Microsoft has a new Windows Package Manager that lets you install apps from the command line. by Mehedi Hassan winstaller provides a simple web application that you can use to quickly and easily install your favorite Windows applications with just a few clicks.
How it works: winstall and winget explained
Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager, also known as a “winget”, allows you to quickly download and install one or more applications with a single command. It’s kind of like a Linux package manager. At the beginning of November 2020, the Windows Package Manager is still in preview and is not yet included in Windows 10. However, it will one day be stable and integrated into Windows 10.
That’s great news, but most people don’t want to use the command line, preferring to install their apps using a GUI. This is what winstall, a third-party application, does. Created by Mehedi Hassan, winstall is a web interface that lets you choose your favorite apps in a browser. The website then gives you the command which will automatically install your selected apps with winget. You don’t need to know how Winget works or write the command yourself.
It’s a bit like nineteenbut it uses windows package manager.
Here’s a reason winstall is great: you don’t need to install any additional software. It’s a website that generates a command that works with the Windows Package Manager. You can see exactly what it is doing on your computer.
In the future, there will probably be other GUIs for the Windows Package Manager. winstall is just the first popular one.
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How to install your favorite apps with winstall
First, you will need to install Winget from Microsoft. Without winget installed, winstall will not work. In the future, winget will be part of Windows 10, and you can use a tool like winstall on any PC without any configuration.
With the Windows Package Manager installed on your PC, go to the winstall website. Use the search box or browse popular and featured apps, adding the apps you want in your install script.
Once you have chosen all your favorite applications from the website, click on the “Generate script” button at the bottom of the page.
The winstall website will show you the command you need to run to install your apps. You can see the full list of apps at the bottom of this page. You can delete the ones you don’t want.
To install them, open a Windows Terminal, Command Prompt, or PowerShell window. For example, you can right-click the Start button or press Windows + X and select “Windows PowerShell” to open a PowerShell window. You don’t have to run it as an administrator.
Copy-paste the command from the webpage into the command-line environment and hit enter. (If you’re using PowerShell, be sure to select “View PowerShell Script” on the website.)
You can also upload a .bat or .ps1 file if you want. This is a script file that will automatically execute the command displayed on the page when you double click on it.
That’s all, the Windows package manager automatically installs the applications selected in the command line. You can uninstall them like any other application from the standard Control Panel or Settings windows.
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The winstall website has other useful features, including the ability to create your own packs for easy distribution of your favorite apps to other people.
We’ve wanted a good package manager for Windows for a long time, and we’re excited to see what other graphical solutions the Windows developer community will create in the future.