re: A Linux Dev Environment on Windows with WSL, Docker, tmux and VSCode VIEW POST


Nice video! Does the

$ code .

integration with Windows vscode ships out of the box?


Yep. I didn't add anything special.

I only added an alias for alias code="code-insiders" because I use Code Insiders but prefer typing code instead of code-insiders.

All of my Bash aliases and everything else (including VSCode config) is at


Great! Another thing I would to know is.. How did you set your desktop theme (taskbar, apps toolbar... etc) to that nice looking blue? I have been in Linux for a while so I'm not aware of Windows customization... Perhaps I'm switching to a setup similar than yours :)

The theme colors are standard Windows 10 features.

  1. Right click your desktop
  2. Choose the Personalize menu item
  3. For colors, goto the Colors tab on the left
  4. Uncheck automatically pick accent color
  5. Pick a custom color, mine is specifically #03357B (the color selector lets you input hex values if you hit More)
  6. Uncheck transparency effects
  7. Check both accent color options (start, taskbar + title bars and windows)
  8. Use light as the default app mode

Now your taskbar, start menu and all of your windows will use that custom color.
If you're happy with your set up, you can goto the Themes tab on the left and then save it as a pre-set.

I also modified VSCode's workbench colors so it matches my Windows theme. Those settings are in my dotfiles.


Hey @nickjj , it's me again.

I've been playing around with WSL and I'm very impressed about the work done there. Talking about these integration between with the Windows host and the VSCode integration, I know there are some binaries as jdk's "java" binary which can be shared from the windows installation to WSL which I find very interesting because I can use java dependent windows programs and use command line tools (mvn, openapi-tools... etc) using the same jdk installation.

In the case of node & npm, do you recommend having a single shared installation or to installit in both Windows & WSL? The idea of having it avaialble in Windows is to have the option to run node dependent apps like Hyper or NativeScript Sidekick.



I personally don't have Node installed on Windows, but it's up to you. I got rid of Hyper a while back because it was horrendously slow compared to other terminals. That adventure was documented at

But, I'm not here to rain on any parades. If you have some Node apps on Windows that benefit from having Node natively installed on Windows, then go for it.

Although with that said, I have VSCode installed on Windows but I didn't specifically install Node. I let VSCode manage its own installation.

I have dived into this setup and found an interesting behavior (a problem actually). Just opened a stackoverflow question to see if someone has done a similar setup. I have found a solution (workaround as of now, want to have other's opinion) but I'm posting it later, need some sleep.

I've never done anything like that but in your symlinks you have node.exe in the Windows path but then you put npm and npx. Shouldn't those also end with .exe?

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