In this tutorial, you will learn how you can install and configure the latest Windows terminal on your machine.
As developers, we mostly spend more than half of our productivity time in the terminal. It is therefore crucial to customize your terminal interface to your liking and target operations.
In the olden days, when working in Windows, you'd have to opt to third-party providers to get a good terminal customization. However, in the recent days, Microsoft has created the Windows Terminal which bring a lot of functionality and customization. It is easy to use and integrates with existing tools such as WSL, Command Prompt, PowerShell, Git and more.
What is Windows Terminal?
Windows Terminal is a new, modern, feature-rich, productive terminal application for command-line users. It includes many of the features most frequently requested by the Windows command-line community including support for tabs, rich text, globalization, configurability, theming & styling, and more.
You will require the following:
- Windows 10 Build 2004 and above.
- PowerShell 7 or later
Installing Windows Terminal - Microsoft Store
The first and most common method to get Windows Terminal running on your Windows machine is using the Windows Store.
Open the Windows Store and Search "Windows Terminal".
You can also navigate to the resource below:
Select the Windows Terminal and click Install on the left menu.
Method 2 - Manual Install
In some cases, you may be unable to install the Microsoft Terminal from the Microsoft Store. For that, you can download the installer from the resource below:
Once downloaded, launch the installer and select install.
Wait for the installation to complete.
Method 3 - Using Windows Package Manager
If you have the Windows Package Manager installed (
winget), you can run the command below to install the new Windows terminal:
winget install --id=Microsoft.WindowsTerminal -e
You can learn how to setup the Windows Package manager in the resource below:
Method 3 - Using Scoop
If you are using scoop as your package manager, run the command below to install Windows Terminal:
scoop bucket add extras scoop install windows-terminal
Method 4 - Using Chocolatey
For chocolatey package manager, run the command:
choco install microsoft-windows-terminal
Set Windows Termina as Default.
To set the Windows Terminal as your default terminal emulator, launch the Windows terminal and Navigate into the settings page.
In the settings window, select "Default Terminal Application" and choose "Windows Terminal".
Finally, Click Save and exit the settings window.
In this article, you discovered various methods of installing and configuring the latest Windows Terminal on your machine.
Thanks for reading!!