import command (winget)

The import command of the winget tool imports a JSON file of apps to install. The import command combined with the export command allows you to batch install applications on your PC.

The import command is often used to share your developer environment or build up your PC image with your favorite apps.


winget import [-i] <import-file> [<options>]

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The following arguments are available.

Argument Description
-i,--import-file JSON file describing the packages to install.


The options allow you to customize the import experience to meet your needs.

Option Description
--ignore-unavailable Suppresses errors if the app requested is unavailable.
--ignore-versions Ignores versions specified in the JSON file and installs the latest available version.
--no-upgrade Skips upgrade if an installed version already exists.
--accept-package-agreements Used to accept the license agreement, and avoid the prompt.
--accept-source-agreements Used to accept the source license agreement, and avoid the prompt.
-?,--help Shows help about the selected command.
--wait Prompts the user to press any key before exiting.
--logs,--open-logs Open the default logs location.
--verbose, --verbose-logs Used to override the logging setting and create a verbose log.
--disable-interactivity Disable interactive prompts.

JSON Schema

The driving force behind the import command is the JSON file. You can find the schema for the JSON file in the Windows Package Manager Client repo on GitHub.

The JSON file includes the following hierarchy.

Entry Description
Sources The sources application manifests come from.
Packages The collection of packages to install.
PackageIdentifier The Windows Package Manager package identifier used to specify the package.
Version [optional] The specific version of the package to install.

Importing files

When the Windows Package Manager imports the JSON file, it attempts to install the specified applications in a serial fashion. If the application is not available or the application is already installed, it will notify the user of that case.

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In the previous example, the Microsoft.WindowsTerminal was already installed. Therefore the import command skipped the installation.