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Scoop & Co

This page describes how I'm current-ly using Scoop (and other Package Managers) to configure my system

The Daddy... Scoop!

Get and check out the Scoop Home Page (which seems to have superceded the wiki) for latest info - or see below for the TL;DR

Scoop focuses on open-source, command-line developer tools" but then those are the kinds of tools I'm using more and more... ...You're familiar with UNIX tools, and you wish there were more of them on Windows


Install scoop and base set of tools

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -Scope CurrentUser
Invoke-Expression (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('')
scoop help

scoop install 7zip git git-filter-repo
scoop install sudo
scoop install aria2 lessmsi innounp
scoop install curl grep sed less nano bind
scoop install coreutils
# vim
scoop install vim
set ff=unix

set cindent
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
set expandtab
set backupdir=$TEMP
' | out-file ~/.vimrc -enc oem -append

coreutils is a multi-tool package - "a collection of GNU utilities such as bash, make, gawk and grep based on MSYS"


you can use the Unix tool ls after installing coreutils but you first need to remove the PowerShell alias already in place
i.e. add this to your Powershell $profile:

scoop install pwsh

...switch to powershell core

#powershell 6 and above
Remove-Alias -Name ls
Remove-Alias -Name cat
Remove-Alias -Name mv
Remove-Alias -Name ps
Remove-Alias -Name pwd
Remove-Alias -Name rm


Then, I add additional Buckets. Buckets are collections of apps which are additional / optional to the main bucket

scoop bucket add extras
scoop bucket add versions
scoop bucket add Sysinternals ''

Then yet more handy tools I use (some are from the extras bucket):

scoop install vscode azure-cli azure-ps storageexplorer dotnet-sdk
scoop install go lua docker kubectl helm make
scoop install nodejs nvs yarn openssl
scoop install azure-functions-core-tools
scoop install vcredist2019
scoop install notepadplusplus windows-terminal postman
scoop install
scoop install gh

scoop bucket add instrumenta
scoop install kubeval
scoop install conftest

# SysInternals (now in extras bucket)
scoop install sysinternals

#scoop install krita brackets

# Used to install with scoop but are now in PSGallery
Install-PackageProvider -Name NuGet -MinimumVersion -Force -Scope CurrentUser
Install-Module posh-git -Scope CurrentUser
Install-Module oh-my-posh -Scope CurrentUser


Other useful (possibly useful?) buckets that I've not yet had a use for:


Referencing the path to an application installed by Scoop



Those installed with the --global (and with the sudo command) will reside in the path


For each version of an application the files will be in a directory with the version number, but Scoop creates a Shim for the current version in the path %UserProfile%\scoop\apps\{AppName}\current.

For example: the path to Python (python.exe) will be either:


For system tools you'll probably want to use the current shim to avoid those tools breaking between updates.

Specifying Application Versions

The versions bucket contains a way to obtain versions other than the latest version of an application. This is used in combination with scoop reset command to switch between versions of an app. Scoop creates a shim for each version and scoop reset switches the current shim between those versions.

For example: Switching-Ruby-And-Python-Versions

Updating Applications

scoop status is used to display any available updates:

scoop update

...and then scoop update is used to update one or more applications (in a single command if you like!).

scoop update

Other miscellany

Multi-Connection Downloads

Downloads can be speeded up by using Aria2. See also lukesampson/scoop#multi-connection-downloads-with-aria2

MSI extraction

If installed, scoop can be prevented from using it if necessary by running scoop config aria2-enabled $false

I had a problem installing Brackets and it was resolved by installing LessMSI - but at the moment I'm not sure why...

!!!info What is LessMSI? A tool to view and extract the contents of a Windows Installer (.msi) file.

scoop install lessmsi
scoop config MSIEXTRACT_USE_LESSMSI $true

Common Pre-Requisites

The following is a set of common pre-requisites for installing tools and utilities (e.g. the pip package manager for python tools):

Python and PIP

scoop install python miniconda3
scoop install curl
curl -o
# pip and other tools be later upgraded by re-running the above or running:
python -m pip install -U pip
# when running behind a corporate propxy, the following command should still work:
sudo pip install --upgrade --trusted-host --trusted-host pip setuptools wheel

System Fonts

Here's another place where Scoop comes to the rescue to avoid clunky download and installs for system fonts!


note how sudo is being used to install the font as a global / system font - this obvisouly pops up a UAC prompt as it requires elevated provilege to install a system font...

scoop bucket add nerd-fonts
sudo scoop install Delugia-Nerd-Font-Complete Cascadia-Code Meslo-NF Meslo-NF-Mono

Productivity Tools


MkDocs "Project documentation with Markdown"

I use this for writing this site!:

pip install mkdocs
python .\scoop\apps\python\current\Tools\scripts\

Install the Custom Theme

Using Material theme and dependencies for CodeHilite

pip install mkdocs-material
pip install pygments # for source code syntax highlighting


This a version of asciinema for recording and re-playing PowerShell terminal sessions. Once recorded you upload the recording and share it with the world!

What is asciinema and how do I get it?!

If you've never used asciinema before and you want to share a demo of something at a terminal then you'll love this tool.

  • Simply go to
  • click on Log in / Sign up
  • Enter an email address
  • Click on the link in the confirmation email
  • Choose a username
  • Stay logged into that browser on that machine and you can then PowerSession auth to create a link between the terminal and your asciinema account

Apparently tt's based on Windows Pseudo Console (ConPTY).

# Installation
scoop install PowerSession

# Usage: Log in on the machine where you want to make a recording
Powersession auth
# ... copy the URL you're given and paste it into your browser as instructed

# Record a Terminal session (it will open a new session for you)
PowerSession rec a.txt

# Play back the recording to check that it's OK to upload
PowerSession play a.txt

# If it's ok then
PowerSession upload a.txt

An example of an uploaded recording looks like this!

Last update: 2022-04-19