How to use USB devices in Windows Subsystem for Linux #Windows #USB #Linux #WSL

Up until now, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Win10/11 hasn’t been able to use USB, limiting WSL’s ability to be used for embedded development. Ben at Microsoft posts how the networking features in both OSes can be bridged using an open source utility to finally bring some USB goodness to Linux under Windows.

I’m excited to announce that our summer intern, Nelson Daniel Troncoso Aldas, contributed changes to the open-source usbipd-win project to enable common developer USB scenarios like flashing an Arduino or accessing a smartcard reader.

To get started with this functionality, first ensure you’re running Windows 11 and have installed all WSL updates. Running uname -a from within WSL should report a kernel version of 5.10.60.1 or later. You’ll need to be running a WSL 2 distro.

Install the latest release of usbipd-win.

See the video below and more in the Microsoft blog post here


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