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Add USB Device Support

This ask is specifically for adding USB Device support to WSL - i.e. exposing USB busses and devices to the OS.

This is NOT an ask for adding the ability to communicate with external USB peripherals like phones, IoT boards, etc. - those asks are elsewhere:

USB Serial communicatons:
https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/15424383-need-serial-usb-com-port-access

Mount USB storage devices:
https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/266908-command-prompt-console-bash-on-ubuntu-on-windo/suggestions/13717092-mount-usb-sd-removable-storage-devices

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I develop embedded USB devices that use the LibUSB driver. Although I can compile all my firmware on Windows under WSL I can't flash or test it's functionality under Windows.

    Libusb support would allow me to use exclusively Windows and WSL

  • Joe McGuire commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am trying to get onboard with WSL; however, pass-through USB device access is a key piece of functionality that makes it difficult to make the jump from a virtual machine. I need access to DAQs and other debugging USB tools to run automated scripts developed in Unix/Linux. I'm in full agreement with Erich here.

  • Erich Beyer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to access DAQ and debugging devices from WSL, so my coworkers can use from windows the same scripts we develop in Linux.

    The two major devices we use are "Labjack" brand DAQs and "Total Phase" brand protocol debuggers.

    If the windows USB stack could pass-through selected devices to the Linux kernel, udev or similar could make these devices available to user-space applications running in WSL.

    Similar features exist in Oracle and Vmware's hypervisors.

  • TomF commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Support for Intel's Movidius Neural Compute Stick 2 would be greatly appreciated; it would make development a lot easier than the hassle of setting up dual-boot!

  • ThierryL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Using WSL with Ubuntu for cross-compiler development. Full USB support is much needed for In-Circuit Debuggers and Flashers such as Segger JLink, ST-Link, etc.

  • Crcrewso commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For me, one of the great things about wsl is being able to do a lot of my monte carlo development work with it. But, there are lots of times where I need to move files between WSL and a cluster via USB key. It would be nice if I could keep my usb keys in a linux only format and not exfat for security and journaling purposes.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I was wanting to interface a USB tuner stick to get at the raw signal data. The data looks like a stream of A-D samples at about 1 million sample/second.

    Accessing other A-D devices would also be very useful.

  • Michael Cramer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This was so I could mount a usb with my ssh keys on it so I could use ssh from bash, but putty is better anyways probably, so I'm not sure I would even use it.

  • Oleksandr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    USB serial communication, as 3G/4G dongles for the networking and VOIP support. Bluetooth USB dongles. There are some software on Linux with no Windows analogues. It would be perfect solution if one could use any USB device on Win-linux if it is generally possible.

  • bmwt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see support for security tokens, specifically ones supporting opensc (via libusb). This would allow ssh agent to use the secure key store.

  • Ilias G commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see support for two types of devices:

    1) Programming FPGAs (typically done over JTAG)
    2) Accessing Android devices via ADB

    Both are typical development scenarios, where Linux tools are better/more common/more supported.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This was marked completed, but there's still no access to USB serial communications. USB bluetooth dongles, LAN connectors and other peripherals are not directly accessible from Ubuntu.

    One way to do this is to allow the user to selectively bypass Windows recognition of a device, and instead make them available to the linux subsystem.

    Another is to provide services, one service at a time, like mounting usb sticks, and bluez library support.... that call through to Windows api's.

    The first is generic and will work with any USB device. The second is specific to each type of device.

  • Tamas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be nice to have this feature... It is a shame that VMs have this for many years now. Just a USB filter... It is insane to mark this as completed...

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