The package manager for Windows

Chocolatey - Software Management. Automated.

The sane way to manage software on Windows

  • Are you ready for a better experience managing software?
  • Easily manage all aspects of Windows software (installation, configuration, upgrade, and uninstallation). Chocolatey works best when software is included in the package, but can easily download resources.
  • Chocolatey works with binaries and existing installer technologies like MSI, NSIS, InnoSetup, etc.
  • Take advantage of PowerShell to provide automated software management instructions and Chocolatey’s built-in module to turn mundane tasks into one line function calls!
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Choose from thousands of community packages

  • Chocolatey Pro offers individuals greater protection, more reliability, and more features when using the community feed!
  • Chocolatey.org has the largest online registry of Windows packages.
  • Package submissions go through a rigorous moderation review process, including automatic virus scanning.
  • The community repository has a strict policy on malicious and pirated software.
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Packages are independent deployment artifacts

  • Chocolatey packages are not just fancy zip files with PowerShell, they understand versioning and dependencies, allowing you to encapsulate everything related to managing installation and configuration for a piece of software.
  • As an independent deployment artifact, Chocolatey packages are not tied to another technology, allowing developers to install packages with Chocolatey and System Administrators to deploy Chocolatey packages using Chocolatey’s integration with their favorite configuration manager like SCCM, Puppet, or Chef.
  • Chocolatey packages allow you to separate software installation concerns from automation tools / configuration managers and use the best tool for software management, which is the Chocolatey framework.

Official Chocolatey tools

  • The CLI client, choco.exe, was designed with security in mind. Know you are using Chocolatey from a trusted source when you are using the official Chocolatey clients.
  • Use choco.exe to install, upgrade, uninstall, publish and search for packages (and much more).
  • Use Chocolatey GUI when you need a visual representation of packages.
  • There is an official provider for Windows 10/Windows Server 2016's built-in package manager (PowerShell PackageManagement) coming in summer 2016.