PowerShell Alternatives and Similar Software

Alternatives to PowerShell for Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD, Android and more. Filter by license to discover only free or Open Source alternatives. This list contains a total of 25+ apps similar to PowerShell.

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. If you're looking for more info about PowerShell like screenshots, reviews and comments you should visit our info page about it. Below you find the best alternatives.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 6/11/2019 4:20:00 PM

Alternatives to PowerShell for all platforms with any license

  • PuTTY

    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. A simple, lightweight client for connecting to a Linux shell from your Windows machine!

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD PortableApps.com ReactOS

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  • ConEmu

    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 . Today, ConEmu can be used with any other console application or simple GUI tools (like PuTTY for example). ConEmu is an active project, open to suggestions.

    • ConEmu is not a shell, and PowerShell is not a console emulator. I suppose you could argue that PowerShell ISE sort-of is, but that's not the /point/ of PowerShell ISE, so... SamBAug 2015 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Cygwin

    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.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Hyper

    Hyper™ is a beautiful and extensible, cross-platform terminal built on open web standards. It provides an elegant command-line experience that is consistent across all supported platforms which includes macOS, Windows and various Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian. For developers, extensions are universal Node.js modules loaded by both Electron and the renderer process.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • MinGW

    MinGW ("Minimalistic GNU for Windows") is a port of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils. It provides a complete Open Source programming toolset which is suitable for the development of native MS-Windows (x86) applications, which do not depend on any 3rd-party C-Runtime DLLs. MinGW compilers provide access to the functionality of the Microsoft C runtime and some language-specific runtimes.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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  • GNOME Terminal

    GNOME Terminal is a terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop environment written by Havoc Pennington and others. Terminal emulators allow users to execute commands using a real UNIX shell while remaining on their graphical desktop.[

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • fish

    Fish is a user friendly command line shell for UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux. Finally, a command line shell for the 90s. The new fish is a smart and user-friendly command line shell for OS X, Linux, and the rest of the family. With autosuggestions, VGA color, man-page completions, web configuration, and threading.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Terminal

    Terminal (also referred to as Terminal.app) is a terminal emulator included in Apple's Mac OS X operating system. It originated in Mac OS X's predecessors, NEXTSTEP and OPENSTEP, and allows the user to interact with the computer through a command line interface. On Mac OS X, Terminal is located in the /Applications/Utilities folder.

    Free Mac

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  • Yakuake

    Yakuake is a drop-down (Quake-style) terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology. Its design was inspired from consoles in computer games such as Quake which slide down from the top of the screen when a key is pressed, and slide back up when the key is pressed again. Yakuake, in the same way as Kate, KDevelop and Konqueror, relies on Konsole to offer the terminal functionality, embedding it in the application as a KPart component.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD

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  • MSYS2

    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. The name is a contraction of Minimal SYStem 2, and aims to provide support to facilitate using the bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • upterm

    Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals. Strictly speaking, it's both a terminal emulator and an interactive shell based on Electron. Also, unlike most of the emulators you can meet nowadays it uses HTML and CSS for its UI (exactly as Atom does), which means we can stop misusing unicode characters and make a better looking terminal with appropriate tools. Autocompletion Upterm shows the autocompletion box as you type and tries to be smart about what to suggest.

    • Discontinued Deprecated since May 20, 2019. Maintainer suggests using Hyper instead.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux Electron / Atom Shell

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  • mintty

    Mintty is a terminal emulator for Cygwin that is based on code from PuTTY 0.60 by Simon Tatham and team. It can be downloaded from the main site or it can be installed through Cygwins setup.exe program, where it can be found in the Shells category. The Cygwin installer creates a shortcut for mintty in the Windows start menu. Features include: - Xterm-compatible terminal emulation, including support for modifier keys and application mouse mode.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Tilix

    Tilix is a tiling terminal emulator which uses the VTE GTK+ 3 widget with the following features: - Layout terminals in any fashion by splitting them horizontally or vertically. - Terminals can be re-arranged using drag and drop both within and between windows. - Terminals can be detached into a new window via drag and drop. - Input can be synchronized between terminals so commands typed in one terminal are replicated to the others.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Kitty terminal

    Kitty ( not to be confused with KiTTY ) is a powerful, cross-platform GPU-based terminal emulator. It offloads rendering to the GPU and uses OpenGL for fast, cross-platform performance with built-in tiling layouts as well as graphic, unicode and font ligature support. FEATURES - Supports all modern terminal features: graphics (images), unicode, true-color, OpenType ligatures, mouse protocol, focus tracking, bracketed paste and more.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • JuiceSSH

    The all in one terminal client for Android including SSH, Local Shell, Mosh and Telnet support. Features: - Full colour terminal / ssh client - Popup keyboard with all those normally hard to find characters - Use the volume keys to quickly change font size - External keyboard support - Community and third party plugins

    Free Android Android Tablet mosh OpenSSH Dropbear SSH Server and Client

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  • Terminus

    Terminus is an Electron-based terminal app that works across Windows, Mac and Linux while also supporting Windows shells including Powerfull and git-bash on Windows.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • iTerm

    iTerm is a full featured terminal emulation program written for OS X using Cocoa. We are aiming at providing users with best command line experience under OS X. The letter i represents a native Apple look and feel of the program interface, and an emphasis on complete international support.

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • gow

    Gow (Gnu On Windows) is the lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries. It is designed to be as small as possible, about 10 MB, as opposed to Cygwin which can run well over 100 MB depending upon options.

    • Discontinued No activity for over a year.

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