X11 desktop GUI apps for Windows Subsystem for Linux

Related: Install Windows Subsystem for Linux

Linux X11 GUI programs including geany, meld, and Spyder work great on Windows Subsystem for Linux. Install a Windows X11 server to enable graphical Linux applications on Windows as follows:

  1. install Xming X11 server
  2. add to WSL ~/.bashrc

    export DISPLAY
  3. To run any X11 Linux GUI app in WSL, start Xming first from Windows. You don’t have to do this before starting WSL.

NOTE do NOT open a port in your firewall for X11 if asked by Windows.