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Cygwin is a UNIX emulation layer for Windows. It makes things easier if you are used to a UNIX shell and its command-line tools. Another option is MinGW, but Cygwin is more mature and has easier package management. MinGW can be used in a Cygwin environment to build native Windows applications if needed.


  • Download and run the installer from www.cygwin.com or use this direct link to setup.exe.
  • Use the installation wizard to install Cygwin. Keep the defaults unless you know what you're doing. Make sure you install Cygwin in a path without spaces (e.g. c:\cygwin).
  • During the Package Selection step you can choose additional packages beyond those that are installed by default.

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