Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope logo.

VcXsrv is an open-source display server for Microsoft Windows. It enables a user of the Windows operating system to run GUI programs designed for the X Window System.

Using VcXsrv with WSL

VcXsrv makes it possible to run Linux GUI programs installed with WSL, the Windows Subsystem for Linux. In bash for Windows, setting the DISPLAY environment variable allows WSL programs to use the Windows GUI. For instance, if VcXsrv is configured to use display number zero, the command DISPLAY=:0 etr would run the game Extreme Tux Racer. (To install the game, run sudo apt install extremetuxracer on Ubuntu or Debian WSL.)

VcXsrv can be downloaded for free at The source code is also mirrored on GitHub at

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