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 cmder (Free, Open Source), ConEmu (Free, Open Source), PowerShell (Free, Open Source) and MobaXterm (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Oct 23, 2020

    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.
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      PuTTY vs MSYS2 opinions
      This alternative is disputed. PuTTY is still a legitimate alternative to MSYS2, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      nailor putty is ssh, while msys2 is a way to install loads of posix-related software on windows.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      PuTTY is literally PART of MSYS2
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      Completely unrelated software
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

    2. Cmder is an open-source replacement for the Windows command-line. It relies on ConEmu , extending it with the power of .
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      cmder is only the frontend to prompt command
      Negative comment about 1 year ago


    3. Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features. Initially, the program was created as a companion to Far Manager .
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    4. 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.
      PowerShell vs MSYS2 opinions
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      PowerShell doesn't provide all tools offered msys2+mingw.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

    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.
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    6. 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.
    7. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.
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    8. MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils.
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      • Android
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      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.
    9. Git for Windows focuses on offering a lightweight, native set of tools that bring the full feature set of the Git SCM to Windows while providing appropriate user interfaces for experienced Git users and novices alike.
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