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).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Oct 23, 2020

    • SpeedLinux is a customized coLinux. coLinux is not a VM but it can be used in the same way.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • DJGPP (DJ's GNU Programming Platform) is a development suite for 386+ IBM PC compatibles which supports DOS-enabled operating systems.
      • Free • Open 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.
      No screenshots yet
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • SuperConsole is a software collection based on ConEmu, MSYS2, Mintty, Zsh, Git for Windows, grml-zsh-config, Antigen and agkozak-zsh-theme projects, customized and configured for everyday use.
    • A project to get a Linux shell running on iOS, using usermode x86 emulation and syscall translation.
      • Free • Open Source
      • iPhone
      • iPad
    • 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.
      No screenshots yet
      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • sakura is a terminal emulator based on GTK and VTE.
      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
    • SHELLNGN is a cloud based SSH client with SFTP and Telnet support. Manage your servers anywhere you are, with a professional and feature-rich SSH and SFTP Client.
      • Freemium
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
    • Cooperative Linux (short-named coLinux) is the first working free and open source method for optimally running Linux on Microsoft Windows natively.

      Discontinued

      Not developed anymore, last news are from 2014.

      • Free • Open Source
      • Windows
    • VTE based, highly customizable terminal emulator. Features: tabs, tabbar autohide, right click to switch encoding, supports almost all VTE features, build-time configuration
      • Free • Open Source
      • Linux