Install Cygwin Packages from the Command Line Using Setup

Cygwin is program that lets you run Linux/Unix utilties on windows. One problem with Cygwin is you always forget to install something. What are you options? There are a couple of package managers for Cygwin with confusing names: apt-cyg and cyg-apt. One of this works well, but I can never remember which one.

Turns out there is an easier option. Do the following:

  1. Copy the Cygwin setup program to your Cygwin directory.
    • For 32 bit, copy setup-x86.exe to C:\cygwin.
    • For 64 bit, copy setup-x86_64.exe to C:\cygwin64.
  2. Use the setup program to install new packages from the command line. Just navigate to your cygwin directory and type (use 32 bit or 64 bit command depending on your Windows version):

     setup-x86.exe -q -P Package1,Package2,Package3

This launches the setup program which downloads the package and any required dependencies. No packaging software required.

You can get a complete list of available Cygwin packages at: