When running 'Bash on Ubuntu on Windows' it often generates the Windows notification sound while typing. Common causes are when:

  • I use auto-complete for commands (tab) and there are multiple command options,
  • or when I backspace an already empty command line.

How do I disable these sound effects?


The answer given by Wouter works better overall once set up, but it can be slightly confusing to get working as the correct option doesn't always appear. Follow these steps:

  • Right click the volume control in the Windows taskbar
  • Open the Volume Mixer
  • Open the Bash on Windows console
  • Do something to trigger the console making the notification sound (e.g. press backspace on an empty line). If you've disabled the notification using the alternative method below, you'll have to undo it.
  • Now a Console Window Host option should have appeared in the Volume Mixer (you might have to scroll right)
  • Mute its sound setting

Volume mixer with Console Window Hos

Previous/alternative method

You can simply run the following command from within your Windows Bash shell [source]:

echo "set bell-style none" >> ~/.inputrc

or else edit .inputrc manually with a text-editor to add set bell-style none on it's own line.

You'll need to restart your currently open bash shell before it takes affect.

This will only work for your current user, and won't help if you ssh into other accounts (unless you run that command again for each account).

  • 3
    What's the difference between putting set bell-style none in inputrc vs putting bind "set bell-style none" in .bashrc? Is one preferable to the other? – Jim Sep 5 '16 at 21:02
  • The latter is preferable as it's a user-configured override file and won't be subject to overwrite due to updates on the distribution version. – AvatarKava Feb 19 '17 at 7:01
  • For some reason, when I type Python and I'm in the Python shell, the beep still goes off. Is there any way to fix this setting for the Python interpreter as well? – Pro Q Jun 18 '18 at 18:58
  • Please note that the only way to remove the insane sound delay -- that pauses and stalls the entire shell for seconds if you have a fast keyboard repeat rate and it is processing dozens of Backspaces -- is to terminate the sound from being triggered at all. Muting your speaker will not do the job. – Jason Doucette Apr 3 at 6:25

Add this to ~/.inputrc

set bell-style none

Additionally for vi, add this to ~/.vimrc

set visualbell
set t_vb=
  • It only work for the server were you are, if you need to connect to multiple server, you'll have to do the same on every server... – frank Nov 7 '18 at 19:23
  • @frank .inputrc and .vimrc are user specific, not specific to a host. Are you logging in as different user? – Nemo Nov 8 '18 at 15:07

Another way is to open the Volume Mixer by right clicking on the volume control in the Windows taskbar and mute the Console.

  • Thank you! This was way more effective for me than the top answer. Even if you edit the local .inputrc, you'll still get beeps when you ssh into remote hosts (unless you put in the effort to propagate your .inputrc everywhere). – choover Aug 16 '16 at 10:36

Those using Windows Terminal, simply go to settings:

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Select the profile you want to stop the bell on:

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Set the bell style to none:

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Corresponding changes in the JSON settings file:

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Worked on Windows Terminal Preview v1.7.572.0.


If you would like to just change the sound to something less annoying instead of disabling it completely, you can go to Change system sounds from Start Menu (or under Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Sound) and change the Critical Stop sound to something like "Windows Default" or "Windows Ding".

Note that this will affect any other Windows program, or Windows itself, which uses the same sound effect. I'm not able to find a good list of which actions/notifications use that sound by default.

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