Cygwin Ports project

Welcome to the newest home of the Cygwin Ports project.
This project provides Cygwin binary and source packages for a large variety of programs and libraries, including the GNOME, KDE, LXDE, MATE, ROX, Xfce, and Sugar desktop environments.

New, simplified installation instructions:

  1. Use the latest Cygwin installers (at least version 2.850): setup-x86.exe for 32-bit, or setup-x86_64.exe for 64-bit. (Note that many packages have not yet been ported to x86_64.)
  2. Launch setup-*.exe with the -K flag, e.g.:
    cygstart -- /path/to/setup-x86.exe -K
  3. On Choose Installation Type page, select "Install from Internet".
  4. On Choose Download Site(s) page, select a distro mirror, then enter in the User URL field and press Add (making sure that both are highlighted).
  5. Proceed with package selection and installation, making sure to install any indicated dependencies.


Cygwin Ports uses mailing lists hosted on There are two lists, cygwin-ports-general for discussion, and cygwin-ports-announce for new package announcements. Please, do NOT send messages about Cygwin Ports to the lists!

Here are some resources:


Many thanks to the following corporate sponsors for their contributions to the project:

Chesterfield Sofa
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Thank you for your support as we work to port more software to the Cygwin platform.

Many thanks to for hosting Cygwin Ports.

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Webpage last updated: Monday, 22 July 2013.