Install all the following. On Window, install Xming. On Ubuntu bash, use sudo apt install to install ssh xauth xorg.

sudo apt install ssh xauth xorg

Go to the folder contains ssh_config file, mine is /etc/ssh.

Edit ssh_config as administrator(USE sudo). Inside ssh_config, remove the hash # in the lines ForwardAgent, ForwardX11, ForwardX11Trusted, and set the corresponding arguments to yes.

# /etc/ssh/ssh_config

Host *
    ForwardAgent yes
    ForwardX11 yes
    ForwardX11Trusted yes

In ssh_config file, remove the front hash # before Port 22 and Protocol 2, and also append a new line at the end of the file to state the xauth file location, XauthLocation /usr/bin/xauth, remember write your own path of xauth file.

# /etc/ssh/ssh_config

#   IdentifyFile ...
    Port 22
    Protocol 2
#   Cipher 3des
#   ...
#   ...
    GSSAPIDelegateCredentials no
    XauthLocation /usr/bin/xauth

Now since we are done editing ssh_config file, save it when we leave the editor. Now go to folder ~ or $HOME, append export DISPLAY=localhost:0 to your .bashrc file and save it.

# ~/.bashrc
export DISPLAY=localhost:0

We are almost done. Restart your bash shell, open your Xming program and use ssh -X [email protected]. Then enjoy the GUI environment.

ssh -X [email protected]

The problem is also in Ubuntu subsystem on Windows, and the link is at

Note: the linked text includes 2 typos (XauthLocaion instead of XauthLocation)

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