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Babun Windows Shell

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 5/26/2019.

Babun - a windows shell you will love.
Babun features the following: Pre-configured Cygwin with a lot of addons,
Silent command-line installer, no admin rights required,
pact - advanced package manager (like apt-get or yum),
xTerm-256 compatible console,
HTTP(s) proxying support,
Plugin-oriented architecture,
Pre-configured git and shell,
Integrated oh-my-zsh,
Auto update feature,
"Open Babun Here" context menu entry.

To install Babun Windows Shell, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install babun

To upgrade Babun Windows Shell, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade babun


  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'babun'
    UnInstall-ChocolateyZipPackage packageName ''
    $babunpath = Join-Path $env:USERPROFILE ".babun"
    if (Test-Path $babunpath)
        $uninstallBat = Join-Path $babunpath "uninstall.bat"
        $command = "& {cd $babunpath; echo Y | `"$uninstallBat`"}"
        powershell -Command $command
        Remove-Item -Recurse -Force $babunpath
  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $babunpath = Join-Path $env:USERPROFILE ".babun"
    $unzipPath = $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    function ConfigureBabunToUseInternalHomeDir {
        Write-Host "Configuring Babun to use internal home directory..."
        $etcPath = Join-Path $babunpath "cygwin/etc"
        $etcProfile = Join-Path $etcPath "profile"
        $etcProfileReplaced = Join-Path $etcPath "profile_rep"
        (Get-Content $etcProfile -Raw).Replace('USER="$(/usr/bin/id -un)"', "USER=`"`$(/usr/bin/id -un)`"`n  HOME=`$(eval echo `"~`$USER`")") |
            Set-Content $etcProfileReplaced
         Move-Item -Force $etcProfileReplaced $etcProfile
         $etcZProfile = Join-Path $etcPath "zprofile"
         $etcZProfileReplaced = Join-Path $etcPath "zprofile_rep"
         (Get-Content $etcZProfile -Raw).Replace('USER="$(/usr/bin/id -un)"', "USER=`"`$(/usr/bin/id -un)`"`n  HOME=`$(eval echo `"~`$USER`")") |
             Set-Content $etcZProfileReplaced
          Move-Item -Force $etcZProfileReplaced $etcZProfile
          $zshrc = Join-Path $env:USERPROFILE ".zshrc"
          New-Item $zshrc -type file
    function InstallBabun {
        $packageArgs = @{
            packageName = 'babun'
            url = '';
            checksumType = 'sha256'
            checksum = '89C0A51EA1D995BE5B04B24CD795BA3EBA713B293B43991F0C87E29300429B14'
            unzipLocation = $unzipPath
        Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs
        $babunUnzippedPath = Join-Path $unzipPath "babun-1.2.0"
        $setupBat = Join-Path $babunUnzippedPath "install.bat"
        $setupBatUnattended = Join-Path $babunUnzippedPath "install-unattended.bat"
        Get-Content $setupBat |
            foreach-object {$_ -replace '"%BABUN_HOME%"\\babun.bat', 'rem -- should not run babun --' } |
            foreach-object {$_ -replace 'pause', 'rem -- should not pause --' } |
            Set-Content $setupBatUnattended
        if ($env:HOME) {
            # temporary disable HOME variable during installation because it is not supported by babun
            $homeEnvVar = $env:HOME
            $env:HOME = ""
        Write-Host "Executing installation script..."
        start-process $setupBatUnattended -Wait -WindowStyle Minimized
        if ($homeEnvVar) {
            $env:HOME = $homeEnvVar
    function FixFilePermissions {
        $Acl = Get-Acl $env:APPDATA
        $babunFilesAndFolders = Get-ChildItem -Recurse $babunpath
        Set-Acl -Path $babunpath -AclObject $Acl
        foreach ($fileOrFolder in $babunFilesAndFolders) {
            try {
                Set-Acl -Path $fileOrFolder.FullName -AclObject $Acl
            } catch [System.Management.Automation.WildcardPatternException] {
                #ignore error on invalid filenames: [.exe and [.1.gz
                Write-Host "Skipped invalid file $fileOrFolder"
    function BabunIsInstalled {
        return Test-Path $babunpath
    if (BabunIsInstalled) {
        Write-Host "Babun is already installed! Skipping..."
    } else {
        Write-Host "Fixing file permissions..."

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • babun


Release Notes

  • waits for installation process to finish
  • fixes files permissions after installation
  • forces babun HOME to internal .babun dir when HOME environment variable is set

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Babun Windows Shell 438 Monday, December 11, 2017 approved
Babun Windows Shell 1.2.0 8593 Saturday, July 11, 2015 approved
Babun Windows Shell 1.0.1 299 Tuesday, March 3, 2015 approved

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