GNU utilities for Win32

Andre Crone 3

Windows is not shipped with a lot of tools for the developer. Simple tools like grep, sed, make are not provided. Today I installed UnxUtils. A set of GNU utilities for Win32. You could use Cygwin to do have the same utilities, but the nice thing about UnxUtils is that they are native win32 executables. 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.

I was looking for make, wget and grep; which are included. The others included tools are:

  • bc-1.05
  • bison-1.28
  • bzip2-1.0.2
  • diffutils-2.7
  • fileutils-3.16
  • findutils-4.1
  • flex-2.5.4
  • gawk-3.1.0
  • grep-2.4.2
  • gsar110
  • gzip-1.2.4
  • indent-2.2.9
  • jwhois-2.4.1
  • less-340
  • m4-1.4
  • make-3.78.1
  • patch-2.5
  • recode-3.6
  • rman-3.0.7
  • sed-3.02
  • shellutils-1.9.4
  • tar-1.12
  • textutils-2.1
  • unrar-3.00
  • wget-1.8.2
  • which-2.4

Finally a wget for windows!

3 thoughts on “GNU utilities for Win32

  1. Hi! I’ve selected Ubuntu for my desktops (home network), but I’m still shopping for a Server OS (Ubuntu is still missing somewhat in that area).
    I would like to use Debian stable (when sarge hits the net), and I saw talks that they will introduce a fixed release cycle like Ubuntu (but 12-18 months).
    Can anyone confirm if there is already a decision on that? I dread installing something that is nog going to be updated another 3 years 🙂
    Thanx for any help)

  2. The toolset looks really great…but how do I use wget and download uix pages which are to
    be authenticated in a SSO server. Any pointers on this would be highly appreciated.


  3. I like this toolset very much. It’s small, easy to use, and it works like clockwork. Where CYGWin has some overhead in installing – UNXUtils is easy and can be used out-of-the-box. It’s my favourite and – eg. – a grep on a listener.log file off 10 or 100 of Mb’s is a wizz.

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