How to Install Scoop on windows

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Do you love open-source? Do you want to make your PowerShell really powerful? Consider installing scoop and make your life simple! πŸ˜„ Learn how can scoop help you to make your Visual Studio Code terminal colorful. This was my dream on windows machine to achieve. Please read my article till end and enjoy!

What is Scoop

Scoop is used to install tools or utilities or plugins for windows PowerShell or CommandLine. You can use scoop to install curl on windows machine.

I will install scoop to colorful my PowerShell like this. And then I will also make sure my Visual Studio Code terminal looks colorful like this.

πŸ¦‚ Installing Scoop

  1. Open PowerShell 7 in admin mode.
  2. Run iex
  3. Then in command enter (New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('') and hit enter.
  4. Or You can directly Run iex (new-object net.webclient).downloadstring('')

Confirm Scoop Installed

Run scoop help and see if it is installed.

Installing Curl using Scoop on Windows

Run scoop install curl it will install curl command line in your windows machine. It’s fun πŸ˜„

πŸ₯‡Coloring your PowerShell

  1. Open PowerShell profile normally it is at c:\users\<username>\My Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Microsoft.PowerShell_profile.ps1. Run $profile to learn where is your profile. If not then create new one.
  2. Add below script in profile file.
Invoke-Expression (oh-my-posh --init --shell pwsh --config "$(scoop prefix oh-my-posh)/themes/nu4a.omp.json")

Installing on-my-posh

Run scoop install to install on-my-post.

This installs a couple of things:

  1. oh-my-posh.exe - Windows executable, added to your $PATH
  2. oh-my-posh-wsl - Linux executable, added to your $PATH for use in the WSL
  3. themes - The latest Oh my Posh themes

Install Nerd Fonts

Oh-My-Posh needs Nerd Font therefore, you must install them.

  1. Download Nerd Fonts
  2. After downloading font install it.
  3. Open PowerShell and select your Nerd Font. I am using MesloLGL NF Font.

PowerShell is Colorful

Open PowerShell and notice it shows colors and Git status.

πŸ›• Changing Theme

Go to the folder where oh-my-posh is installed. Next go to the themes folder you will notice there are 37 themes.

Visualizing All Themes

Run get-poshthemes on PowerShell terminal to see all of them.

Changing Theme of PowerShell

Once you select your new theme then open PowerShell profile and change the theme json name. I have currently themes\nu4a.omp.json I will switch to themes\cert. With below new script

Invoke-Expression (oh-my-posh --init --shell pwsh --config "$(scoop prefix oh-my-posh)/themes/cert.omp.json")πŸ‘ˆ

Look at my new theme now

All done πŸŽ‰ enjoy power of scoop and coolness of PowerShell on your windows machine.



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