Running the install command in PowerShell gives me:

$ install
install : The term 'install' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
At line:1 char:1
+ install
+ ~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (install:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

Basically I want to provide a make install target for Windows developers. On linux, make install uses the install command to move it from a local path onto the system path. Is there an equivalent command to install for Windows users?

  • 2
    There isn't really an equivalent. Windows packages are generally either self-installing executables or archives in a particular format which are installed with msiexec. Source packages will normally be installed directly from the MakeFile.
    – AFH
    Aug 22, 2018 at 22:07
  • make install for windows would be make install. see superuser.com/q/405158/132604 for example Aug 22, 2018 at 22:49
  • @SampoSarrala that's not what I'm asking for. Aug 25, 2018 at 18:36

1 Answer 1


No, there isn't equivalent for GNU's install. However you can probably replace it just by copying the binaries and updating %PATH% variable accordingly.

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