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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, ConEmu, Tabby Terminal and Hyper.

PowerShell alternatives are mainly Terminal Emulators but 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.
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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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  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.

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    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...

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    Shell != Console Emulator

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  4. Tabby is an infinitely customizable cross-platform terminal app for local shells, serial, SSH and Telnet connections.

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    Great looking, fast, convenient.

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  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.

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

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    fish

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Fish is a user friendly command line shell for UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux.

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    MinGW

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

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    MSYS2

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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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