2 Ways to Copy Files from Windows 10 to Windows Sub-System for Linux
Today we are going to discuss about how to copy file from your Windows 10 machine to Windows Sub-System for Linux.
Distribution Package of Windows Sub-System for Linux
First thing first, before you can even begin you have to understand where all the Linux files are placed in your Windows 10 machine. To avoid any accidental tampering Microsoft stores all you Linux files under the following hidden folder:
Here you can find your Linux distribution packages (distro) , double-click on the folder for your distribution, following is name of distribution package and folder name mapping:
|Distribution Package||Folder Name|
|openSUSE Leap 42||46932SUSE.openSUSELeap42.2_022rs5jcyhyac|
|SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12||46932SUSE.SUSELinuxEnterpriseServer12SP2_022rs5jcyhyac|
For Ubuntu which I’m using, I’ll look for CanonicalGroupLimited.UbuntuonWindows_79rhkp1fndgsc and then navigate to folder navigate to
.\LocalState\rootfs\ folder. This is the root file share where all you files are placed
Method 1 – Manual Copy-Paste
You can simply move or copy-paste files inside one of these Linux directories,
but the files won’t appear in you Windows Sub-system for Linux Bash Shell until you restart it.
Method 2 – Windows System Drive as a Mount point
Windows Sub-System for Linux provides you access to the Windows 10 system drive by mounting the
C:\ . On Linux if you go to you root directory and list all directories, then you will notice a
/mnt/c/ which is Windows 10
C:\ mounted on Linux
Now simply use copy command (
cp ) to copy files over to your Linux Subsystem.
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