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Mintty

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Mintty is the default terminal application in MSYS2 and is included in the installer. We also include some custom Mintty integration by providing separate launchers with corresponding .ini configuration files (msys2{.exe,.ini}/ucrt64{.exe,.ini}/...) for all the MSYS2 environments, so you can easily configure your environments and pin the launchers to your Windows taskbar.

See https://github.com/msys2/msys2-launcher and https://mintty.github.io for more details.

Windows Terminal

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The new Windows Terminal application, which by default supports cmd, powershell and WSL can also be extended to support a MSYS2 shell.

  • Get it via the Windows app store if you don't have it installed already.
  • In the tab dropdown menu select "Settings" which opens a code editor showing a JSON configuration file.
  • Insert the example profiles shown below under the profiles key. Note that the examples assume that you have MSYS2 installed under C:\msys64.
  • You can make one of the MSYS2 profiles the default by setting the defaultProfile key to the guid value of one of the profile entries.

For more info on the different profile settings see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/terminal/customize-settings/profile-settings

// This makes UCRT64 the default shell
"defaultProfile": "{17da3cac-b318-431e-8a3e-7fcdefe6d114}",
"profiles": {
  "list":
  [
    // ...
    {
      "guid": "{17da3cac-b318-431e-8a3e-7fcdefe6d114}",
      "name": "UCRT64 / MSYS2",
      "commandline": "C:/msys64/msys2_shell.cmd -defterm -here -no-start -ucrt64",
      "startingDirectory": "C:/msys64/home/%USERNAME%",
      "icon": "C:/msys64/ucrt64.ico",
      "font": 
      {
        "face": "Lucida Console",
        "size": 9
      }
    },
    {
      "guid": "{71160544-14d8-4194-af25-d05feeac7233}",
      "name": "MSYS / MSYS2",
      "commandline": "C:/msys64/msys2_shell.cmd -defterm -here -no-start -msys",
      "startingDirectory": "C:/msys64/home/%USERNAME%",
      "icon": "C:/msys64/msys2.ico",
      "font": 
      {
        "face": "Lucida Console",
        "size": 9
      }
    },
    // ...
  ]
}