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It is very paramount to install scoop on Windows, especially for every user of this Operating System. Scoop is a command liner installer designed for Windows. It comes in handy in so many instances, because, often at times, you would want to install an application, tool/utility from the command line. Well, this tool does all the tricks for you once you have it installed on your Windows system. Scoop can do the following;

  • Gets you the programs you require with minimum work from the command line
  • Just a scoop install gets you the apps you need
  • No need for admin permissions when you have scoop as installed programs go to your home directory

As the image above suggests, install scoop on Windows, the guide below will show you exactly how to do it.

Step 1. Open PowerShell and Install Scoop

  • To install scoop on Windows, you need to run the following command on PowerShell;
iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')

With the above one-liner, scoop will be installed in your Windows system.

PS C:\Users\Valentine> iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')
Downloading scoop...
Creating shim...
Downloading main bucket...
Adding ~\scoop\shims to your path.
'lastupdate' has been set to '2021-03-19T14:16:13.3248810+03:00'
Scoop was installed successfully!
Type 'scoop help' for instructions.
PS C:\Users\Valentine>

Step 2. Utilize Scoop

From the above description to install scoop just takes a few seconds. Now, lets make use of scoop on Windows. To get a better description of what you are working with, type;

scoop help
PS C:\Users\Valentine> scoop help
Usage: scoop <command> [<args>]

Some useful commands are:

alias       Manage scoop aliases
bucket      Manage Scoop buckets
cache       Show or clear the download cache
checkup     Check for potential problems
cleanup     Cleanup apps by removing old versions
config      Get or set configuration values
create      Create a custom app manifest
depends     List dependencies for an app
export      Exports (an importable) list of installed apps
help        Show help for a command
hold        Hold an app to disable updates
home        Opens the app homepage
info        Display information about an app
install     Install apps
list        List installed apps
prefix      Returns the path to the specified app
reset       Reset an app to resolve conflicts
search      Search available apps
status      Show status and check for new app versions
unhold      Unhold an app to enable updates
uninstall   Uninstall an app
update      Update apps, or Scoop itself
virustotal  Look for app's hash on
which       Locate a shim/executable (similar to 'which' on Linux)

Type 'scoop help <command>' to get help for a specific command.
PS C:\Users\Valentine> scoop help aliases
scoop help: no such command 'aliases'
PS C:\Users\Valentine> scoop help alias
Usage: scoop alias add|list|rm [<args>]

Add, remove or list Scoop aliases

Aliases are custom Scoop subcommands that can be created to make common tasks

To add an Alias:
    scoop alias add <name> <command> <description>

    scoop alias add rm 'scoop uninstall $args[0]' 'Uninstalls an app'
    scoop alias add upgrade 'scoop update *' 'Updates all apps, just like brew or apt'

  -v, --verbose   Show alias description and table headers (works only for 'list')

From the above description, you can get everything working just from learning the commands offered on scoop help .

  • To update apps or scoop itself;
scoop update
  • To update all apps;
scoop update *
  • To update a specific app; Just replace the * with the name of that specific app.
  • To install an app, type;
scoop install
  • To uninstall an app/software, just type the following command on PowerShell;
scoop uninstall [Name of the app]

NB/ Put the name of the app without the brackets.

  • You can also get help from scoop on what to install in case you do not know what to, through;
scoop search

NB/The above command lists al the available apps that you can install.

Final Thought

From the above experience, scoop is quite an awesome tool for Windows users. It does a lot for you in a very short time. It is also very easy to operate. Moreover, to install scoop on Windows, you just need a one liner command and you are good to go. If you are a Windows user, try this and please give feedback on your experience.

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Valentine is eager to learn new things, technology and life issues. She is curious enough to write about them. And, she uses her platform to educate others regarding the many sectors in life and most importantly technology.


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