.

wsl -d Ubuntu-20.04

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