Scoop is a command line package manager for Windows that makes it easy to install and use common programs and tools. Scoop includes support for a wide variety of Windows software, as well as favorites from the Unix world. It fixes many common issues with the Windows software ecosystem, compared to the package manager models of Unix systems.
When using Scoop, you can download and install supported programs with a single command: “scoop install program”, where program is the name of the program. It’s just as easy to update, uninstall, and find software, avoiding long trips to websites and the Windows Settings app.
This guide will only scratch the surface of what is possible with Scoop. We are going to show you how to install Scoop so that you can add apps to your system with the above command. We’ll be posting more guides over the next few weeks to help you understand the Scoop ecosystem.
The recommended way to install Scoop is to download and run the automated installer, which is distributed as a PowerShell script. Launch PowerShell and run the following command:
Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -scope CurrentUser
(Warning: This allows the current user to run scripts from a remote source. Use with caution and read the notes on the Scoop website for more details.)
Then use the following command to download and install Scoop. You can also check the Scoop website to make sure you are using the latest version of the order. If you are worried about what the script is doing, you can read its source at get.scoop.sh.
iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('https://get.scoop.sh')
Scoop should now install successfully. If you encounter an error, make sure the PowerShell execution policy is set correctly (see above) and check the Scoop documentation.
With Scoop installed, you can go ahead and use the tool to install the software on your machine. A popular utility is the 7zip archive manager. With Scoop, you can install it by running “scoop install 7zip” from the command prompt. Scoop will automatically download and install the latest version of 7zip, including all necessary dependencies. You will find a shortcut to the program in the “Scoop Apps” folder of your Start menu.
Scoop supports dozens of out-of-the-box programs and many more are available using third-party repositories (“buckets”). For more detailed advice on using Scoop, we recommend reading the wiki. This includes a full reference for all available commands.
Scoop may seem complicated to set up, but once executed it makes program management extremely easy. It brings the best elements of Unix package management to the Windows desktop, eliminating the need to click awkward, ad-riddled download sites and graphical installation prompts.