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The 'Scoop' on my personal machine build...

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 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

Invoke-Expression (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('')
scoop install sudo
sudo scoop install 7zip git openssh --global
scoop install aria2 lessmsi
scoop install curl grep sed less touch
scoop install coreutils

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:

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 pwsh go docker kubectl helm make
scoop install azure-cli azure-ps storageexplorer dotnet-sdk pulumi
scoop install nodejs yarn openssl
scoop install azure-functions-core-tools
scoop install vcredist2019 linqpad notepadplusplus windows-terminal postman
scoop install krita brackets

scoop bucket add instrumenta
scoop install kubeval


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


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

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: 2020-04-07