PowerShell Alternatives for Windows

Popular Alternatives to PowerShell for Windows. Explore 25+ Windows apps like PowerShell, all suggested and ranked by the AlternativeTo user community.

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 Windows 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    • Great looking, fast, convenient. Guest • Sep 2019 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • Git Bash

    Git for Windows provides a BASH emulation used to run Git from the command line. *NIX users should feel right at home, as the BASH emulation behaves just like the "git" command in LINUX and UNIX environments.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • TEXTREME

    TEXTREME is a lively, animated text editor with the feel of a retro videogame complete with sounds and game-like visual effects. The screen shakes as you type while particle effects decorate new characters. Hit backspace and any characters you delete are sent flying off the screen. It's a unique editing experience for the gamer in all of us.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • PowerCmd

    A command prompt replacement for Windows that arranges command line windows in a graphical, tabbed user interface. Other features include saving and restoring sessions, text editing capabilities, bookmarks, a searchbar, a customizable toolbar, etc.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Fluent Terminal

    Fluent Terminal is a terminal emulator based on UWP and web technologies. FEATURES - Terminal for PowerShell, CMD, WSL or custom shells - Supports tabs and multiple windows - Theming and appearance configuration - Import/Export themes - Import iTerm themes - Fullscreen mode - Editable keybindings - Search function - Configure shell profiles to quickly switch between different shells - Explorer context menu integration (Installation script can be found here)

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • RXVT

    RXVT –our extended virtual terminal– is a terminal emulator for X11. It is a popular replacement for the standard ‘xterm’.

    • Discontinued Last updated in 2013.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux

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  • win-bash

    win-bash is a Windows port of the famous GNU bash (see GNU Bash homepage). The goal of the win-bash project is to finish the port to Windows and provide a full functional bash.exe binary for windows nt and derived systems. win-bash can be used as a input shell as well as an interpreter to run un*x shell scripts

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed since 2016. Last version, 1.1, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • TCC/LE

    The most powerful Windows console command line tools and batch scripting solution available. Create batch file commands and Windows batch files that you can use every day - for everything from launching applications to serious file management and scripting. Its the command line and console environment for programmers, operations and tech support personnel. Download today, and discover how our products can help you.

    • Very powerful scripting language, much less verbose than Powershell. It also replaces basic command line interal commands (dir, copy, ren, etc.) with compatible, but much more powerful versions. Numerous additional commands, and a far more readable syntax. I find I can bang out a TCC script in about a tenth the time it takes to do a similar Powershell script. There are some things that Powershell can do that TCC can't, and vice versa, but where they overlap, I find TCC is almost always faster. billdehaanApr 2017 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium Windows

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  • Take Command

    The most powerful Windows console command line tools and batch scripting solution available. Create batch file commands and Windows batch files that you can use every day - for everything from launching applications to serious file management and scripting. Its the command line and console environment for programmers, operations and tech support personnel. Download today, and discover how our products can help you.

    Commercial Windows

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  • PyCmd

    PyCmd is a smart command prompt extension for Windows cmd.exe; its purpose is to emulate a few power features of UNIX shells (decent Tab-completion, persistent history, etc.) while remaining 100% compatible with the cmd.exe syntax.

    Free Open Source Windows

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