Microsoft has a new Windows Package Manager that allows you to install applications from the command line. Mehedi Hassan’s winstall offers a simple web app that you can use to quickly and easily install your favorite Windows applications with a few clicks.
How this works: winstall and winget explained
That’s great news, but most people don’t want to use the command line and prefer to install their apps using a graphical interface. That’s what winstall, a third-party application, does. Created by Mehedi Hassan, Winstall is a web-based interface that allows you to choose your favorite applications in a browser. The website then gives you the command that automatically installs the apps you selected with winget. You don’t need to know how winget works or write the command yourself.
It’s a lot like Ninite, but it uses the Windows Package Manager.
Here’s one reason winstall is great – you don’t need to install any additional software. It is a website that generates a command that works with Windows Package Manager. You can see exactly what it is doing on your computer.
In the future there will likely be other graphical interfaces for Windows Package Manager. winstall is just the first popular.
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How to install your favorite apps with winstall
First you need to install winget from Microsoft. Without a 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.
Using the Windows Package Manager on your PC, go to the winstall website. Use the search box or browse the popular and recommended apps and add the apps you want to your installation script.
Once you have chosen all of your favorite apps on the website, click on the “Generate Script” button at the bottom of the page.
The winstall website shows 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 anything 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 start it as an administrator.
Copy and paste the command from the web page to the command line environment and press Enter. (If you are using PowerShell, you must select ‘View PowerShell Script’ on the website.)
You can also download a .bat or .ps1 file if you prefer. This is a script file that automatically executes the command displayed on the page when you double-click it.
That’s it: Windows Package Manager will automatically install the apps selected on the command line. You can uninstall them just like any other app from the default Control Panel or Settings.
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The winstall website has other useful features, including the ability to create your own packages for easy distribution of your favorite applications to other people.
We’ve wanted a good package manager for Windows for a long time, and we’re excited to see what other graphics solutions the Windows developer community will create in the future.