I've installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on my computer.

I would like to know where the /root directory in Bash prompt is within Windows?

I would like to be able to write files in Bash that are accessible from Windows too

i.e.- If I do:

touch /root/foo

Where do I go to access foo in My PC

  • Did you Google first?
    – phuclv
    Aug 6, 2016 at 8:52
  • @LưuVĩnhPhúc yes, and all I could find were articles about where the C drive is located inside the Bash script, but nothing the other way around
    – Patrick
    Aug 6, 2016 at 20:09
  • really? I copied your question into Google and this appears on top
    – phuclv
    Aug 7, 2016 at 14:26
  • Possible duplicate of How to access linux/Ubuntu files from Windows 10 WSL?
    – Bob
    Aug 28, 2019 at 4:59
  • (I am suggesting to close as dupe in reverse-chronological order as the other question is both more general and has far better and more up-to-date answers.)
    – Bob
    Aug 28, 2019 at 5:00

4 Answers 4


I believe this link will answer your question:


In short:




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    rootfs is deceiving. There's nothing in the home dir inside there, it's actually at `C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\lxss\home`.
    – mpen
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:03
  • @mpen as the same for me , this is not true path.
    – Yuseferi
    Aug 26, 2017 at 10:24

The folder changed again:


  • Please do not post the same answer to multiple questions. If the same information really answers both questions, then one question (usually the newer one) should be closed as a duplicate of the other. You can indicate this by voting to close it as a duplicate or, if you don't have enough reputation for that, raise a flag to indicate that it's a duplicate. Otherwise tailor your answer to this question and don't just paste the same answer in multiple places.
    – DavidPostill
    Sep 15, 2017 at 6:13

In my case, running last windows update (creators fall) with ubuntu upgraded, the files are still in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\lxss\ but the lxss directory became "invisible". However, just editing the path at the top of the windows explorer manually make it work


Accessing the WSL file-system from within Windows is not supported. As soon as you do anything more than just reading those files from within the Windows environment, things will go wrong.

But the following part of the question is not impossible and easily supported, so I'll answer this:

I would like to be able to write files in Bash that are accessible from Windows too

You can't (should not) access the Linux filesystem from within Windows, but you can quite easily access the Windows file-system from within WSL. You will find all your fixed lettered Windows NTFS drives mounted under /mnt/*, so your "C-Drive" is mounted on /mnt/c, and so on.

For example your Windows home user path will be something like /mnt/c/Users/<usernamehere>

Mounting removable drives

You can mount some filesystems yourself: MSDN Blog

sudo mkdir /mnt/sdcard
sudo mount -t drvfs U: /mnt/sdcard

Note that the actual filesystem is in this case was exFAT, so you just use drvfs as long as Windows can read the actual file system.

More info

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