This is part of a series on modern Windows utilities
WinGet, Windows' package manager
Packages can be installed, updated, and uninstalled. Additionally, the packages installed on a machine can be exported to a file and then installed on another machine using the generated file.
Some packages are installed only for the user running WinGet. Others are installed for all users and will pop up a dialog box requesting elevated permissions.
C:\> winget search KeePassXC Name Id Version Source -------------------------------------------------- KeePassXC XP8K2L36VP0QMB Unknown msstore KeePassXC KeePassXCTeam.KeePassXC 2.7.1 winget
C:\> winget show KeePassXCTeam.KeePassXC Found KeePassXC [KeePassXCTeam.KeePassXC] Version: 2.7.1 Publisher: KeePassXC Team Publisher Url: https://keepassxc.org Publisher Support Url: https://github.com/keepassxreboot/keepassxc/issues Author: KeePassXC Team [...] Installer: Type: wix Download Url: https://github.com/keepassxreboot/keepassxc/releases/download/2.7.1/KeePassXC-2.7.1-Win64.msi SHA256: a737dd49a49a3c4b5feadcc4fc60b7b039155d68c6ea68779f50431e8bd9bb37 Release Date: 2022-04-06
WinGet provides packages from two types of sources.
Packages from Source 'winget' are sourced from the link provided by the package maintainer. Use
winget show <package Id> to see where the installer will be downloaded from.
Packages from Source 'msstore' are downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
winget show <package Id> will still provide information about the package.
'msstore' packages often (always?) have an unknown version. This keeps WinGet from being able to update them.
WinGet knows about other packages, but if it can't determine the version number, it can't update them. WinGet works best as a general package manager when it's the primary source of packages.
Before installing a package, use
winget show <package Id> to ensure the installer is coming
from a trusted place.