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WSL (WSL 2) - Windows Subsystem for Linux - is a compatibility layer for running Linux binary executables natively on Windows 10. Currently, it supports several Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and SLES.

Configure WSL

  1. Download and install a WSL distribution (for instance, Ubuntu) from Microsoft Store.

    For this step, be sure to use Windows 10 with the latest “Fall Creators Update” (minimum version 1709, build 16299.15). See the official guide Install the Windows Subsystem for Linux for instructions.

    To work with WSL 2, your Windows version should be 10 build 18917 or later. Follow these instructions to switch the distributive.

    Note that GoLand does not support legacy WSL, which you may have installed before upgrading your system to the build 16299.15 or later of Windows 10. In this case, you need to update your WSL distribution.

  2. Run Ubuntu.

    Upon the first launch of Ubuntu, the system may prompt you to enable the Windows optional feature. In this case, you need to do the following:

    • Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator and run

      Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

    • Restart your computer.

  3. From your home directory, download the tarball.

    wget https://dl.google.com/go/go1.16.linux-amd64.tar.gz
  4. Extract the archive to /usr/local.

    tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.16.linux-amd64.tar.gz

  5. In your home directory (cd ~ ), create the go folder.

    mkdir go
  6. Configure GOPATH and GOROOT.

    export GOROOT=/usr/local/go
    export GOPATH=$HOME/go
    export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin

You can create a project and store it in the WSL environment, open one from the WSL file system, and develop your projects further in WSL.

Create a new project in the WSL file system

  1. Install the needed JDK to the WSL environment using your favorite SDK manager.

  2. On the welcome screen, click New Project.

  3. Click the Browse button (the Browse button) and navigate to the directory where you want to create a new project.

    In the Select Base Directory dialog, you can click the New Folder button (the New Folder icon) to create a folder for a project.

    The project location for WSL will show the absolute path starting with \\wsl$ to the WSL file system.

  4. Click Create.

    GoLand creates a project located in WSL and you can develop and build your project inside the WSL environment without leaving the IDE.

    create project folder in wsl

Open a project stored in the WSL file system

In GoLand, you can directly open a project stored in the WSL file system and work with it like with any other project.

  • Click the Browse button (the Browse button) and navigate to the directory in the WSL file system that you want to open. Also, you can type the path to the \\wsl$ project location manually.

    open existing project in wsl
Last modified: 31 March 2021