Cygwin

Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.7.15-1
  • Total Downloads:
    297,787
  • Date Added:
    May 14, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    710KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    373
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #9 in IDE Software

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4 stars

"Careful - 1.7.9 is last version that works with emacs"

January 04, 2013  |  By zorts

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.7.17-1

Pros

I've been using cygwin for years to provide the Unix tools I know and love on Windows. In particular, I run bash in an emacs shell. Great tool set.

Cons

AFAIK, 1.7.9 is the last version that plays well with emacs shell buffers. Newer versions have some problem with signal handling, such that CTRL-C no longer works. Look for the older version if you want to run bash in a shell buffer.

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5 stars

"Works great."

May 08, 2012  |  By M-C-123

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.7.14-2

Pros

Great UNIX shell for Windows.

Cons

Could have been easier to install.

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4 stars

"Best Unix-like environment on Windows"

July 31, 2011  |  By timho123

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.7.9-1

Pros

Good for someone to prepare Unix command on Windows

Cons

It is difficult to locate packages you need without doing exact search

Summary

It depends on the version of the Unix, some commands may work on Cygwin, but not on the Unix and vice verse.

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3 stars

"It is what it says, no more, no less."

April 08, 2010  |  By Tisiphne

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.5.25-14

Pros

It gives you the ability to run basic Linux-based scripts and programs on your Windows computer. It also provides the ability to use a Linux style interface instead of the Windows command prompt - including basic commands, if desired.

Cons

Prone to freezing and crashing, an odd selection of commands don't work, and it's an obscure solution in the day of cheap RAM and VirtualBox / VMWare.

Summary

If you can use a Linux VM, use it. Its more efficient, crashes less, and has full functionality. If you're just running one or two scripts, or writing your own, or there is no way you can use a Linux live CD or Virtual Machine, this is an alternative - the inverse of Wine, after a fashion (and it works about as reliably). Its free, so its absolutely worth a try if you are looking for this sort of solution.

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1 stars

"Fundamentally flawed concept"

February 08, 2010  |  By jbartas

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.5.25-14

Pros

None that I know of

Cons

- Fundamentally flawed concept
- It never goes away

Summary

As a computer consultant, certain clients have forced me to use Cygwin on & off for decades. It's main idea is to put a layer of Unix-like software on MS-Windows, sort of like pouring chocolate syrup on a cow pie. It may smell all Unixy-chocolatty, but underneath it's still just Windows.

Cygwin is kept alive by Unix (and more recently Linux) bigots who are forced to work on Windows and don't want to learn it. Within limits, Cygwin allows their favorite Linux tools to work in Windows. The problem is the oddball corner cases where you just can't hide the difference make more trouble than the system is worth. One recent example I had was a large build script on which failed on Cygwin. It was fixed by the console command "rename makefile makefile". This should do nothing, but since Linux file names are case sensitive and Windows is not, this will rename "Makefile" to "makefile" (lower case m) and make the script work. Minor nits like this can eat days of your time. There are better ways to handle this. Cygwin is not worth the pain.

Other problems with Cygwin are the size (~2 Gigs - three times bigger than an Ubuntu CD!!!), and the many hours to download and install, even over a T1 line.

When you need to run Linux software on windows, It's much better to use a Virtual machine, like VMware and Sun Virtual Box to run Fedora. Share a drive, use "putty 127.1" to make a windows console on the Linux box, and you can do ANYTHING Cygwin can and much more, with all the reliability and features of Real Linux. The only reason to use Cygwin is if some Luddite client, partner or boss forces you to. When this happens, make sure you charge them extra.

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4 stars

"Great help in reviewing."

January 20, 2009  |  By Marshall Nolan

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.5.25-14

Pros

Able to get practice in and actually develope some scripts nicely.

Cons

Wish I could do more with some of the features not supported.

Summary

Great product and the price is right!

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5 stars

"Fast, accurate, well written bash emulator... WONDERFUL!!"

January 15, 2008

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.5.1

Pros

Relieves me (and my files) from moving between platforms and frustration. Gives you full control on what you do (unlike Windows), just like any UNIX shell.

Cons

I wish it had the C shell and/or the K shell for more versatility.

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3 stars

"feeling good to use cygwin"

November 07, 2007  |  By puneeth gowda

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.5.1

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5 stars

"Excellent Develoment Tool"

April 27, 2006  |  By Amnon

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.5.1

Pros

This is an excellent tool for developing *nix applications while still running Windows. It feels just like working on a real unix shell.

Cons

The installer could have been simplified more - You have to know exactly what you need to get it. But then again, don't judge a program by its installer :P

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5 stars

"Fantastic: replaces MKS, Hummingbird eXceed, PUTTY and MS SFU 3.0"

July 29, 2005  |  By Othniel

 |  Version: Cygwin 1.3.22-1

Pros

Latest versions of Perl, Bash, vim, Xwindows, ssh, scp, gcc, g++, and vnc. Really like the new package selection program. Switch to Full View when selecting which components you want to install and just rerun the setup to add or delete pieces.

Cons

Version from this site (download) is out of date. Get latest downloader/setup program directly from cygwin.redhat dot com.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.7.15-1
Version 1.7.15-1 adds CYGWIN=pipe_byte option to force opening of pipes in byte mode rather than message mode.
General
Publisher Cygnus Solutions
Publisher web site http://www.cygwin.com/
Release Date May 14, 2012
Date Added May 14, 2012
Version 1.7.15-1
Category
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory IDE Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 710KB
File Name setup-x86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 297,787
Downloads Last Week 373
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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