How to Install Multiple Instances of WSL2
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- Windows 10 version 2004 or higher.
- Windows Terminal or PowerShell
- Ubuntu WSL tarball: Focal
Step 1: Install the latest version of WSL2
Type below command in Windows Terminal:
Step 2: Install the first instance of Ubuntu in WSL2
Also note that by using this method, you can store WSL data into any location you want, i.e. Drive D: instead of Drive C:
Replace the with the name you want to give, e.g.
Replace with the folder where you want to install the second instance of Ubuntu, i.e.
Replace with the path of the Ubuntu WSL2 image tarball you downloaded earlier.
wsl --import <Distribution Name> <Installation Folder> <Ubuntu WSL2 Image Tarball path>
To check the list of distribution installed:
Step 3: Login to the first instance of Ubuntu in WSL2
To login you need to run:
wsl -d <Distribution Name>
Step 4: Add new user
By default, you log in as root, enter below command to add new user and set password.
Replace with the username of your choice:
useradd -m -G sudo -s /bin/bash <USERNAME> passwd <USERNAME>
Next, we need to configure Ubuntu to log in as your new user instead of root.
tee /etc/wsl.conf <<_EOF [user] default=<USERNAME> _EOF
Exit, shutdown WSL and log in into Ubuntu again.
exit wsl --shutdown wsl -d <Distribution Name>
To install another instance of Ubuntu, just repeat Step 2 to 4. Enjoy!
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