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27 Sep 2022

How to access WSL's files from Windows explorer

I was looking for where Docker stores its volumes on a Windows machine. Looking at this answer on Stack Overflow, I realized that if you type “\\wsl$\” in your Windows explorer, you can browse all files inside your WSL instances.

How cool, huh?

WSL instances on the Windows file explorer

Btw: Docker volumes are in:

  • \\wsl$\docker-desktop-data\data\docker\volumes (Docker Engine v20.10.16)
  • \\wsl$\docker-desktop-data\version-pack-data\community\docker\volumes\ (Docker Engine v19.03)

See you next time.