Installing Perl on WSL 2

WSL 2 is Windows Subsystem for Linux. You can install Linux on Windows using WSL 2. And you can use Perl.

Installing WSL 2

Let's intall WSL 2. Run the following command on Windows Command Prompt.

# Install WSL 2
wsl --install

Ubuntu is installed by default.

Reboot Windows to enable WSL2.

Take a few minutes.

You see the following messages.

User Name

Installing, this may take a few minutes...

Please create a default UNIX user account. The username does not need to match your Windows username.
For more information visit:
Enter new UNIX username:

I enter the following user name as an example.


By right-clicking on Ubuntu terminal, you can paste the user name.


Next, set password.

The setup of Ubuntu is completed.

Boot Ubuntu

Let's boot Ubuntu.

"Start Menu" | "Ubuntu"

Checking the installation of Perl

Perl is installed by default on Ubuntu. Let's check the installation of Perl.

perl -v

The version of Perl is displayed.

This is perl 5, version 30, subversion 0 (v5.30.0) built for x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi

Show files using Explore

You can see files on Ubuntu by the following path. \\wsl$ is root directory of WSL 2.


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