How to launch Bash on Ubuntu on Windows from third-party application?


I've installed Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in order to Bash on Ubuntu on Windows (in the following abbreviated to “Bash”.) In cmd.exe I can run bash -c gcc --version as well as I can use cmd -k bash -c gcc --version from the start menu. However, I noticed that I cannot run the same command from third-party applications, e.g. Sublime Text or Atom.

Consider the following build system for Sublime Text and, for the moment, ignore that fact that this wouldn't build anything:

  "cmd": [ "bash", "-c" "gcc", "--version" ],
  "working_dir": "${project_path:${folder}}",
  "selector" : "source.c"

Running the build command will result into Error: 0x80070057. With legacy mode for cmd.exe enabled, the error reads Unsupported console settings. In order to use this feature the legacy mode must be disabled.

Among the other things I already tried to get it to work:

  1. Using absolute paths to bash.exe, e.g. %SystemRoot%\System32\bash.exe

  2. Run a Batch file in the build tool (content: bash -c gcc --version). Notably, the Batch file works when run from cmd.exe

  3. Change the build command to [ "cmd", "/k", "bash", "-c" "gcc", "--version"]

  4. Add "shell": true to my build file

At times the error changes to ”[bash] is not recognized as an internal or external command”, even though C:\Windows\System32 is in my path.

Is there a limitation that Bash can only be launched from cmd.exe? Are there any workarounds that would allow my to launch batch from Sublime Text?

asked on Super User Oct 28, 2016 by idleberg • edited Oct 28, 2016 by idleberg

2 Answers


I think you can give a try to this solution.

Using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) from Sublime Text

And no, it isn't necessary to replace bash with bash.exe.

answered on Super User Nov 9, 2016 by Fontinalis • edited May 23, 2017 by Community

I don't have your environment to test this, but I suggest replacing "bash" with "bash.exe". The Windows cmd.exe command requires the .exe suffix to execute the bash.exe command. The WSL command /usr/bin/bash is not the same command as the Windows command C:\Windows\System32\bash.exe.

answered on Super User Oct 29, 2016 by rhmccullough • edited Oct 29, 2016 by rhmccullough

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