upgrade command (winget)
The upgrade command of the winget tool upgrades the specified application. Optionally, you may use the list command to identify the application you want to upgrade.
The upgrade command requires that you specify the exact string to upgrade. If there is any ambiguity, you will be prompted to further filter the upgrade command to an exact application.
winget upgrade [[-q] \<query>] [\<options>]
The following arguments are available.
|-q,--query||The query used to search for an app.|
|-?, --help||Get additional help on this command.|
The query argument is positional. Wild-card style syntax is not supported. This is most often the string of characters you expect to help find the package you are upgrading.
The options allow you to customize the upgrade experience to meet your needs.
|-m, --manifest||Must be followed by the path to the manifest (YAML) file. You can use the manifest to run the upgrade experience from a local YAML file.|
|--id||Limits the upgrade to the ID of the application.|
|--name||Limits the search to the name of the application.|
|--moniker||Limits the search to the moniker listed for the application.|
|-v, --version||Enables you to specify an exact version to upgrade. If not specified, latest will upgrade the highest versioned application.|
|-s, --source||Restricts the search to the source name provided. Must be followed by the source name.|
|-e, --exact||Uses the exact string in the query, including checking for case-sensitivity. It will not use the default behavior of a substring.|
|-i, --interactive||Runs the installer in interactive mode. The default experience shows installer progress.|
|-h, --silent||Runs the installer in silent mode. This suppresses all UI. The default experience shows installer progress.|
|--purge||Deletes all files and directories in the package directory (portable)|
|-o, --log||Directs the logging to a log file. You must provide a path to a file that you have the write rights to.|
|--override||A string that will be passed directly to the installer.|
|-l, --location||Location to upgrade to (if supported).|
|--force||When a hash mismatch is discovered will ignore the error and attempt to install the package.|
|--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.|
|--header||Optional Windows-Package-Manager REST source HTTP header.|
|--all||Updates all available packages to the latest application.|
|--include-unknown||Upgrade packages even if their current version cannot be determined.|
|--verbose-logs||Used to override the logging setting and create a verbose log.|
The following example upgrades a specific version of an application.
winget upgrade powertoys --version 0.15.2
The following example upgrades an application from its ID.
winget upgrade --id Microsoft.PowerToys
The following example shows upgrading all apps
winget upgrade --all
To identify which apps are in need of an update, simply use upgrade without any arguments to show all available upgrades.
In the example below, you will see winget upgrade shows the user which apps have an available update. From the available updates, the user identifies that an update is available for JanDeDobbeleer.OhMyPosh and uses upgrade to update the application.
Using list and upgrade
To search for an available update for a specific app, use to the list command. Once you have identified that a update is available for your specific app, use upgrade to install the latest.
The example below shows the list command being used to identify that an update is available for Microsoft.WindowsTerminalPreview. The user then uses upgrade to update the application.
upgrade --all will identify all the applications with upgrades available. When you run winget upgrade --all the Windows Package Manager will look for all applications that have updates available and attempt to install the updates.
Some applications do not provide a version. They are always latest. Because the Windows Package Manager cannot identify if there is a newer version of the app, an upgrade will not be possible.
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