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Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS for Windows Subsystem for Linux (Install)

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Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS for Windows Subsystem for Linux (Install)

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

This package has a dependency on the wsl package which in turn requires an exemption since it's a Windows10/Server2016 only package


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files


To install Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS for Windows Subsystem for Linux (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS for Windows Subsystem for Linux (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS for Windows Subsystem for Linux (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade wsl-ubuntu-1604 -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade wsl-ubuntu-1604 -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure wsl-ubuntu-1604 installed
    name: wsl-ubuntu-1604
    state: present
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'wsl-ubuntu-1604' do
  action    :install
  version  ''
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: wsl-ubuntu-1604,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller wsl-ubuntu-1604
   Name     = 'wsl-ubuntu-1604'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = ''
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'wsl-ubuntu-1604':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install wsl-ubuntu-1604 version="" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 17 Oct 2018.


This packages installs Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (xenial) for Windows Subsystem for Linux


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# Ubuntu-1604 doesn't support being silently installed. This script kludges it.
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
$packageName    = 'wsl-ubuntu-1604'
$toolsDir       = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$url            = ''
$checksum       = '24F2926D359B6ABAE595CDA7300AEDC567C294777D4BFC8AACC0E6598DB9680A'
$unzipLocation  = "$toolsDir\wslfiles"

# When Chocolatey moves the package files in the lib directory to lib-bkp upon upgrade it will cause a 
# disconnection between WSL and the registered location of the WSL distribution files. 
# It was considered to unregister the distribution and reinstall, but anything created, installed, or upgraded 
# in the current distribution's filesystem would be lost. Decided: Best to abort. 
if (Test-Path $env:ChocolateyInstall\lib-bkp\$packageName){
   Write-Warning "  * Upgrades are not supported. Please uninstall and reinstall the package."
   Write-Warning "  * Consider pinning this package to avoid attempted package updates and preserve your configuration:"
   Write-Warning "  * ""choco pin add -n=$packageName"""
#New-Item $unzipLocation -type directory | out-null

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName    = $packageName
  unzipLocation  = $unzipLocation
  fileType       = 'ZIP' 
  url            = $url
  checksum       = $checksum
  checksumType   = 'sha256'

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs

# run Ubuntu-1604 installer in a new window
Set-Location -Path $unzipLocation
Start-Process ubuntu.exe

Write-Host "  **********************************************************************************" -foreground magenta
Write-Host "  * When you see ""Installation successful!"" in the other window, you may close it. *" -foreground magenta
Write-Host "  * Otherwise, just wait up to 25 seconds and it will close automatically.         *" -foreground magenta
Write-Host "  * Unsuccessful installs will abort and close automatically after 15 minutes.     *" -foreground magenta
Write-Host "  **********************************************************************************" -foreground magenta

# Make sure Ubuntu-1604 starts setting up and doesn't give an error
Start-Sleep -Seconds 5
if (Test-Path $unzipLocation\rootfs)
# wait for Ubuntu-1604 installer to finish extracting files
    while (!(Test-Path $unzipLocation\rootfs\var\tmp)){
           Start-Sleep -Seconds 15
# break out of the loop after 15 minutes in case of error
		   if ($LoopMePlease -gt 60) { 
	          Write-Warning "Something went wrong. Possibly Ubuntu-1604 already installed or corrupt."
			  wslconfig /list
    } else {
	  Write-Warning "Something went wrong. Possibly you haven't rebooted since enabling WSL."

# wait 10 more seconds to make sure the files IN rootfs\var\tmp get extracted
if (!($SomethingWentWrong)) {Start-Sleep -Seconds 10}

# terminate ubuntu.exe ~when it hits the "Enter new UNIX username:" prompt (meaning installation has finished)
Start-CheckandStop "ubuntu"
Start-CheckandStop "wsl"

if ($SomethingWentWrong) {throw}

Install-BinFile -Name Ubuntu1604 -Path "$unzipLocation\ubuntu.exe"
# The normal prompting for creation of a default user and password is bypassed (aborted) by this script,
# necessitated for automated install.
Write-Host "  ** root is the default user upon running WSL/Ubuntu." -foreground magenta
wslconfig /list
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
$packageName    = 'wsl-ubuntu-1604'

wslconfig /unregister Ubuntu
wslconfig /list

Uninstall-BinFile -Name Ubuntu1604

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