Microsoft is building its native package manager for Windows 10. The software giant unveiled the first preview of the Windows package manager (version 0.1.41331) at its Build 2020 conference. Windows Package Manager includes a set of software tools to help developers automate the process of installing software on machines.
What is Windows Package Manager (Winget)?
Microsoft describes Windows Package Manager as a “complete” package management solution that includes a command line tool and a set of services for installing applications on Windows 10 computers. The announcement was a soft one. surprise for open source enthusiasts and also marks a milestone for the developer community.
Developers can perform certain tasks on applications with a valid manifest using the âwingetâ command line client tool, which is already preconfigured. Therefore, developers can install, upgrade, remove, and configure any package with a manifest that has been released. Developers can access winget through the Windows terminal, PowerShell, or the command prompt.
In his blog post, Demitrius Nelon, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft wrote:
“You specify which apps you want to install, and it does the job of finding the latest version (or the one you exactly specified) and installing it on your machine.”
Here is the set of commands and options available for use with winget:
- to install Install the given application
- Pin up Displays information about an application
- The source Manage application sources
- to look for Find and view basic application information
- chop Help with hashing installation files
- to validate Validates a manifest file
- -to help Provides command line help
- -Info Provides additional data, useful for troubleshooting
- -version Provide client version
Windows 10 is inspired by Linux
Windows Package Manager is inspired by Linux where users don’t need a web browser or website to download an installer. All Linux users need to do is just run their terminal and enter commands like “sudo apt-get install vlc” and within seconds you have VLC installed and updated automatically.
Microsoft wants to natively provide similar functionality to Windows 10 computers, thanks to its open source package manager.
Read: Winstall is a graphical interface for the Windows package manager.
How do I get the Windows Package Manager?
Windows insiders already have it. Access the open source GitHub repository for the customer. You can join one of the Windows Insider Rings. You can join the Windows Package Manager Insider program by providing your Microsoft Account (MSA) to the Windows Package Manager Insider program and request to be included in the preview.
You can also export or import the list of installed software or update both installed programs using WINGET.
Meanwhile, you can also check out Chocolatey, a free package manager for Windows 10.