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To get to the PowerShell prompt
- "Start" --> (Search) "cmd"
- Terminal window should appear
- Prompt should now start with "PS "
Make sure you have PowerShell 3 or later installed. If you're on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012 you should be all set, but Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 might have older versions.
$psversiontable.psversion.major # should be >= 3
Make sure you have allowed PowerShell to execute local scripts:
set-executionpolicy remotesigned -scope currentuser
Unrestricted will work too, but it is less secure. So stick with
RemoteSigned if you're not sure.
In a PowerShell command console, run:
iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('https://get.scoop.sh')
Installing Scoop to Custom Directory
Assuming the target directory is
D:\Applications\Scoop, in a PowerShell command console, run:
[environment]::setEnvironmentVariable('SCOOP','D:\Applications\Scoop','User') $env:SCOOP='D:\Applications\Scoop' iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('https://get.scoop.sh')
Assuming you didn't see any error messages, Scoop is now ready to run.
Installing global apps to Custom Directory
[environment]::setEnvironmentVariable('SCOOP_GLOBAL','F:\GlobalScoopApps','Machine') $env:SCOOP_GLOBAL='F:\GlobalScoopApps' scoop install -g <app>
Although Scoop is written in PowerShell, it's interface is closer to Git and Mercurial than it is to most PowerShell programs.
To get an overview of Scoop's interface, run:
You'll see a list of commands with a brief summary of what each command does. For more detailed information on a command, run
scoop help <command>, e.g.
scoop help install (try it!).
Now that you have a rough idea of how Scoop commands work, let's try installing something.
scoop install curl
You'll probably see a warning about a missing hash, but you should see a final message that cURL was installed successfully. Try running it:
curl -L https://get.scoop.sh
You should see some HTML, probably with a 'document moved' message. Note that, like when you installed Scoop, you didn't need to restart your console for the program to work. Also, if you've installed cURL manually before you might have noticed that you didn't get an error about SSL—Scoop downloaded a certificate bundle for you.
Let's say you want to install the
ssh command but you're not sure where to find it. Try running:
scoop search ssh
You'll should see a result for 'openssh'. This is an easy case because the name of the app contains 'ssh'.
You can also find apps by the name of the commands they install. For example,
scoop search hg
This shows you that the 'mercurial' app includes 'hg.exe'.
To get the latest version of Scoop you have to run the command
This will download the latest version of scoop and updates the local app manifests.
After you updated Scoop you can update individual apps
scoop update curl
If you want to update all your installed apps, you can run
scoop update *