Using multiple different shells/subsystems on Windows

Shells to be used:

All of the above are managed through one shell manager - ConEmu .

First install all the shells, then ConEmu.

Easy installation of useful dev tools

Use scoop to install basic utilities and languages. Install from powershell (without admin rights):

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -scope CurrentUser
iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')

Using command scoop export you can get an importable list of all installed packages. Here's mine currently: scoop-export.txt .

Tweaks to shells


To get auto-completion support similar to what you get in bash, install clink .


Win + Alt + P to open Properties. Startup -> Tasks and set shortcuts for shells you'll be using.

  • Alt + C for cmd.exe
  • Alt + Shift + C for elevated cmd.exe
  • Alt + W for MINGW from git
  • Alt + Y for Cygwin

The full config is here , can be imported at installation time.


Basic packages to install throught setup.exe:

  • wget
  • curl
  • lynx
  • zip
  • unzip

There is little known package manager that can be used from inside cygwin without having to run setup.exe all the time: apt-cyg .


lynx -source > apt-cyg
install apt-cyg /bin
Dmitry Avtonomov
Software Engineer

My main research interests are data visualization and processing for mass spectrometry.