You can install the Windows Package Manager (winget) in multiple ways, including via the Microsoft Store, GitHub, or you can wait until the update arrives automatically.
On Windows 10, the “Windows Package Manager” is a command-line tool designed to make it easier and automate the process of searching, downloading, installing, upgrading, and configuring apps on your device.
If you ever had to install one or multiple apps, you know how time-consuming it is to find the links, download, and reinstall all your apps. Using the winget client, you can use a simple command to specify which apps you want to get. Then the tool will find and install the latest version automatically.
Microsoft plans to roll out the tool through the Microsoft Store on devices running Windows 10 version 1809 and higher releases. However, you can get it manually without waiting for the update by installing the latest version of the App Installer on any of the supported versions of Windows 10.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to install the winget-cli client on Windows 10.
- Install winget client on Windows 10 via Microsoft Store
- Install winget client on Windows 10 via GitHub
Install winget client on Windows 10 via Microsoft Store
If you are already running Windows 10 21H1, there is a chance that the client is already available. You can check by invoking the
winget command in Command Prompt or PowerShell.
To install the Windows Package Manager on Windows 10, use these steps:
Click the Get button.
Click the Open Microsoft Store button.
Click the Update button.
Search for Command Prompt and click the top result to open the terminal.
Type the following command to confirm the Windows Package Manager is installed and press Enter:
Once you complete the steps, the winget-cli will install on the device, and you can begin searching and installing apps using commands.
Install winget client on Windows 10 via GitHub
To install the Windows Package Manager with the offline installer, use these steps:
Under the “Latest release” section, click the Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle download link.
Double-click the file to launch the winget installer.
Click the Update button.
After you complete the steps, the Windows Package Manager will apply to Windows 10, and you can start using Command Prompt and PowerShell to install apps.
If you get an error during the installation on an older version of Windows 10, you may need to install the VC++ v14 Desktop Framework Package.
Alternatively, you can also create your own private client application. You can find more details on how to do this process on GitHub.