How to install Cygwin

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Introduction

Cygwin is a Unix-like environment for windows.

Below are notes on how to install and setup cygwin for access to group computers.

Installation Notes

  1. Download setup.exe from www.cygwin.com/install.html

    You will want to download setupx86_64.exe if your system is 64-bit architecture, or setupx86.exe if your system is 32-bit architecture

    download

  2. Run application from your local harddrive
  3. Choose next on first screen

    setup

  4. Select “Install from internet” ad click next

    source

  5. Enter preferred installation (Root) directory and click next

    installation_location

  6. Enter a temportary installation directory and click next

    package_location

  7. Select “Direct Connection” and click next

    connection

  8. Select a download site and click next. (Any site that you can connect to is fine. Some sites are more stable and/or faster than others. Try to pick one that works for you)

    download_site

  9. Change the “View” dropdown to “Category” and select the packages you want to install and click next.

    Required packages you must install are:

    • openssh (Net)
    • unzip (Archive)
    • zip (Archive)
    • vim (Editors)
    • nano (Editors)
    • wget (Web)
    • curl (Net)
    • inetutils (Net)
    • rsync (Net)
    • diffutils (Utils)
    • bash-completion (Shells)
    • git (Devel)
    • xinit(X11)
    • cygutils-x11 (X11)
    • xterm (X11)

    packages

    Make sure to use the search bar located towards the top of the window to find the packages. An example is shown below

    zip_package

  10. Let the installation run. This may take a while.

    installation

  11. Once the installation is complete, click “Finish” and Cygwin is ready for use.

    finish