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Installing the CoApp Developer Tools for PowerShell


  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

You need these or later versions of Windows because the tools require Powershell 3.0

  • PowerShell 3.0

Windows 8 - Installed by default Windows 7 or Windows Vista - Install from

  • NuGet 2.5 or later

2.5 Release : Install the Visual Studio Integration component (VSIX)

  • CoApp PowerShell Tools

Stable 'beta' release :

  • Optional:

Notepad++ : Syntax-highlighting language file :

Installing the package

Installation is simple -- as long as you have PowerShell 3.0 installed, just download and run the CoApp PowerShell tools MSI installer.

First Time Installation Issue
One quick issue: When the installer runs the first time, Windows Installer doesn't always refresh the environment variables like it should.

To make sure that the <code>PSMODULEPATH</code> environment variable is correctly set for new PowerShell console Windows, you either have to: reboot,<br><br>

<b>Or,</b> force Explorer.EXE to reload the environment, (and thereby avoiding a reboot) by opening a PowerShell console and running the following:

<div style="white-space: pre; line-height: 1; background: #FFFFFF; "><span style="font-family: Consolas;font-size: 10pt;color: #008000;"># Forces Explorer.exe to realize the environment has changed.</span><span style="font-family: Consolas;font-size: 10pt;color: #000000;">

[System.Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("PSMODULEPATH", [System.Environment]::GetEnvironmentVariable("PSMODULEPATH", "User") , "User")

Then, close that PowerShell Window, and open a new one.
This step is not needed on updates.

<br><br>Once we switch to using the CoApp package manager to ship the tools, this issue will go away.

Updating the tools to the latest version

Once you have the CoApp PowerShell tools installed, you can update to the latest stable version:

Update-CoAppTools -KillPowershells

Or update to the latest beta version:

Update-CoAppTools -KillPowershells -Beta

Getting Started building C/C++ packages

We have: - Tutorials and - online reference pages, - and even a video tutorial you can watch.

When you need a bit more help...

Tim and I are nearly always hanging out during the day on IRC at irc://

When stuff breaks, you can even file a bug.

And if you're at you're wit's end you can: - tweet me @fearthecowboy - or heck, even just email me directly: -- (brave, eh?)