What does Scoop do?
Scoop installs programs from the command line with a minimal amount of friction. It tries to eliminate things like:
- Permission popup windows
- GUI wizard-style installers
- Path pollution from installing lots of programs
- Unexpected side-effects from installing and uninstalling programs
- The need to find and install dependencies
- The need to perform extra setup steps to get a working program
Scoop is very scriptable, so you can run repeatable setups to get your environment just the way you like, for example:
scoop install sudo sudo scoop install 7zip git openssh --global scoop install aria2 curl grep sed less touch scoop install python ruby go perl
If you've built software that you'd like others to use, Scoop is an alternative to building an installer (e.g. MSI or InnoSetup) — you just need to zip your program and provide a JSON manifest that describes how to install it.
What sort of apps can Scoop install?
The apps that install best with Scoop are commonly called "portable" apps: i.e. compressed program files that run stand-alone when extracted and don't have side-effects like changing the registry or putting files outside the program directory.
Since installers are common, Scoop supports them too (and their uninstallers).
Scoop is also great at handling single-file programs and PowerShell scripts. These don't even need to be compressed. See the runat package for an example: it's really just a GitHub gist.