I'm one of those people who never really switched to a Mac for work, and I'm still only dipping my toes in WSL, so most of the time I'm using the Git For Windows flavor of MSYS2/MinGW. It comes with the most common collection of programs you'd use in a terminal environment, such as
grep. However, one of the tools I find most useful in my daily work is
make and it's not included in the default installation so I have to install it manually. In this post I'll show you how to do that.
This guide is a condensed version of evanwill's brilliant gist which outlines how to install other utilities as well, such as
The version number might be higher since they are continuously publishing newer versions.
- Extract the contents to your
C:\Program Files\Git\mingw64folder without overwriting existing files.
You can verify that it was installed succesfully by running
$ make --version GNU Make 4.3 Built for Windows32 Copyright (C) 1988-2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html> This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
There really aren't that many steps involved, but every time I get a new computer I have to look it up.