Are you tired of setting up apps by clicking through time-consuming GUI installers with never ending dialogs? Are you missing tools like
brew which automate software setup on Linux and MacOS. There are similar projects for windows. Here is how to use
- Installed Windows PowerShell
- No fear of using the command line / PowerShell
TL;DR - show me a full example
If you don’t want to read but just get an example setup script, here is one…
There are several projects to automate App setup on Windows. Two well known projects are:
~/scoop folder to store its contents, requires no admin privileges to install software and
does not pollute the system with files or configs, I prefer the latter.
Note: One disadvantage may be, that not EVERY App will work like expected, since some of them really require admin permissions to work. But I did not come across a single App, that did not work after some tweaking.
scoop, just open a PowerShell and copy the following commands:
set-executionpolicy remotesigned -scope currentuser iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex # confirm with A (all) to proceed
To use scoop,
git is a required package. You also need a so-called bucket
, where the apps are bundled as collection:
# preparation / requirements scoop install git scoop bucket add extras
Search packages You can search for packages in your bucket like this:
scoop search burn 'extras' bucket: anyburn (5.2) cdburnerxp (220.127.116.1128) imgburn (18.104.22.168) msiafterburner (22.214.171.12417) 'main' bucket: rktools2k3 (1.0) --> includes 'cdburn.exe'
Install packages To install a package, use the according identifier:
scoop install imgburn
List installed packages
Update scoop and / or packages
scoop update scoop update imgburn
Sample install script
To save you a little effort and time, here is my personal install script containing the apps I usually install on a new system - one per line, to easily allow commenting out non-required items.
# filename: setup.ps1 (can be run via powershell) # install scoop set-executionpolicy remotesigned -scope currentuser # confirm with A (all) iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex # preparation of requirements scoop install git scoop bucket add extras # command line tools and helpers scoop install sudo scoop install ffmpeg scoop install hugo-extended scoop install rclone scoop install restic scoop install wget # GUI tools scoop install filezilla scoop install gimp scoop install imgburn scoop install keepassxc scoop install mremoteng scoop install pdfsam scoop install vlc scoop install vscode # admin / sudo permissions required sudo scoop install openvpn
Have fun! :-)