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MinGW Alternatives

MinGW is described as '("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils' and is a very popular app in the development category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MinGW for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, zsh and BSD. The best alternative is PowerShell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MinGW are Cygwin, Termux, Windows Terminal and Alacritty.

MinGW alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be Shells or Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MinGW.
This page was last updated Apr 30, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD

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

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  1. PowerShell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PowerShell (including Windows PowerShell and PowerShell Core) is a task automation and configuration management framework from Microsoft, consisting of a command-line shell and associated scripting language built on the .NET Framework.

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    MinGW is compiler, PowerShell is not.

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  2. 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.



  3. Termux

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • zsh
    • Bash

    Ready to go. Termux works directly with no rooting or setup required. At first start a minimal base system is installed automatically - you decide what to do next.

  4. Windows Terminal is a new, modern, feature-rich, productive terminal application for command-line users.

  5. Alacritty

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Alacritty is a blazing fast, GPU accelerated terminal emulator. It’s written in Rust and uses OpenGL for rendering to be the fastest terminal emulator available. Alacritty is available on GitHub in source form.



  6. 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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    it provides the latest packages

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  7. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

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  8. 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.

  9. MinGW-w64

    • 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), windows applications using gcc-4.4 or newer versions.

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  10. iSH

    • FreeOpen Source
    • iPhone
    • iPad

    A project to get a Linux shell running on iOS, using usermode x86 emulation and syscall translation.

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