Time goes by, often without us realizing it. Indeed, a year has already passed since the launch of Winget. Indeed, Windows Package Manager is the first Windows 10 package manager itself. A tool that allows you to use commands from the terminal to install applications. Just like in GNU/Linux distributions. Winget is an open-source tool available on GitHub. In addition, its developers had promised to release version 1.0 in May 2021. A goal they have been able to achieve. Certainly, the tool is still in a preliminary state. However, much progress has been made. Especially in terms of the commands available. In short, Winget upgrades to version 1.0.
Some new features of Winget update 1.0
Recall that Winget initially offered only 6 commands. However, with the arrival of version 1.0, we have reached 14 commands, including the upgrade, list, and uninstall commands. These allow you to update, list, or uninstall all apps automatically. The settings command is also available. This command displays the configuration by opening the .JSON file. Once there, we can do things like change the progress bar to a rainbow. But it is also possible to disable telemetry.
We also have the export/import command for the List of commands available for Winget. Additionally, the list of available repositories has grown. Even including applications from the Windows Store. With the winget search command, you can get the list of available applications.
How to install and use Winget
The only requirement to install Winget is to have Windows 10 1809 or a later version. Then, just download the installer from GitHub. It is available from this link. Please note that the name of version 1.0 is Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle.
The installation process is very simple. Whether you are upgrading to 1.0 or installing for the first time. Just follow the process like any other Windows app. Once you are done, just use the terminal of your choice. Windows PowerShell, Command Prompt, the new Windows terminal, or a third-party client.
To display the available commands, just type winget in the terminal. Installing an application is as simple as using the syntax winget install packagename. For example, to install the VLC player, just use winget install vlc. To upgrade from the terminal, just use the upgrade command. Now, if you have installed several applications installed with Winget, then use winget upgrade. This command will show all the apps that have new versions available. To upgrade all apps at once, please use winget upgrade –all. You can upgrade an individual program as well. With this in mind, use winget upgrade vlc. Obviously, you have to click Next when the program installs the new version. However, it saves you the trouble of looking for the new version manually.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to fiddle with the commands. Or manually search the long list of packages. Then you can resort to Winstall, the unofficial graphical interface for Winget. It allows you to choose programs from a nice web interface, and then install them with Winget. But in a simple way and with less work. Very well, in the end, we have seen that Winget upgrades to version 1.0. Bye!