search command (winget)

The search command of the winget tool can be used to show all applications available for installation. It can also be used to identify the string or ID needed to install a specific application.

For example, the command winget search vscode will return all applications available that include "vscode" in the description or tag.

The search command includes parameters for filtering down the applications returned to help you identify the specific application you are looking for, including: --id, --name, --moniker, --tag, --command, or --source. See descriptions below or use winget search --help in your command line.


winget search [[-q] \<query>] [\<options>]

Screenshot of the Windows Power Shell window displaying the results of the winget search.


The following arguments are available.

Argument Description
-q,--query The query flag is the default argument used to search for an app. It does not need to be specified. Entering the command winget search foo will default to using --query so including it is unnecessary.
-?, --help Gets 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 searching for.

Show all

If the search command includes no filters or options, it will display all available applications in the default source. You can also search for all applications in another source if you pass in just the source option.

Search strings

Search strings can be filtered with the following options.

Option Description
--id Limits the search to the ID of the application. The ID includes the publisher and the application name.
--name Limits the search to the name of the application.
--moniker Limits the search to the moniker specified.
--tag Limits the search to the tags listed for the application.
--command Limits the search to the commands listed for the application.
--verbose-logs Used to override the logging setting and create a verbose log.
-e, --exact Uses the exact string in the query, including checking for case-sensitivity. It will not use the default behavior of a substring.
-n, --count Show no more than specified number of results (between 1 and 1000).
-s, --source Find package using the specified source name.
--header Optional Windows-Package-Manager REST source HTTP header.
--accept-source-agreements Accept all source license agreements and avoid the prompt.

The string will be treated as a substring. The search by default is also case insensitive. For example, winget search micro could return the following:

  • Microsoft
  • Microscope
  • MyMicro

Searching across multiple sources

If you want to narrow results down to a specific source, just pass the --source or -s parameter and specify what you want. For example, you might want to see if Visual Studio Code is in the store by running winget search “Visual Studio Code” -s msstore. This search uses "Visual Studio Code" as the query.