Winstall is a (web) GUI for Windows Package Manager (winget)

Martin Brinkmann
May 23, 2020
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft unveiled the open source Windows Package Manager during the virtual Build 2020 conference this week. The command line program allows administrators and users to download, install and manage software applications. It supports installing one or multiple programs, and includes a long sourced list of applications that can be installed (including many non-Microsoft programs).

Winget can be downloaded and run on Windows 10 version 1709 or later devices. The installation of single applications is very straightforward while the mass installation of software requires the use of scripts.

Winstall is a free web service that makes batch installs easier. It has been designed for Microsoft's Windows Package Manager and works similarly to Ninite. Basically, what it allows you to do is select applications that you want to install in a single operation on target systems.

The web service queries Microsoft's official repository whenever you connect to the site to grab the latest apps data. The data includes the list of applications that are supported by Windows Package Manager.

Winstall pulls meta data only if you select applications in order to avoid hitting GitHub API limits. It displays information such as the version of a program or its description in the interface. Options to download the installer or open the developer website are provided.

You may select multiple applications from the list of supported applications to have the site generate a script to download these at once on the system the script is executed on.

The script is provided as a command prompt batch script and as a PowerShell script. You can download the script to the system or copy it to the Clipboard if you prefer it that way. All that is left is to paste the script into a Windows Terminal application to execute it. Note that you need to download winget first from Microsoft as it is not included when you download the script.

Closing Words

Winstall is a handy web service to create install scripts quickly. Note that you can only do that, uninstallation scripts are not provided at this point in time.  The web service is developed by the developer of Tweeten App, a popular Twitter interface.

Now You: what is your take on the Windows Package Manager?

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  1. Peter Newton said on May 27, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Hi all ….. :)

    Win[d]get …. hmmmm, if I used Windblows, does this mean that every time I use Win[d]get, I suffer an immense bout of flatulence ?

    Answers on a postcard please to: The nearest black hole in the galaxy, PO box 666, Hell.

    The most creative answer will receive a prize, the original draft of the source code for Notepad, as it was first written on toilet paper !

    Peter Newton [London UK]

  2. Anonymous said on May 27, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Microsoft basically stole the idea from Keivan Beigi after meeting with him. He got Sherlocked.

  3. Selman said on May 25, 2020 at 6:18 am

    The ability to view the package source is very useful, the direct link to the exe from vendor site and the silent or unattended command line arguments. This is the value of Chocolatey.

    Winstall only provides an MSI or the winget install command, cannot see what it’s doing under the hood, required trust level is too high.

    1. CKing123 said on May 28, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      It tells you the installer it uses, and those are either msi or appx, so you can just see what those installers do as msi and appx are standard formats and a bunch of utilities exist that show you where an msi installer places the files and what files, etc

  4. rickis said on May 24, 2020 at 11:22 am

    so, windows finally has a CLI package manager… and someone is making a GUI for it…

    pretty inane.

    1. Anonymous said on May 26, 2020 at 12:02 am

      Yeah you didnt read it did you? the website is a list where you click what you want and it creates a script for you, it works in CL.
      most all websites have a GUI…………

  5. JohnC said on May 23, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    SharpApp includes the new winget package manager also in the app gui itself

    1. _noSign said on May 23, 2023 at 8:06 am

      Error 404

  6. Odin said on May 23, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    How does Windows Package Manager compare to Chocolatey?

    1. Yvan said on May 27, 2020 at 10:30 am

      For now I’ve read that Winget doesn’t manage uninstall… But I think that chocolatey might die slowly as Microsoft develop its own package manager…
      However, I none of those solution are safe enough to manage a corporate fleet in my opinion… Just usefull to manage a computer at home! Other package management colution are much better for corporate environment

  7. ilev said on May 23, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    There was no need to copy Ninite which has a much bigger list of software.
    The fate of Winstall/Winget will be the same as the fate of UMP/Microsoft Store: Disaster.

    1. Anonymous said on May 26, 2020 at 4:41 am

      “The fate of Winstall/Winget will be the same as the fate of UMP/Microsoft Store: Disaster.”

      Microsoft doesn’t do things to benefit customers, it does things to control the market and benefit itself. When there are honest, open alternatives Microsoft always loses to them. MS claims this app is “open source” but MS controls the service. It’s just an interface. Why would someone want MS to control what they can download? Then get extorted by MS for subscription fees or in-app ads or some other goofy, greedy MS marketing scheme?

      1. JAG said on August 8, 2020 at 9:14 am

        “MS claims this app is “open source” but MS controls the service.”

        The software is MIT licensed. You can, in fact, build the software yourself. The service microsoft provides is authenticated builds and downloads and additionally running scanners on packages to check for obvious malicious stuff. I don’t see how M$ is controlling what people download; they are giving independent vendors a distribution avenue that is officially supported by M$. At the very least, you have failed to produce any evidence that this tool is malicious; it’s just paranoia and conspiracy.

    2. neutral said on May 25, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      No need to show the whole world that you’re a Ninite fanboy, we get it😱
      Winstall has a huge package list, and is Open Source

  8. Anona said on May 23, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    I checked but even some Microsoft Store apps are missing, such as Okular. Or niche browsers such as Vivaldi or Pale Moon or Chrome. Chocolatey has all of those. But maybe in a year or so winget is “ready”.

    1. CKing123 said on May 28, 2020 at 5:13 pm

      Also, we have browsers like Vivaldi, Brave, Firefox, and Chrome on the package manager already That is a lie.

    2. sadas said on May 24, 2020 at 9:14 am

      winget install –id=Google.Chrome -e
      chrome isn’t missing.

      1. _noSign said on May 23, 2023 at 7:47 am

        winget install –id=Google.Chrome -e

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