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Setting up your Windows Development Environment

Installing the Linux Subsystem for Windows

The Linux Subsystem for Windows allows us to run all of the open source tools we would normally run on an OS X or Linux environment directly on your Windows 10 machine.

The requirements are:

  • 64-Bit version of Windows 10

Step 1 - Install Git for Windows

We also need to install Git in Windows so our editor can use it.

Download and RUN the installer Git for Windows.

NOTES: - It will ask you about your path variable, I recommend selecting the third option use git and optional unix tools. This will allow git to be used in your terminal

NOTES: - Also choose "Visual Studio Code" as your default editor

To configure Git to know who you are, we need to teach it your email address and your full name.

To enter this configuration, start by typing 'PowerShell' into the windows search bar, and click on the "Windows Powershell - Desktop App" entry

mkdir C:\home

$Name = Read-Host -Prompt 'Type in your name as you used at GitHub: '
$Email = Read-Host -Prompt 'Type in the email address you used at GitHub: '
git config --global hub.protocol https
git config --global "$Name"
git config --global "$Email"

Exit this PowerShell

Step 2 - Install/Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux

  • Enter 'PowerShell' in the windows search bar, find 'Windows Powersell' and right click and select "Run As administrator"
  • Once the PowerShell window opens, enter the following:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
  • This might take a while depending on the speed of your computer.

Step 2 - Install Ubuntu

  • Open a browser and navigate to


  • Click on the Ubuntu logo

choose ubuntu

  • Click on the Get button. Wait for the download to complete and then click Launch


Step 3 - Follow prompts for first time run

The screen will say "Installing, this may take a few minutes..."

When the prompt indicates Enter new UNIX username: enter a lowercase and no-spaces version of your first initial and last name. When the prompt indicates Enter new UNIX password: enter the same password as your windows password When the prompt indicates Retype new UNIX password: retype your password

Once you receive a prompt:

echo \\\n
UFMxPSdcW1xlWzM2bVx3XF0gXFtcZVszM21cXVxb \\\n
XGVbMW1cXSQoZ2l0IGJyYW5jaCAyPi9kZXYvbnVs \\\n
bCB8IHNlZCAicy8qIFwoLipcKS9cMSAvIikkIFxb \\\n
XGVbMG1cXScKCiMtLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0t \\\n
LS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tCiMgUnVi \\\n
eSBHZW0gZW5zdXJlIHBhdGgKIy0tLS0tLS0tLS0t \\\n
LS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0t \\\n
LS0KZ2VtIGVudiBnZW1kaXIgMj4vZGV2L251bGwg \\\n
JiYgZXhwb3J0IFBBVEg9IiQoZ2VtIGVudiBnZW1k \\\n
aXIpL2JpbjokUEFUSCIK | base64 -d >> ~/.bash_profile

echo "cd" >> ~/.bash_profile

sudo sed -i "s#/home/$\{USER\}#/mnt/c/home#g" /etc/passwd

mv .??* /mnt/c/home

Exit the Ubuntu environment.

Restart the Ubuntu environment.

sudo apt update

Configure Git for Linux

sudo apt install git

and then

  echo -n "Type in your name as you used at GitHub: " && read name
  echo -n "Type in the email address you used at GitHub: " && read email

  git config --global "${name}"
  git config --global "${email}"


sudo apt install --no-install-recommends nodejs npm

When complete, continue with:

mkdir ~/.npm-global
npm config set prefix '~/.npm-global'
echo "export PATH=~/.npm-global/bin:\$PATH" >> ~/.bash_profile
source ~/.bash_profile


npm install -g yarn


Before continuing, please sign up for an account with Netlify

Once you have your account created, run the following command in the terminal.

npm install -g netlify-cli


tar -xf hub-linux-amd64-2.7.1.tgz
cd hub-linux-amd64-2.7.1
sudo ./install

App App

npm install -g app-app


sudo apt install trash-cli

Installing Ruby

To be installed prior to Unit-3 for Ruby students

Step 1 - Install chruby

sudo apt install make
wget -O chruby-0.3.9.tar.gz
tar -xzvf chruby-0.3.9.tar.gz
cd chruby-0.3.9/
sudo make install
sudo ./scripts/

NOTE You may be prompted to close this window and rerun the Ubuntu program.

Step 2 - Install ruby-install

wget -O ruby-install-0.7.0.tar.gz
tar -xzvf ruby-install-0.7.0.tar.gz
cd ruby-install-0.7.0/
sudo make install

Step 3 - Install Ruby 2.6.1

sudo apt update
ruby-install ruby-2.6.1

Step 4 - Make Ruby 2.6.1 your default

echo 'ruby-2.6.1' > ~/.ruby-version
echo 'chruby ruby-2.6.1' | tee -a ~/.profile

Step 5 - Ensure irb is installed

chruby ruby-2.6.1
gem install irb

Step 6 - Ensure irb is configured

[ -f ~/.irbrc ] || > ~/.irbrc
gem install awesome_print

Step 6 - Validate Ruby install

  • Close your Ubuntu window
  • Start a new Ubuntu window
  • Type ruby -v
  • The output should include 2.6.1