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Installing Finch on Windows


To get started with Finch on macOS, the development machine must meet the following prerequisites.

  • Windows versions:
    • Windows 11 (x86-64)
    • Windows 10 Version 1903 or later, with Build 18362.1049 (x86-64)
  • Recommended minimum hardware requirements is at least 2 vCPU and 4 GB memory.
  • Administrative privileges are required to install Finch on to the machine.
  • WSL 2 already installed
  • (Optional) For the best experience running terminal commands on Windows, it's recommended to install Microsoft's Windows Terminal

To determine the build version of your Windows 10 installation, you can either run the following command:


Major  Minor  Build  Revision
-----  -----  -----  --------
10     0      20348  0

...or press Windows + R and run winver.exe.

So long as the "Build" number is greater than 18362, WSL 2 and Finch are supported. The next section will cover how to install WSL 2 based on which version of Windows you have installed.

Installing WSL 2

There are two different methods of installing WSL 2 depending on which version of Windows you have installed. For newer versions (Windows 11 and Windows 10 with build greater than 19041), follow this guide from Microsoft. For Windows 10 builds greater than 18362.1049, follow this guide (make sure to follow the WSL 2 steps as well).

Verifying WSL 2 install

After you're done installing WSL 2, or if you've already had it installed and you've run wsl --update, you can verify your installation.

To verify your WSL 2 installation, run the wsl.exe -l -v command. The output should look similar to this:

wsl.exe -l -v
  NAME          STATE           VERSION
* Ubuntu        Stopped         2

The wsl.exe --status command should also have output similar to this:

wsl --status
Default Distribution: Ubuntu
Default Version: 2

If the default version is not 2, run wsl --set-default-version 2.

If your any other output is different or these commands do not work, please refer back to the Microsoft guides for troubleshooting steps.

Installing Finch

After verifying your WSL 2 installation, Finch can be installed like so:

  1. Download the latest Finch Windows installer (Finch.msi) from Finch's GitHub repository
  2. Run Finch.msi

    Finch Installation Wizard

  3. Read and accept the Finch license and click Next.

    Finch Installation License

  4. Select your install location if different from the default location, and click Next.

    Finch Installation Location

  5. Click Install.

    Finch Installation Install

  6. When the Finch installation is complete, you can close the installation window by pressing Finish.

    Finch Installation Complete

  7. Finch is now installed! Relaunch any terminal windows in order for the finch command to be available in your PATH. Navigate to Verifying Finch install to proceed.