winget is a command line package manager for Windows 10, open-sourced under the MIT License. Roughly equivalent to
brew. If you already know and love Chocolatey, you’re fine. Stick with that for now.
winget shows promise though.
The other night I installed Strawberry Perl and played with Image::ExifTool a tiny bit.
Yesterday I successfully installed Emacs and started doing real work writing Perl code with it.
Well, not work work. The new job doesn’t start until tomorrow, and is mostly Python.
How do I get Winget?
winget is still in preview. You can get it as part of the Windows Insider program, like me. Slow Ring should be fine. If you don’t feel like taking the risk on a preview release of Windows, you can grab it from the winget-cli repository.
Finding and installing stuff with
One goal when in Windows is to use Windows, and not just spend all day hiding in WSL. If I want to use Windows, I need Perl.
Hey, I’ll allow myself a few crutches here and there.
Ooh, XAMPP. I haven’t messed with that in years.
But no I’m just here for Perl today. Strawberry Perl is an excellent Perl setup for Windows. Provides all the core stuff, a bunch of useful extras, and the tools you need to install additional libraries.
winget show displays additional details about a package.
Yep, that’s what I want.
Things do get automatically added to your path, but not right away. Somebody more familiar with Windows probably knows what to do. Me? When it doesn’t catch right away I log out and back in. That always does the trick.
Now what about all the other package manger functionality?
What about updating, listing, uninstalling, etc?
Um. Well. I mentioned
winget is in preview, right? Check the development roadmap.
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Added to vault 2024-01-15. Updated on 2024-02-01