Cygwin Installation Instructions

To install Cygwin, visit On the front page, there should be a link to download the installer x86_64.exe. Download and run.

Clicking "Next" on most of the installation screens is the proper thing to do. A few exceptions are listed below.

Choose a Download Site

If you are installing on campus, the instructor maintains a Cygwin mirror which will probably be faster for you than any of the sites listed. You will have to manually add the site

If you are off campus, pick a site that is in the US for best results.

Package List

The package chooser is the most important part of the installation. If you've never installed an open-source distribution before, beware. There's a lot of software. Don't install everything. The defaults, with the additions below are good for the course. You can go back and install other things later.
Last modified: Tue Sep 19 09:45:41 CDT 2017