winapps VS WSL

Compare winapps vs WSL and see what are their differences.


Run Windows apps such as Microsoft Office/Adobe in Linux (Ubuntu/Fedora) and GNOME/KDE as if they were a part of the native OS, including Nautilus integration. (by Fmstrat)


Issues found on WSL (by microsoft)
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winapps WSL
153 158
5,534 11,983
- 1.7%
5.0 5.2
23 days ago 7 days ago
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The number of mentions indicates the total number of mentions that we've tracked plus the number of user suggested alternatives.
Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
Activity is a relative number indicating how actively a project is being developed. Recent commits have higher weight than older ones.
For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of winapps. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-17.
  • Show HN: Qvm-create-windows-qube: The most secure and private way to run Windows | 2021-10-17
    My pleasure!

    That feature is currently in the works (officially speaking) for Windows 10; for Windows 7 it already exists (although it has of course been EOL for some time now).

    However, I do recall finding a report of someone successfully using WinApps ( as well as RDP running in a Linux (GNU/Linux) qube to effectively have Windows applications displayed on a window level. Security-wise it still holds up because that Linux qube, if compromised via the RDP connection, will lead to the disclosure of no additional sensitive information because it's only being used for that purpose. As long as you have ample RAM to support it, this could work very well.

  • To those that dual boot with Windows. Will you be upgrading to Windows 11?
    You can find it at -
  • We need to get WinApps working again! | 2021-10-14
    It doesn't have a license, so it's all rights reserved.
  • Can you use it for productivity? | 2021-10-13
  • How to install Microsoft office 2019?
    If u really want ms office this might be useful: I usually use Google docs which i think is better than office 365.
  • Are there any VM services which dont use the entire GUI and such?
    The best I know of right now on the open source and/or Linux side of things that works with Windows guest applications is Winapps - There's a bit of setup you'll need to do directly in the Windows VM. After that you should be able to launch the app exclusively into your Linux session.
  • There are 2 things that prevents me from going to Linux exclusively, can i overcome them?
    For both those programs it's no. But if you don't mind some extra setup you can run Winapps to run those programs anyway.
  • Windows11 Anti Spy programs | 2021-10-09
    Two, consider using Linux. Gaming on Linux is possible right now, you can run whatever software in Windows containers like if they were natives apps... Don't dual boot to Linux or you will come back to Windows, you should use Linux as the only one OS on your computer. Make VMs or containers to run Windows softwares (even a specific device that needs a specific driver, passthrough to your VM).
  • What do I need to know when installing Linux on my 2020 Intel MacBook Pro?
    Looks like they are looking for maintainers. Maybe check out some of the recommendations in the comments there? I don't really know anything about Winapps.
  • Performance issues with win10 guest in qemu kvm - how to improve | 2021-10-07
    You can use this configuration from winapps : You can't have 3d acceleration but other than that, it works very well.


Posts with mentions or reviews of WSL. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-20.
  • I couldn't debug the code because of my name | 2021-10-20
    I've also had issues putting in my full name as my username. Lots of programs do not expect spaces in the path, and I experience a lot of errors which are resolved by changing the path to not contain a space.


  • CreateProcessEntryCommon error on login
    Found some info on it here, but currently still seeing what I can get to work for me. Currently I've blanked out my starting directory parameter and am using 'wsl.exe ~ -d Ubuntu-20.04' as command line to get into my home directory.
  • WSL2 interrupt my internet connection.
    Try disabling security software (like Pulse Secure).
  • Different window managers (e.g. tiling) on Windows?
    I think what I'm looking for is something in this direction: , or
  • Working on RN on Windows - best setup?
    So I'm working on a RN app for a few months now, with a Laravel backend running on WSL2. All was fine until I started to want to use emulators for testing purpose, and not my physical device. I then started to have lots of problems, like this or that - as you can see the guy in the SO post gave a solution to run Android on a Hyper-V VM, it works but it's far from ideal.
  • The best part of Windows 11 is a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux
    Have they addressed the WSL2 network issue yet? This one. No?
    Unfortunately WSL still does not support IPv6.
  • Part of Windows 11 is a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux | 2021-10-07
    Fair enough, hopefully that gets fixed, my machine doesn’t go to sleep that often so maybe that’s why I haven’t been affected. My servers are not usually long-running, I only use them when developing so that’s probably why.

    For future reference linking to the issues page when there’s over 1.2k issues is unhelpful to the reader, you’re better off putting that list into your blog post, or just pick one that’s the most useful like I doubt the reader is going to trawl for every single issue to find the ones you’re talking about. It’s like saying “Google it yourself”. | 2021-10-07
    One issue that I've run into is that if you only bind to IPv6 in WSL, then you will only be able to access the service using IPv6 on the Windows side (i.e. ::1 works, but doesn't). OSs usually automatically bind to IPv4 whenever you bind to IPv6, but that's not the case with WSL (actually, it does bind to both, but only inside WSL, not on the Windows end). Lots of programs (like node) bind to IPv6 by default, so this can catch people off guard and they wonder why or localhost isn't working.

    Here's the github issue about it: | 2021-10-07

What are some alternatives?

When comparing winapps and WSL you can also consider the following projects:

wslg - Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios

Awesome-Linux-Software - A list of awesome applications, software, tools and other materials for Linux distros.

mkcert - A simple zero-config tool to make locally trusted development certificates with any names you'd like.

genie - A quick way into a systemd "bottle" for WSL

barrier - Open-source KVM software

photoshopCClinux - Photoshop CC v19 installer for Gnu/Linux

PhotoGIMP - A Patch for GIMP 2.10+ for Photoshop Users

vgpu_unlock - Unlock vGPU functionality for consumer grade GPUs.

linux - Linux kernel source tree

scoop - A command-line installer for Windows.

ArchWSL - ArchLinux based WSL Distribution. Supports multiple install.