Windows 10 Winget Package Manager Gets Third-Party Front Ends

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Windows 10’s Winget Package Manager is a great tool for installing popular apps, but it only works from the command line. To make it easier to find and install apps, third-party developers have released interfaces for Windows 10’s new package manager.

At the Microsoft Build 2020 developer conference, a new native package manager for Windows 10 called “winget” was released.

Winget is a tool that allows you to install applications from a central repository using the command line in a console.

To install applications with winget, you type commands such as “winget search” to search for an application or “winget install” to install one, as shown below.

Install an app with Winget
Install an app with Winget

To make Winget easier to use, two developers have released frontends that make it easier to find applications and generate the commands to install them.

Before using these front-ends, you must first install and learn to use Winget, in order to understand precisely how these tools work.

Mirinsoft’s SharpApp adds GUI to Winget

Windows developer Mirinsoft has added a “minimalist graphical interface” for the Windows 10 package manager winget to its SharpApp application.

SharpApp is a free utility that uses community scripts to disable Windows 10 telemetry and perform other tasks in Windows 10.

In a recent update, SharpApp has been updated with a new “Packages” section which lists all available apps that can be installed via winget.

Available applications that can be installed by winget
Available applications that can be installed by winget

You can then select multiple applications that you want to install and click on the “Create Packages” button. This will generate a winget command which will be executed by the program to install the selected applications.

For example, we chose to install Fiddler and VLC Media Player, and after clicking on “Create Packages”, a winget command was generated.

In this case, the generated command is winget install -id=Telerik.Fiddler;  winget install -id=Telerik.Fiddler.

Build the PowerShell winget command to run
Build the winget command to execute

When you are ready to install the apps, you can then click on the “Run installer” button, which will then run the winget command to install the apps.

The SharpApp front-end, however, lacks an important feature; the ability to search for applications.

Winstall website generates Winget commands to install apps

Developer Mehedi Hassan has created a website called Winstall which allows you to search for apps available in the Winget repository.

When using Winstall, you can select many applications that you want to install at the same time. For example, as shown below, we have chosen VLC media player and Windows Terminal apps to install.

Select the applications to install
Select the applications to install

When you are ready to install them, click on the “Generate Script” button and you will be taken to a page where a winget command has been generated.

Use Winstall to generate Winget commands
Use Winstall to generate Winget commands

You can then use this command in a console to install the applications or download a batch file to run the command.

With the search function and the ability to easily browse the applications in the clean interface, Winstall makes it easy to use the Winget package manager.



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