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Install Bun on WSL

Bun(https://bun.sh) is a new JavaScript runtime with a native bundler, transpiler, task runner and NPM client built-in. Bun is superfast compared to NodeJS.

Enable WSL from Windows Features

To turn on the Windows Subsystem for Linux feature, click the checkbox like this:

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Install Linux Distro

  • To work with WSL, you should have installed at least one distro on your computer.

To install Ubuntu, Run this:

winget install -e --id Canonical.Ubuntu
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If you want to install any other distro, you can get it here by searching; https://winget.run/

After installed, To check all the available distros, run this:

wsl --list
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  • If you get any error, just update the wsl by running wsl --update. And install the distro again.

Install Bun

After setting up the Unix admin for the respective distro, run this(in your WSL terminal, not in CMD):

curl https://bun.sh/install | bash
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If there's any error occurs while unzipping, install the unzip package like this:

sudo apt install unzip
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Now you can unzip it, and the installation will be done in seconds.

To check the installed Bun version, run this:

bun -version
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Try React on Bun

To scrutinize the specialty of Bun, we'll try installing React via Bun.

The following command will create a React project inside the myapp folder.

bun create react ./myapp
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Installed path will be like this: wsl.localhost\Ubuntu\home\USER\myapp

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To start the React app, run these commands:

cd myapp
bun dev
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Now you can see your React app by navigating to http://localhost:3000.

All this can take significantly less time than NodeJS. That's the magic what Bun can do.

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