Windows Package Manager is coming

Microsoft also released a preview of the Build 2020 virtual conference today Windows Package Manager . The managers of Windows They may use it to install third-party programs, such as 7-Zip, KeePass, Arduino IDE, or Discord.

The package manager (package manager) is similar to package managers in systems Linux and effectively allows users to search, download, install, and uninstall programs and packages for their operating system. Windows. Its main purpose is to automate the installation, updating and configuration of software in Windows. The users of Linux are familiar with the package manager system.

The Windows Package Manager works similarly to package managers in Linux. Microsoft decided to released as open source. Interested users can check out GitHub for download of its preview version Package Manager.

The package manager requires at least version 1709 of Windows 10 and can be installed either from the Microsoft Store (requires version Windows 10 Insider and send invitation email for now) or manually from GitHub.

Once installed, open a window Windows Terminal, PowerShell or Command Prompt to get started. The command is winget and you may first want to run it without any parameters, to first display the available commands and help.

The main commands currently available are:

  • winget install // to install a program.
  • winget show // displays information about the specified application.
  • winget source // to change sources.
  • winget search // to list all programs or specific programs.
  • winget hash // for hash installer files.
  • winget validate // to validate manifest files.
  • winget –Help // help
  • winget –Info // data and troubleshooting help

The order winget search displays the list of programs supported by Windows Package Manager. There is currently a good selection of popular programs as well as developer tools. Programs like vim, Whatsapp, GIMP, VLC, Steam or Sublime Text can be installed using Package Manager.

Note that the uninstall feature is not currently supported. Microsoft plans to integrate the uninstall feature into the program soon.

The order winget install "program name" downloads the selected package and runs its installer. Programs appear to be downloaded from third-party sites (the developer's site) and not from a repository maintained by Microsoft.

The location of the file is displayed by winget. Package Manager currently supports exe, msi and msix installers.

The Winget may operate without administrator privileges. Installing some programs may require administrator privileges, but prompts will be displayed if required.

The order winget show “package name” displays program information. This may include links to the homepage and license, the download URL, the SHA256 hash, and the installer type.

For software companies and developers who may be wondering if they can submit their programs to Package Manager Windowsto be included in the list, Microsoft has information about the process on the Docs website. Basically, what developers need to do is create a package manifest that provides information about the application before submitting the relevant statement to GitHub.

The script is supported. Administrators can create script or PowerShell scripts to install multiple applications simultaneously, e.g.

In conclusion
The Windows Package Manager could become an essential tool in the arsenal of their system administrators Windows and also home users. It depends on several factors, such as if and how it is to be incorporated into Windows, package availability and functionality.
It has been operating as a technical program installation for years now for its users Linux and it is especially easy to use, especially for people who do not have a good knowledge of computer use.

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