winget is a client interface for the Windows Package Manager service. The manager allows users to install, upgrade, remove, and configure applications.
winget upgrade command upgrades the user-specified applications to the latest version available in the repository.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to update Windows packages using
- A system running Windows 10, version 1809 (17763), or later
- Preview version of Windows App Installer, available on GitHub
- Administrator privileges
winget upgrade Syntax
The syntax for
winget upgrade is:
winget upgrade [argument] [package_name] [option]
The arguments and options are explained in the following sections.
winget upgrade Arguments
winget upgrade command arguments are:
|Specify a query to search for an app.
|See the help notes for the
For example, insert the
-q argument followed by a query word to find and update the specified package to the latest version:
In this example, the
upgrade command upgrades the Notepad++ app to the latest available version.
Note: If you are a Linux user, check out our article on how to use the apt-get command.
winget upgrade Options
The options provide further customization in winget app management.
The list of options is:
|Runs the upgrade from a local YAML file. Provides the path to the file after the option.
|Limits the upgrade to the application ID.
|Limits the search to the application name.
|Limits the search to a particular instance listed for the application.
|Allows you to specify an exact version to upgrade to. Not specifying the version means that the app upgrades to the highest version available.
|Enter a source name after the
-s option to restrict the search to the provided source name.
|Uses the exact case-sensitive string in the query. Does not use the default behavior of a substring.
|Enables the interactive mode and shows the installer progress.
|The installer runs in silent mode without any UI.
|Creates a log file and asks for a path where to save the file.
|A string that passes directly to the installer.
|Location to upgrade to (if supported).
|Ignores any hash mismatches and forces the package installation.
|Updates all applications to the latest available version.
winget upgrade --id VideoLAN.VLC
The command upgrades the VLC app to the latest version in the repository, using the exact app ID. To see all app IDs, run the
list command as explained below.
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List and Upgrade Apps
This section explains how to see which app you can upgrade and how to use the
upgrade --all apps option.
List Available Updates
To identify which apps have updates available in the repository, run:
The output list all installed apps and
winget shows if an update is available.
Alternatively, you can check if a single app has updates with the following syntax:
winget list [keyword]
The output shows that Notepad++ has an available update in the repository.
Upgrade All Apps
--all option allows you to upgrade all apps:
winget upgrade --all
However, Microsoft states that
winget is still in development, so some features are still a bit buggy. For example, if a developer leaves out the version number in the app,
winget states that the app version is unknown and does not update it.
Also, if a developer truncates the program version number but states the full version number in the repository,
winget assumes that it is an update and reinstalls the same version.
Note: If you are a Python developer, take a look at our article on installing PIP for Python to easily manage Python packages on Windows.
Now you know how to use
winget to easily manage your apps and keep them up to date with a single command.
Feel free to test the tool, even though it is still in the preview phase. Developers keep adding apps to the repository, expanding the app pool, and facilitating app management in Windows.