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MSYS2 Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to MSYS2 for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is PuTTY, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to MSYS2 and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to 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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MSYS2 is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of...

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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.

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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.

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  3. 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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    MinGW

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

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