Installing Ansible on Ubuntu 18.04 on WSL. There's a few hiccups in the install process and it's necessary to modify the way the drives are mounted. sudo apt update sudo apt install software-properties-common sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ansible/ansible sudo apt update sudo apt install ansible Once WSL is up and running, create/modify the /etc/wsl.conf to include the following: #Let’s enable extra metadata options by default [automount] options = "metadata,umask=22,fmask=11" This will ensure that the folders and files aren't just world writeable by default. The metadata flag allows writing separate linux permissions from the windows permissions, they can't be more permissive but you can restrict further to make various linux binaries happier about their execution environment. See https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2018/01/12/chmod-chown-wsl-improvements/ for more details.