How to turn your Windows 10 into unix like environment


What is Msys2 [ ]

MSYS2 is a software distro and building platform for Windows

At its core is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software. It provides a bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains.

It features a package management system to provide easy installation of packages, Pacman. It brings many powerful features such as dependency resolution and simple complete system upgrades, as well as straight-forward package building.


How to install it and add basic tools?

  • Get Msys2 from
  • Install as described at the msys2 home page
  • Rename the file c:\msys64\usr\bin\ssh.exe to c:\msys64\usr\bin\ssh.exe_old
  • Run commands in Msys2 terminal window
pacman -S net-utils msys/screenfetch
pacman -S msys/vim msys/bc nano msys/tmux wget gzip zip unzip msys/p7zip tar msys/tree

Have fun!!!



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