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Article from ADMIN 81/2024
The WinGet client for the Windows Package Manager improves the software installation experience for administrators, developers, and users and provides a way to create and share software in the WinGet package format for publishing to public and private repos.

The Windows Package Manager is Microsoft's answer for simplifying the deployment and management of applications within the Windows ecosystem. The WinGet client, generally synonymous with Windows Package Manager, is the main face of this relatively new package system and offers a command-line interface (CLI).

Drawing on the rich heritage of Linux package managers such as Apt and Windows-native equivalents such as Chocolatey and AppGet, WinGet signifies Microsoft's most direct effort to refine the software installation experience for administrators, developers, and users. Since its launch in May 2021 with version 1.0, Windows Package Manager has quickly gained acceptance through community adoption of WinGet and its public repository, with more than 4,000 package contributions. In this article, I touch on the WinGet CLI and the associated app lifecycle and provide an overview of creating and sharing your installer in a WinGet package format.

Why WinGet?

The evolution of package management in the Windows ecosystem has been more than 10 years in the making. Chocolatey, initially a small project that gained traction through Kickstarter support, has evolved into a robust ecosystem, significantly strengthened by the success of its funding campaign. This gradual progression has set the stage for future developments in Windows package management. Meanwhile, another project, AppGet, was also quietly taking shape.

The package management scene for Windows took a notable turn in 2020, with an announcement at the annual Microsoft Build conference of the Windows Package Manager WinGet client, marking a new era in Windows software management. WinGet consolidated crucial features from predecessors such as AppGet, creating a comprehensive package management solution for the Windows ecosystem. The success of a package manager hinges on active community participation and meeting the needs of users,

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