How to install winget on Windows 11, 10

You can install the Windows Package Manager manually, and here's how on Windows 11 and 10.

Windows 11 install winget client
Windows 11 install winget client
  • To install winget on Windows 11, open the “App Installer” page in the Microsoft Store and click the Update button.
  • Alternatively, open the winget page on GitHub, download the “appxbundle” file, and double-click it to install it.

On Windows 11 (and 10), you can install the “Windows Package Manager” (winget) in multiple ways, including from the Microsoft Store and GitHub, or wait until the support arrives automatically. 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 have 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 makes the tool available through the Microsoft Store on devices running a supported version of Windows 10 and 11. However, you can get it manually without waiting for the update by installing the latest version of the “App Installer.”

The command-line tool is likely already available if you are already running Windows 10 22H2 or Windows 11 22H2. You can check by invoking the “winget” command in Command Prompt or PowerShell. Otherwise, check for updates first and then continue with the steps below.

This guide will teach you how to install the winget-CLI client on Windows 10.

Install winget on Windows 11 from Microsoft Store

To install the Windows Package Manager on Windows 11 or 10, use these steps:

  1. Open the App Installer page.

  2. Click the Get button.

  3. Click the Open Microsoft Store button.

  4. Click the Update button.

    App Installer

  5. Open Start.

  6. Search for Command Prompt and click the top result to open the terminal.

  7. Type the following command to confirm the Windows Package Manager is already installed and press Enter:


    winget command

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 on Windows 11 from GitHub

To install winget with the offline installer without the Microsoft Store, use these steps:

  1. Open the winget GitHub page.

  2. Under the “Latest” section, click the “Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle” download link.

    winget GitHub download

  3. Double-click the file to launch the winget installer.

  4. Click the Update button.

After completing the steps, the Windows Package Manager will apply to Windows 11 or 10, and you can start using Command Prompt and PowerShell to install apps.

If you get an error on an older version of Windows 10, you may need to install the VC++ v14 Desktop Framework Package.

Alternatively, you can also create your private client application. You can find more details on how to do this process on GitHub.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].