Console2: A better command prompt for Windows
I found out about Console2 from Scott Hanselman’s blog and haven’t looked back. On Windows, it’s a great replacement for vanilla
cmd.exe. It supports tabs and can host multiple shells, including cmd, Powershell, Msysgit and Cygwin. Even if you prefer the Windows command line over these Unix-inspired shells, you should still use Console2 to launch cmd sessions.
Scott’s blog tells you how to set up Powershell on Console2, but I use it primarily with the version of Bash that comes with standard Git for Windows installer.
Here’s how I set up a new install of Console2:
Download and install Git for Windows. Preferably to
Download and unzip Console2 somewhere. Preferably to
Go to Edit → Settings → Tabs
Rename the default
Windows. This points to
Add a new tab
c:\bin\git\bin\sh.exe --login -i
- Startup dir:
If you prefer to use this as your default shell, like I do, move
Gitto the top of the list.
Press OK and you’re done!
I also like to edit a few other settings. These are all personal preferences:
Open Edit → Settings
Under Behavior, check the
Copy on Selectoption
New Tab 1to
New Tab 2to
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