Scoop is a command-line installer for Windows.
What does Scoop do?
Scoop installs programs from the command line with a minimal amount of friction. It tries to eliminate things like:
- Permission popup windows
- GUI wizard-style installers
- Path pollution from installing lots of programs
- Unexpected side-effects from installing and uninstalling programs
- The need to find and install dependencies
- The need to perform extra setup steps to get a working program
Scoop is very scriptable, so you can run repeatable setups to get your environment just the way you like, e.g.:
scoop install sudo sudo scoop install 7zip git openssh --global scoop install aria2 curl grep sed less touch scoop install python ruby go perl
If you've built software that you'd like others to use, Scoop is an alternative to building an installer (e.g. MSI or InnoSetup) — you just need to zip your program and provide a JSON manifest that describes how to install it.
- Windows 7 SP1+ / Windows Server 2008+
- PowerShell 5 (or later, include PowerShell Core) and .NET Framework 4.5 (or later)
- PowerShell must be enabled for your user account e.g.
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser
Run the following command from your PowerShell to install scoop to its default location (
Invoke-Expression (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://get.scoop.sh') # or shorter iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex
Once installed, run
scoop help for instructions.
The default setup is configured so all user installed programs and Scoop itself live in
C:\Users\<user>\scoop. Globally installed programs (
--global) live in
C:\ProgramData\scoop. These settings can be changed through environment variables.
Install Scoop to a Custom Directory by changing
$env:SCOOP='D:\Applications\Scoop' [Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable('SCOOP', $env:SCOOP, 'User') # run the installer
Configure Scoop to install global programs to a Custom Directory by changing
$env:SCOOP_GLOBAL='F:\GlobalScoopApps' [Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable('SCOOP_GLOBAL', $env:SCOOP_GLOBAL, 'Machine') # run the installer
Multi-connection downloads with
Scoop can utilize
aria2 to use multi-connection downloads. Simply install
aria2 through Scoop and it will be used for all downloads afterward.
scoop install aria2
You can tweak the following
aria2 settings with the
scoop config command:
- aria2-enabled (default: true)
- aria2-retry-wait (default: 2)
- aria2-split (default: 5)
- aria2-max-connection-per-server (default: 5)
- aria2-min-split-size (default: 5M)
What sort of apps can Scoop install?
The apps that install best with Scoop are commonly called "portable" apps: i.e. compressed program files that run stand-alone when extracted and don't have side-effects like changing the registry or putting files outside the program directory.
Since installers are common, Scoop supports them too (and their uninstallers).
Scoop is also great at handling single-file programs and Powershell scripts. These don't even need to be compressed. See the runat package for an example: it's really just a GitHub gist.
Support this project
If you find Scoop useful and would like to support ongoing development and maintenance, here's how:
- PayPal (one-time donation)
Known application buckets
The following buckets are known to scoop:
- main - Default bucket for the most common (mostly CLI) apps
- extras - Apps that don't fit the main bucket's criteria
- games - Open source/freeware games and game-related tools
- nerd-fonts - Nerd Fonts
- nirsoft - A subset of the 250 Nirsoft apps
- java - Installers for Oracle Java, OpenJDK, Zulu, ojdkbuild, AdoptOpenJDK, Amazon Corretto, BellSoft Liberica & SapMachine
- jetbrains - Installers for all JetBrains utilities and IDEs
- nonportable - Non-portable apps (may require UAC)
- php - Installers for most versions of PHP
- versions - Alternative versions of apps found in other buckets
The main bucket is installed by default. To add any of the other buckets, type:
scoop bucket add bucketname
For example, to add the extras bucket, type:
scoop bucket add extras
Other application buckets
Many other application buckets hosted on Github can be found in the Scoop Directory.