How to set up AWS Copilot on Windows Subsystem for Linux

AWS Copilot is an open source command line interface that makes it easy for developers to buildrelease, and operate production ready containerized microservices on Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate. AWS Copilot provides a simple declarative set of commands, including examples and guided experiences built in to help customers deploy quickly. After writing your application code, Copilot automates each step in the deployment lifecycle including pushing to a registry, creating a task definition, and creating a cluster.

Default application types are provided for new applications based upon AWS best practices to increase developer productivity and simplify running containers in the cloud. All you need to spin up production ready services is AWS Copilot, an AWS account, and your code.

You can install AWS Copilot on Linux, Mac OS and Windows 10. The detailed instructions for the installation is available here.

If you want to natively run AWS Copilot on Windows 10, there is an .exe file for installation in the above mentioned link. In this post, i will walkthrough on how to set up AWS Copilot on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2.

Step1 – Install WSL2 on Windows 10.

I breifly convered this in one of my other post. You can refer this official documentation for details

Step 2 – Install Docker Desktop on Windows by leveraging WSL2 backend

Again, i briefly covered this in one of my previous post. You can refer this official documentation for details.

Step 3 – Install build essential package on WSL2 distro

sudo apt install build-essential

Step 4 – Install and configure AWS CLI on WSL2 distro

sudo apt install awscli

Step 5 – Install Docker on WSL2 Distro

sudo apt install

Step 6 – Ensure Docker engine on Windows 10 host leverages WSL2 Distro

Step 7 – Install AWS Copilot on WSL2 distro

curl -Lo copilot && chmod +x copilot && sudo mv copilot /usr/local/bin/copilot && copilot --help

Step 8 – Containerize and run a sample micro-service

git clone
cd aws-copilot-sample-service
copilot init

Copilot would interact with you with guided questions to initialize the configuration for the micro-service.

copilot svc deploy

Copilot will set up the following resources in your AWS account.

  • A VPC
  • Subnets/Security Groups
  • Application Load Balancer
  • Amazon ECR Repositories
  • ECS Cluster & Service running on AWS Fargate

Once the deployment is complete, you should see this public load balanced service up and running.

This completes the steps for setting up AWS Copilot on Windows Subsytem for Linux.