I have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS WSL in y Windows 10 pro. To set graphic user interface in Linux bash shell I installed XLaunch. But to use GUI in my WSL for every login in my pc I need to launch XLaunch. Is it possible some how to launch XLaunch once and it remains as long as I use bash shell in windows 10.



Let have some background first. To configure general X11 connection, we have to set the DISPLAY variable in WSL with this command export DISPLAY=:0. Also don't forget to use this export LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT=1 command which enables direct rendering. If these were done then go to the next step: configuring VcxSrv.

VcxSrv has many command line options (XWin man page). You can get the option details with vcxsrv.exe --help command. For WSL, mainly three options are required (can be changed).

Run the server in multiwindow mode.

Enable [disable] the clipboard integration. Default is enabled.

Enable the GLX extension to use the native Windows WGL interface for hardware-accelerated OpenGL.

The command will be: vcxsrv.exe :0 -multiwindow -clipboard -wgl.

Now the final step is to launch it before WSL launches. There may be multiple ways to do this. Here I mention two of them.

  1. Create a shortcut with that previous command. You should mention the full path in that command. e.g. E:\VcXSrv\vcxsrv.exe :0 -multiwindow -clipboard -wgl. Here is a screenshot.


Then put that shortcut in %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup folder to automatically start VcxSrv when PC boots up.

  1. Another way is to add the full command in registry with this command as administrator:
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /V VcxSrv /D "E:\VcXSrv\vcxsrv.exe :0 -multiwindow -clipboard -wgl"

Follow any one of the above two methods, not both. VcxSrv.exe will launch when you restart your PC.

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  • Method #2 doesn't work for me while method #1 does work, but it doesn't prevent the settings screen for VcxSrv from opening on start up. I cannot find an option to prevent that from happening. Does anyone know how to do that? VcxSrv – Finncent Price Dec 31 '19 at 19:41
  1. Open %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup in File Explorer

  2. Create there a new file named config.xlaunch with the following content:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <XLaunch WindowMode="MultiWindow" ClientMode="NoClient" LocalClient="False" Display="0" LocalProgram="xcalc" RemoteProgram="xterm" RemotePassword="" PrivateKey="" RemoteHost="" RemoteUser="" XDMCPHost="" XDMCPBroadcast="False" XDMCPIndirect="False" Clipboard="True" ClipboardPrimary="False" ExtraParams="" Wgl="True" DisableAC="True" XDMCPTerminate="False"/>
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A shortcut with the following command line works for me:

"C:\Program Files\VcXsrv\vcxsrv.exe" -ac -terminate -lesspointer -nodecoration -clipboard -wgl

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  • When I do that I can start XFCE4 but although the keyboard works and I see the desktop and the mouse moves, mouse clicks are ignored. Suggestions? – Mike Slinn Jul 17 at 1:41
  • @Richard can you please edit your answer to clarify how it is different from the other answer? More specifically what those extra arguments are for (-ac -terminate -lesspointer -nodecoration)? – Marco Lackovic Jul 24 at 7:10

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