Running Ubuntu On Windows XP With Portable Ubuntu

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 04/08/2009

Portable Ubuntu for Windows is an Ubuntu system running as a Windows application. All Ubuntu applications appear as a window on the Windows desktop, and you can even copy&paste between Ubuntu and Windows applications (in both directions). You can also copy Portable Ubuntu to your thumb drive and carry it with you (you don't need to "install" Portable Ubuntu on Windows - all you need is the Portable Ubuntu folder). This guide shows how to use Portable Ubuntu on a Windows XP desktop.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I want to mention two important details here that might be useful later on for the usage of Portable Ubuntu:

  • First, the default username is pubuntu and the default password is 123456
  • You can access the Windows C: drive from Portable Ubuntu as /mnt/C.


2 Using Portable Ubuntu

On your Windows XP desktop, open a browser and go to

Go to Downloads and click on the download link:

This will take you to a SourceForge page, and the download should start automatically (if not, select another SourceForge mirror). Save the file somewhere on your system (in this example, I'm storing it directly on the Desktop):

The filesize is 438MB, so the download can take a while:

Afterwards, you should find the downloaded file (it is an archive) on your Desktop. Double-click it...

... and select a location that the archive should be extracted to:

Then uncompress the archive:

After the archive has been uncompressed, you should find a folder called Portable_Ubuntu:

Go to that folder. To start Portable Ubuntu, right-click the run_portable_ubuntu.bat file and select Open from the menu:

If you are using the Windows firewall, you might have to unblock two or three applications that are needed to run portable Ubuntu:

Afterwards, you should see Portable Ubuntu start up:

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From: Majid at: 2009-05-07 05:17:07

Hey everyone

Does Portable Ubuntu give users the capability to do programming and install software using ./configure and make. Also does it give the capability to do network configuring and to configure and use applications like Apache Samba, etc etc ?

From: at: 2009-05-02 09:25:40

Very nice, thanks!! Now I don't have to reboot into Ubuntu just to test a website in Linux. Sweet!

From: roopesh at: 2009-04-20 07:38:15

The default password is 123456

From: Anonymous at: 2009-04-18 20:02:41

What would be the password for the sudo user i.e

If you type sudo bas it will ask you for password 

Same if you want to add/remove program you need sudo permission


So what is the password for that?



From: yanivomc at: 2009-04-16 12:46:13

thanks man for the info about it!


i'm checking it right now.

From: Anonymous at: 2009-06-01 15:07:25

What if i'm using windows  not  how administrator? i can't allow the firewall to accept  the  bar^

There is a metod to bypass the administrator? o run the  app just like user?

From: at: 2010-05-25 16:40:17


I am having the same problem, I am trying to run portable ubuntu as user.

they say:

"If you are using the Windows firewall, you might have to unblock two or three applications that are needed to run portable Ubunt"

What are these applications?

Thank you for your help...


From: Anonymous at: 2011-02-17 08:11:13

i m not connect to internet with ubuntu portable, please help me what i m going to do..???

From: roystreet at: 2011-08-25 17:47:33

Hello - I know I've come late in the game considering that it's now 2011 & it appears this was developed in 2009...

   I really wanted to try this out, so I went to download the file, but I just keep getting "Network Error (tcp_error)".  It will keep trying & trying, but I never get to download.  It appears as if it's trying to get to the download page, but never makes it.  I've tried to download on multiple networks & multiple computers & multiple browsers.


Is there something wrong with the site - or - Is it no longer available?