Installing Jupyter in WSL

April 5, 2024
python, jupyter, wsl

1: Enable WSL and Install a Linux Distribution

First, ensure WSL is enabled on your Windows machine. This feature lets you run a Linux distribution alongside your Windows system. Follow Microsoft’s instructions to enable it. Head to the Microsoft Store and install a Linux distribution, like Ubuntu. You’re free to choose any that fits your requirements.

2: Update and Upgrade

After installing Linux, open the terminal and run these commands to update your system:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

3: Install Python

Python isn’t pre-installed with WSL, so let’s fix that. Use this command to install Python and pip:

sudo apt install python3 python3-pip

4: Install Jupyter

Next, install Jupyter using pip:

pip3 install jupyter

5: Set Up an Alias

Make launching Jupyter Notebook easier by setting up an alias. Run this command:

echo 'alias jupyter-notebook="~/.local/bin/jupyter-notebook --no-browser"' >> ~/.bashrc

6: Start Jupyter Notebook

Now, start Jupyter Notebook:



When you run it for the first time, you’ll see a login screen. Head back to your WSL terminal, use the token provided to set your password.

Explore Jupyter Paths

To explore where Jupyter stores its configuration files and data, run the following command:

~/.local/bin/jupyter --path

And that’s it! With these straightforward steps, you can integrate Jupyter Notebook into their Windows environment using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Happy coding!