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Do you use a package manager?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] about 1 month ago.See history

A package manager is a collection of software tools that automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and uninstalling computer programs in a consistent manner.

Chocolatey is a great package manager. It is an easy-to-use way to manage software on Windows.

Figure: installing Git with Chocolatey

To get started, open PowerShell and follow the instructions on the Chocolatey website.

It is better to run Chocolatey in PowerShell - it may work in Command Prompt, but you're likely to have permission issues.

choco install
Figure: Chocolatey installation page

Option 2: Winget

Winget is Microsoft's own package manager that developers can use to discover, install, upgrade, remove and configure a curated set of applications.

Winget can be installed from the Microsoft Store.

Once installed you can search for a tool with:

winget search {{ APP NAME }}

And then install the tool with:

winget install {{ APP NAME }}

For example:

Figure: Installing powertoys via winget

For more information see MS Learn.

Option 3: Homebrew

Homebrew is the preferred option when on a Mac. Head to their website for installation instructions:

Figure: Homebrew installed

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