How to Install Windows Package Manager on Windows 10 and 11

In Short
  • The Windows Package Manager aka the Winget tool comes pre-installed on Windows 11.
  • For Windows 10, you need to install the App Installer package from the Microsoft Store.
  • We have added some Winget commands to get started with the command-line tool quickly.

In the past few years, we have seen Microsoft embracing open-source technology. It started with the release of Windows Subsystem for Linux, then Microsoft acquired GitHub, and in 2020, it released the Windows Package Manager aka the Winget tool on Windows 10 and 11. It works similarly to APT on Linux, and you can use Winget to search, install, upgrade, and remove apps in a command-line interface effortlessly. So if that interests you, learn how you can install Windows Package Manager on Windows 10 and 11.

Install Windows Package Manager (Winget) on Windows 10 and 11

Note: Besides Windows 11, the Windows Package Manager (Winget) is only supported on Windows 10 Version 1709 (October 2017) or later.

  • To install the Windows Package Manager, you need to install App Installer (Free) from the Microsoft Store.
  • On Windows 11, it should be already installed. If it requires an update, go ahead and update it right away to get the latest version of Winget.
install app installer from microsoft store
  • Now that Winget is installed on your PC, open Command Prompt, Windows Terminal, or Windows PowerShell.
  • Here, type the below command and press Enter. It should return the version number, which means Winget is installed on your Windows 10/11 PC.
winget --version
check winget version

How to Use Winget on Windows 10 and 11

  • To search an app using the Windows Package Manager, you need to run the below command. Make sure to replace appname with whatever you are searching for.
winget search appname
search for apps using winget
  • Now, to install the app using Winget on Windows 10 and 11, run the below command. Make sure to replace app_id with the name under the “Id” column.
winget install app_id
install apps using winget
  • To download an app using Windows Package Manager, run the below command. The setup file will be saved to the Downloads folder.
winget download app_id
download apps using winget
  • You can also run the show command to view the details of an app inside the Terminal. Of course, you need to replace the app_id with the actual app ID.
winget show app_id
view detail of apps using winget
winget uninstall app_id
uninstall apps using winget
  • To display all the installed packages, run this command.
winget list
list all installed apps using winget
  • To upgrade an installed package, you need to use the below command.
winget upgrade app_id
update package using winget
  • To find packages for which updates are available, run the below command. To update all the pending apps, run the second command.
winget update
winget update --all
  • update all packages on windows using winget
  • find all apps with updates available using winget
  • To find more Winget commands, run this command or go to Microsoft’s documentation of the winget-cli tool (visit).
winget --help
winget help commands

So this is how you can install the Windows Package Manager on Windows 10 and 11 PCs. Windows 11 users already have it installed but if you have not updated it, go ahead and do it immediately. Not only for installing packages on the go, Winget is also a nifty tool for downloading popular Windows 11 apps. Moreover, if you are facing any issues, let us know in the comments section below.

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