Windows 10 Ubuntu bash failing to install packages. Whenever I try install new package with below command, getting same error.

root@VASI-HOME-PC:/mnt/c/Users/vadap# apt-get install atom
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package atom

This is not just with atom pacakge but i tried installing other packages like pip as well and received same error.

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    The error message you received, indicates Atom is required, which means the package you are trying to install has a GUI. That isn't going to be supported by WSl out of the box. In other words, you are not going to be able to install any package, that requires Atom. – Ramhound Sep 19 '18 at 19:25
  • @Ramhound I have tried to install pip and few other packages. I have received the same error. Does it mean all of them had GUI ? – Devoloper250 Sep 20 '18 at 15:59

The error you're getting is because "atom" isn't part of the default packages, but WSL does not support graphical applications like Atom so it would never work anyway.

I would recommend installing it for Windows which is available from their website atom.io.

To make sure a package is actually in the package system you can use apt search <whatever> or for a simpler output apt-cache search <whatever>.

NOTE: Do not do the following, but for completeness sake I'll add how to actually install it:

You need to add the atom repository with the following command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/atom

After that you can install it by first updating the search cache with apt-get update and then installing the package with apt-get install atom.


Executed below 2 commands and then I was able to install the packages.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install python3-pip

Source - https://linuxize.com/post/how-to-install-pip-on-ubuntu-18.04/

  • This answer is unlikely to be well recieved, unless you provide the relevant information from the link, like what you actually did in the body of the answer. – Ramhound Sep 20 '18 at 18:24
  • Thank you @Ramhound . I have updated the steps executed and later I was able to install the packages like pip. – Devoloper250 Sep 20 '18 at 18:37

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