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MinGW-w64 is described as '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 versions' and is an app in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MinGW-w64 for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Git and Cygwin. The best alternative is Cygwin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MinGW-w64 are MinGW, MSYS2, Windows Command Prompt and gow.

MinGW-w64 alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be Shells. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MinGW-w64.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD

The project's goal is to deliver runtime, headers, and libs for developing 64 bit (x64), as well as 32 bit (x86),...

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    Cygwin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Cygwin is a Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows. Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceCygwin either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Cygwin terminals running on Windows 7
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    MinGW

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils.

    ⚫︎ PortableMinGW can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    It basically runs all basic UNIX and LINUX codes. Its colorful as well as easy to use too

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    MSYS2

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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 software.

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    Windows Command Prompt

    • Windows

    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 systems. It is the counterpart of COMMAND.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceWindows Command Prompt either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingWindows Command Prompt supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsWindows Command Prompt can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    A picture of cmd, with the name blacked out.
  5. gow

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

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    Discontinued

    No activity for over a year.

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    Babun

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Git
    • Cygwin
    • zsh

    Would you like to use a linux-like console on a Windows host without a lot of fuzz? Try out babun!

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    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 1.2.0, released in July 2015, can be still downloaded from GitHub

    Includes Vim with color highlighting.
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    TDM-GCC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    TDM-GCC is a compiler suite for Windows.

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    Microsoft Windows SDK

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    The Windows SDK provides tools, compilers, headers, libraries, code samples, and a new help system that developers can use to create applications that run on Microsoft Windows.

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    DJGPP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    DJGPP (DJ's GNU Programming Platform) is a development suite for 386+ IBM PC compatibles which supports DOS-enabled operating systems. It is guided by DJ Delorie, who began the project in 1989.

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    DJGPP running in Windows.
  10. MSYS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    MSYS is a collection of GNU utilities such as bash, make, gawk and grep to allow building of applications and programs which depend on traditionally UNIX tools to be present.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceMSYS either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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