I have some build, test, etc scripts written in various interpreted languages but in Windows Powershell or cmd you cannot invoke a script directly from the command line.

# Rather than

# On Windows I have to specify
python .\build

Obviously in *nix you can mark something as executable with chmod +x ./build and use a shebang to select the interpreter - something unavailable in Windows.

This is frustrating to some extent because I would like to keep the calling of said scripts consistent. Previously I used make as it has a release for Windows, that way I could specify the interpreter within the makefile:

# Works in MacOS, Windows, Linux
make build
# makefile
.PHONY: build

  go run ./.scripts/build.go

But the installation of make is a little cumbersome on Windows and I believe it's unmaintained. It's difficult to pass arguments to the target command and the keyword also doesn't always make sense where you might specify a task, rather than a command to "make" something, like

make run-http-server
make run-hot-reload-web

Is there a modern task runner that is cross platform, maintained, easy to install and with a command keyword that make sense in the context of running commands?


run-task hot-reload --flag
rt hot-reload --flag
  • Maybe bash can help you. Commented May 21, 2022 at 12:09
  • You can simply use python script.py in all platforms, both Windows and Linux work correctly, as long as python is in the path.
    – Alejandro
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 14:07

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This is a very late answer and it is doubtful it is still useful for you, but while looking for an answer to this question myself, I encountered go-task

Alternatively, installing Make with Chocolatey could be an option and not at all cumbersome.

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    Please post more info such as your experience with it and what is good about it. Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 18:40
  • Here's a better link: taskfile.dev
    – Clintm
    Commented Mar 27, 2023 at 19:04

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