Andrew Jorgensen
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Amazon Linux 2022 on WSL2

Like almost any Linux distribution that has a container image available, you can run Amazon Linux 2022 on the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This guide assumes you've installed and configured WSL2 and already have something like Debian running under it.


Until AL2022 is available at (or more likely we'll be pulling it from Amazon ECR Public. When it is on the CDN you won't need another Linux and can instead download the archive directly.

I found it convenient to use Skopeo (sudo apt install skopeo) rather than setup Docker.
This downloads the latest 2022 image from ECR to al2022/:

skopeo copy docker:// dir:al2022

Notice the blob hash in the output:

Getting image source signatures
Copying blob 3cef325a7204 done
Copying config 353840340a done
Writing manifest to image destination
Storing signatures

Copy the blob out to somewhere Windows can see it (note that the hash changes when the image is updated):

cp al2022/3cef325a7204* /mnt/c/amazonlinux-2022.tar.gz


From PowerShell or Command Line, import the image into WSL (you may want to choose a different InstallLocation than I have here):

wsl --import AL2022 'C:\WSL\AL2022' 'C:\amazonlinux-2022.tar.gz'

Assuming that succeeded you can log in (as root):

wsl --distribution AL2022


If you want an unprivileged user instead, you'll need to add one and set a password (the --groups wheel option makes it so this user can use sudo):

useradd --comment User --create-home --user-group --groups wheel user
passwd user

To configure WSL to use that user by default, you also need to create an /etc/wsl.conf file with the following content:

default = user

Log out, terminate the VM, and start it again. This time you should be logged in as the user you created earlier:

wsl --terminate AL2022
wsl --distribution AL2022

To get it to show up under Windows Terminal you might need to stop WSL or reboot:

wsl --shutdown


If you've got WSLg installed you can even install a GUI application and run it from AL2022. Since it doesn't have many GUI applications yet, you could install and run one using flatpak:

sudo dnf install flatpak
flatpak install --user --from
flatpak run --user org.gnome.TwentyFortyEight

GNOME 2048 on AL2022 on WSL2