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MSYS2 Alternatives

MSYS2 is described as 'independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software' and is an app in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MSYS2 for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and Android. The best alternative is PuTTY, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MSYS2 are ConEmu, cmder, PowerShell and MobaXterm.

MSYS2 alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but may also be Shells or Version Control Systems. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MSYS2.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Windows

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  1. PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console and network file transfer application. It supports several network protocols, including SCP, SSH, Telnet, rlogin, and raw socket connection. It can also connect to a serial port.

    ⚫︎ LightweightPuTTY consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    This alternative is disputed. PuTTY is still a legitimate alternative to MSYS2, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    putty is ssh, while msys2 is a way to install loads of posix-related software on windows.

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    PuTTY is literally PART of MSYS2

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    Completely unrelated software

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  2. Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableConEmu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ PortableConEmu can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceConEmu either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    cmder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • clink
    • ConEmu
    • Windows Command Prompt
    • PowerShell

    Cmder is an open-source replacement for the Windows command-line. It relies on ConEmu , extending it with the power of .

    ⚫︎ Customizablecmder is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Lightweightcmder consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Portablecmder can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionscmder can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfacecmder either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    cmder is only the frontend to prompt command

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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingPowerShell supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    PowerShell doesn't provide all tools offered msys2+mingw.

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  5. MobaXterm is an enhanced terminal app that brings the advanced features of a Unix-like command-line to Windows. It takes the power of Cygwin and wraps it in a sleek, visual interface that's super easy to use, lightweight and portable.

    ⚫︎ PortableMobaXterm can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableMobaXterm is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionMobaXterm can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsMobaXterm can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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  6. Windows Terminal is a new, modern, feature-rich, productive terminal application for command-line users.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceWindows Terminal either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableWindows Terminal is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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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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    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.

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  9. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.

    ⚫︎ PortableKiTTY can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightAlacritty consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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