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Scoop is a command-line installer for Windows.
Scoop installs programs from the command line with a minimal amount of friction. It tries to eliminate things like:
Scoop is very scriptable, so you can run repeatable setups to get your environment just the way you like, e.g.:
scoop install sudo sudo scoop install 7zip git openssh --global scoop install aria2 curl grep sed less touch scoop install python ruby go perl
If you’ve built software that you’d like others to use, Scoop is an alternative to building an installer (e.g. MSI or InnoSetup) — you just need to zip your program and provide a JSON manifest that describes how to install it.
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser
Run the following command from your PowerShell to install scoop to its default location (
Invoke-Expression (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://get.scoop.sh') # or shorter iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex
Once installed, run
scoop help for instructions.
The default setup is configured so all user installed programs and Scoop itself live in
Globally installed programs (
--global) live in
These settings can be changed through environment variables.
$env:SCOOP='D:\Applications\Scoop' [Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable('SCOOP', $env:SCOOP, 'User') # run the installer
$env:SCOOP_GLOBAL='F:\GlobalScoopApps' [Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable('SCOOP_GLOBAL', $env:SCOOP_GLOBAL, 'Machine') # run the installer
Scoop can utilize
aria2 to use multi-connection downloads. Simply install
aria2 through Scoop and it will be used for all downloads afterward.
scoop install aria2
You can tweak the following
aria2 settings with the
scoop config command:
The apps that install best with Scoop are commonly called “portable” apps: i.e. compressed program files that run stand-alone when extracted and don’t have side-effects like changing the registry or putting files outside the program directory.
Since installers are common, Scoop supports them too (and their uninstallers).
Scoop is also great at handling single-file programs and Powershell scripts. These don’t even need to be compressed. See the runat package for an example: it’s really just a GitHub gist.
If you find Scoop useful and would like to support ongoing development and maintenance, here’s how:
The following buckets are known to scoop:
The main bucket is installed by default. To add any of the other buckets, type:
scoop bucket add bucketname
For example, to add the extras bucket, type:
scoop bucket add extras
Many other application buckets hosted on Github can be found in the Scoop Directory.