We’ve been recently experimenting with a way to install and distribute software for Windows, and while there are alternatives such as Microsoft’s winget, Chocolatey, among others, we chose Scoop as we felt more comfortable with it since we’re comfortable with Homebrew.

Our first manifest was jython, and after that we started working on Ignition.

In order to be able to install our ignition manifest, first you’ll have to add our bucket by running the following command:

scoop bucket add scoop-coatl-dev https://github.com/coatl-dev/scoop-coatl-dev

Then you must edit scoop’s configuration file, which is typically found at %USERPROFILE%\.config\scoop\config.json, and add or edit the private_hosts section:

  "lastUpdate": "2022-09-09T15:41:41.2176701-07:00",
  "SCOOP_REPO": "https://github.com/ScoopInstaller/Scoop",
  "SCOOP_BRANCH": "master",
  "private_hosts": [
      "match": "https://files.inductiveautomation.com/*",
      "headers": "Referer=https://inductiveautomation.com/"

And just like that you’ll be ready to install ignition. Just execute scoop install ignition, but please consider that you will be asked to grant “elevated” access when the service is installed.

This is what it would look like on your terminal:

$ scoop install ignition
Installing 'ignition' (8.1.20) [64bit] from scoop-coatl-dev bucket
Ignition-windows-x86-64-8.1.20.zip (1.4 GB) [===============================================================] 100%
Checking hash of Ignition-windows-x86-64-8.1.20.zip ... ok.
Extracting Ignition-windows-x86-64-8.1.20.zip ... done.
Linking ~\scoop\apps\ignition\current => ~\scoop\apps\ignition\8.1.20
Creating shim for 'start-ignition'.
Creating shim for 'stop-ignition'.
Persisting data
Persisting logs
Running post_install script...
Runtime needs to be unzipped. unzipping..
Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Runtime unzipped.
wrapperm | Ignition Gateway service installed.
wrapperm | Starting the Ignition Gateway service...
wrapperm | Ignition Gateway service started.
'ignition' (8.1.20) was installed successfully!

You will notice that the installation process creates two shims, start-ignition and stop-ignition, which are command-line shortcuts for start-ignition.bat and stop-ignition.bat, respectively. This means that starting and stopping Ignition can be done from the command-line without having to be at Ignition’s installation directory, just like using ignition start and ignition stop commands in macOS.

Another key point is that Scoop allows us to persist certain directories. In our case we are persisting both data and logs directories. This means these directories will not be affected whenever we upgrade Ignition to the latest version, as they are kept under Scoop’s persist directory.

So next time Inductive Automation releases a new version, we will update the ignition manifest and all you’ll have to do is run a single command:

scoop update ignition

We do recommend you create a Gateway backup as a precaution whenever you update or uninstall. To learn more, click here.

If at some point you’d like to uninstall, you could simply run scoop uninstall ignition, or if you’d like to remove persisted data (data and logs directories), run the following command:

$ scoop uninstall -p ignition
Uninstalling 'ignition' (8.1.20).
Running uninstaller script...
wrapperm | Service is running.  Stopping it...
wrapperm | Ignition Gateway service stopped.
wrapperm | Ignition Gateway service removed.
Removing shim 'start-ignition'.
Removing shim 'start-ignition.cmd'.
Removing shim 'stop-ignition'.
Removing shim 'stop-ignition.cmd'.
Unlinking ~\scoop\apps\ignition\current
Removing persisted data.
'ignition' was uninstalled.

Optionally, you can hold Ignition at a certain version until you’re ready to upgrade. Simply run scoop hold ignition, and it will not be updated until you unhold it by running scoop unhold ignition.

If you run into any issue, feel free to post something at coatl-dev Scoop bucket.

To learn more about Scoop, head onto https://scoop.sh/.

Thanks for reading.