How to Install Windows Terminal Using PowerShell Add-AppxPackage Command

How to Install Windows Terminal Using PowerShell Add-AppxPackage Command

In this tutorial, you will learn how you can use the PowerShell Add-AppxPackage command to install the Windows Terminal using the msixbundle.

The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL. Its main features include multiple tabs, panes, Unicode and UTF-8 character support, a GPU accelerated text rendering engine, and custom themes, styles, and configurations.

The default method of instaling the Windows terminal is using the Microsoft Store or external package managers such as scoop or chocolatey However, iIn some instances, you may come across an instnace where you do not have access to the Windows store or external package managers.


Installing the Windows Terminal requires Windows 10 2004 (build 19041) and later.

Step 1 - Download the Windows Terminal msixbundle.

Start by navigating to the Windows Termial release page on Github using the link provided below:

Head over to the Assets section and download the latest release of the Windows Terminal build.

Step 2 - Import the Apps PowerShell Module

If you are using PowerShell version 7.0 and above, start by importing the Appx module which allows you to run commands for managing AppX and MSIX Packages:

Open the PowerShell as Administrator and run the command:

Import-Module Appx -UseWindowsPowerShell

Next, navigate to the directory where the downloaded Windows Terminal msix bundle is located:

cd .\Downloads

FInally, run the command:

Add-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_<versionNumber>.msixbundle

Replace the versionNumber with the number of the file you downloaded earlier.

Example command:

Add-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsTerminal_Win10_1.15.2874.0_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle

Success! And there you have it!


In this short post, you learned how to manually install the Window Terminal using the provided msixbundle and Add-AppxPackage command in PowerShell.

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