PowerShell Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to PowerShell 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 50 alternatives to PowerShell and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to PowerShell are cmder (Free, Open Source), ConEmu (Free, Open Source), Hyper (Free, Open Source) and Cygwin (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 27, 2021

    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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    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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      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. Initially, the program was created as a companion to Far Manager .
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      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 6 years ago

    4. 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.
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    5. 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.

    6. KiTTY is an opensource terminal emulator, forked from PuTTY , that adds many extra features to the original software.
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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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    7. Fish is a user friendly command line shell for UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux.
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    8. Tabby 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.
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      Tabby vs PowerShell opinions
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      Great looking, fast, convenient.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    9. 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.
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