This tutorial shows how to use the new Windows 10 Linux subsystem (lxss) to develop Linux applications from Visual Studio. The Linux subsystem allows running native Linux applications side-by-side with the Windows processes without installing a separate virtual machine. This improves performance and allows quickly testing out your Linux code without installing a separate operating system.
Before you begin, install VisualGDB 5.2 or later.
- Ensure that you are using 64-bit Windows 10 version 1607 or later:
- Enable the Developer mode via system settings:
- Open the “Add/Remove programs”, click “Turn windows features on or off” and enable the Windows Subsystem for Linux:
- Once the subsystem is installed, open the bash shell from the Start menu and ensure that gcc is installed. If not, you can install it by running “sudo apt-get install gcc”:
- Start Visual Studio and select File->New Project->VisualGDB->Linux Project Wizard:
- In this tutorial we will show how to create a basic new project with MSBuild. VisualGDB also supports creating projects with other build systems, importing existing projects and creating unit test projects:
- On the Computer Selection page select “Use the Windows 10 Linux Subsystem” and proceed with the default toolchain:
- When you press ‘Finish’, VisualGDB will check that the Linux Subsystem on your machine is usable and contains all necessary tools:
- When the project is created, build it via Build->Build Solution:VisualGDB will automatically convert the Windows project path to the /mnt/<drive>/path form used by the Linux subsystem and will automatically configure IntelliSense to look into Linux include directories under %LOCALAPPDATA%\lxss\rootfs.
- Set a breakpoint in main() and hit F5 to begin debugging. VisualGDB will display a warning that it could not set controlling terminal. This is normal and can be safely ignored:
- You can use the VisualGDB Project Properties window to edit various project properties, add references to test frameworks or check advanced IntelliSense settings: