Alternatives to Cygwin for all platforms with any license

  • PowerShell

    PowerShell (including Windows PowerShell and PowerShell Core) is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line...

    • do not offer Unix-like environment Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • MinGW

    MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils. It provides a complete Open Source programming toolset...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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  • MSYS2

    MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows...

    • Forked from Cygwin with a nice package manager Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Termux

    A terminal emulator and Unix environment bringing powerful terminal access to your Android-powered devices.

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet F-Droid zsh Bash

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  • Babun

    Would you like to use a linux-like console on a Windows host without a lot of fuzz? Try out babun! Babun features the following: Pre-configured Cygwin with a...

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.0, released in July 2015, can be still downloaded from GitHub
    • Much easier setup than Cygwin, with most of what you'll need. yphastosJun 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows Git Cygwin zsh

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  • Windows Command Prompt

    Command Prompt, also known as cmd.exe or cmd (after its executable file name), is the command-line interpreter on Windows NT, Windows CE, OS/2 and eComStation operating...

    • Cygwin was brought out because of the shortcomings of the WCP as a shell ! In WCP (unlike PowerShell), the user is stuck with unitary command execution, and has none of the combinatorial power of the infamous shell (sh or bash) Guest • Mar 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Does not support any GNU/Unix commands. Guest • Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • gow

    Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX...

    • Discontinued No activity for over a year.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • BusyBox

    BusyBox is a single binary that provides several stripped-down Unix tools in a single executable. It runs in a variety of POSIX environments such as Linux, Android...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux Android BSD

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  • MinGW-w64

    The project's goal is to deliver runtime, headers, and libs for developing 64 bit (x64), as well as 32 bit (x86), windows applications using gcc-4.4 or newer...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

  • Cooperative Linux

    Cooperative Linux (short-named coLinux) is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively. More generally...

    • Discontinued Not developed anymore, last news are from 2014.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • TCC/LE

    TCC/LE is a complete CMD replacement, and is compatible with your existing Windows command prompt and CMD batch files, while adding thousands of new features.

    Freemium Windows

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  • PyCmd

    PyCmd is a smart command prompt extension for Windows cmd.exe; its purpose is to emulate a few power features of UNIX shells (decent Tab-completion, persistent history...

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Sakura

    sakura is a terminal emulator based on GTK and VTE. It's a terminal emulator with few dependencies, so you don't need a full GNOME desktop installed to have a...

    • Cygwin is "unix-on-windows", sakura is just a terminal emulator Guest • Nov 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • unxutils

    Here are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    TDM-GCC is a compiler suite for Windows. It combines the most recent stable release of the GCC toolset, a few patches for Windows-friendliness, and the free and...

    Free Windows

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Cygwin Comments

Comment by eddieparker
about Cygwin · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Use with mintty (available off the install) and you've essentially got PuTTY + cygwin. Fantastic.

Comment by Elmernite
about Cygwin · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Great! Lets you practice on you Linux commands while in a windows environment. It can take a little getting used to due to some compatibility issues between Unix naming conventions and window's. But it still works great!