UNIX Command Line Tools For MS-Windows XP / Vista / 7 Operating Systems

I wish I had access to one of those nifty UNIX command-line tools under MS-Windows Vista or XP operating systems. How do I access UNIX command line utilities under Windows with out using virtualization?

A Unix-like environment and command-line interface for Microsoft Windows can be provided using the following softwares.

Cygwin

Cygwin provides native integration of Windows-based applications, data, and other system resources with applications, software tools, and data of the Unix-like environment. Thus it is possible to launch Windows applications from the Cygwin environment, as well as to use Cygwin tools and applications within the Windows operating context.

GNU Utilities For Win32

Here are some ports of common GNU utilities to native Win32. In this context, native means the executables do only depend on the Microsoft C-runtime (msvcrt.dll) and not an emulation layer like that provided by Cygwin tools. If you don’t care about having a full UNIX shell environment, this is a great download for you.

GnuWin

GnuWin provides Win32-versions of GNU tools, or tools with a similar open source licence. The ports are native ports, that is they rely only on libraries provided with any 32-bits MS-Windows operating system, such as MS-Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / NT / XP / Vista etc.

40 UNIX Commands Ported To DOS

A little outdated but provides 40 UNIX utilities for DOS and it may work under earlier version of Windows too.

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