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    PowerShell Alternatives

    PowerShell is described as '(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' and is a very popular Shell in the development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to PowerShell for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and The best alternative is PuTTY, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PowerShell are cmder, ConEmu, Tabby Terminal and Hyper.

    PowerShell is mainly a Terminal Emulator but alternatives to it may also be Shells or SSH Clients. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PowerShell.
    This page was last updated Oct 23, 2021
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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.
    2. Cmder is an open-source replacement for the Windows command-line. It relies on ConEmu , extending it with the power of .
      Almost everyone thinks cmder is a great alternative to PowerShell.

    3. Windows console emulator with tabs, which presents multiple consoles and simple GUI applications as one customizable GUI window with various features.
      ConEmu vs PowerShell opinions
      Some users think ConEmu is a great alternative to PowerShell, some don't.
      SamB 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...
      Negative comment almost 7 years ago

      Shell != Console Emulator
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

    4. Tabby is an infinitely customizable cross-platform terminal app for local shells, serial, SSH and Telnet connections.
      Tabby vs PowerShell opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Great looking, fast, convenient.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

    5. 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.

    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.
    8. Fish is a user friendly command line shell for UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux.
    9. iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. It works on Macs with macOS 10.10 or newer. iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted.
    10. 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.
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