Install The Licensed Edition

Congratulations on your recent purchase of a licensed edition of Chocolatey! If you are trialing, please pay particular attention to that section:

Some Administrative Actions

How Do I Know When the License is Installed?

Installing a licensed edition requires two parts

When you have performed all parts correctly, running choco will produce a message like one of the following:

If you do not see the edition next to the name and version, you need to check over your installation procedure again to ensure you've completed it properly. See below.

See It In Action

Here's the whole process for installing your license and installing the licensed code.


How Do I Install The Licensed Edition?

  1. Install a recent version of Chocolatey (0.9.10+) - choco upgrade chocolatey.
  2. You received a license file in email.
  3. Take that license file and copy it to your Chocolatey install folder license subdirectory (you may need to create it first). For most folks that path would be "C:\ProgramData\chocolatey\license". Alternatively, you can put the license in your user profile directory, e.g. "C:\Users\YourUserName\chocolatey.license.xml"


  1. Run this command: choco upgrade chocolatey.extension (or you can call install instead of upgrade). You will see an error you can safely ignore.


  1. That's it! You are good to go.

How Do I Install a Local nupkg File?

See the next section

How Do I Install The Trial Edition?

If you've received a trial license, you will also receive a link to download a recent version of the chocolatey.extension package. You will not be able to install or upgrade the licensed edition through regular means. Chocolatey may add the licensed source, but your license will not be recognized on the server.

Notes on the Trial Version

In the trial, package authoring features have nag warnings that require someone to manually hit the Enter key a random number of times. Do not attempt to automate Package Internalizer / Package Builder or choco sync when using a trial of C4B. Execute those things directly and see how well they work for you.

There are no trial type messages for runtime features unless they need to use Package Builder (like choco sync does), which should allow you to test those features with other integration tools.


To upgrade the licensed edition just run the following code:

Your license automatically adds the licensed source.

How Do I Upgrade The Trial Edition?

You will not be able to upgrade through regular means - please reach back out to the Chocolatey Software folks to get an updated edition (and possibly an extended trial license).

Installing / Upgrading In Secure Environments / Without Internet Access

Once you have the license down and the licensed edition extension intstalled the first time, you will have access to choco download. This will allow you to download the licensed edition and put it on your internally hosted repository.

From a machine that will have access to do this you simply run:

You can even script this or add it to a CI job that would automatically make the newer edition available.

NOTE: The licensed source that is automatically added can be disabled, but it cannot be removed. So just run choco source disable -n chocolatey.licensed to disable it or set that up in your configuration management solution scripts. Some of them, like Puppet, have a resource dedicated strictly to this:

chocolateysource {'chocolatey.licensed':
  ensure   => disabled,
  require  => File['C:/ProgramData/chocolatey/license/chocolatey.license.xml'],

Set Up Licensed Edition With Puppet

Most organizations using Chocolatey and Puppet are going to do so with zero internet access. Here is what a completely offline ensurance of Chocolatey looks like (complete with a Chocolatey.Server instance):

# ensure Chocolatey is installed - host the package internally
class {'chocolatey':
  chocolatey_download_url         => 'https://internalurl/to/chocolatey.nupkg',

# ensure installation of the Chocolatey Simple Server package repository
class {'chocolatey_server':
  server_package_source => 'https://internalurl/odata/server',

file { ['C:/ProgramData/chocolatey','C:/ProgramData/chocolatey/license']:
  ensure => directory,

file {'C:/ProgramData/chocolatey/license/chocolatey.license.xml':
  ensure             => file,
  source             => 'puppet:///modules/choco_internal/chocolatey.license.xml',
  source_permissions => ignore,

# configure sources
chocolateysource {'chocolatey':
  ensure   => absent,

chocolateysource {'chocolatey.licensed':
  ensure   => disabled,
  require  => File['C:/ProgramData/chocolatey/license/chocolatey.license.xml'],

chocolateysource {'internal_chocolatey':
  ensure   => enabled,
  location => 'http://internal/server',
  priority => 1,

# set features appropriately
chocolateyfeature {'useFipsCompliantChecksums':
  ensure => enabled,

chocolateyfeature {'internalizeAppendUseOriginalLocation':
  ensure => enabled,
  require => Package['chocolatey.extension'],

# configuration
chocolateyconfig {'cacheLocation':
  value  => 'c:\ProgramData\choco-cache',

# ensure licensed edition is installed
package { 'chocolatey.extension':
  ensure   => latest,
  source   => 'internal_chocolatey',
  require  => File['C:/ProgramData/chocolatey/license/chocolatey.license.xml'],

Install the Chocolatey Agent Service

For C4B (Chocolatey for Business) customers, there is an optional agent service you can install. The agent service allows for things like background mode, setting up maintenance windows (future), and hooking up to Chocolatey Central Management (future).

To be able to install it, you must first have the licensed edition properly installed. Once you have verified your install, you can run the following:

For more on the agent service, please see Agent Service.

Common Errors and Resolutions

When you are attempting to install the licensed edition, you may run into some errors depending on your configuration. Here are some common ones we've seen.

Exception of type 'Rhino.Licensing.LicenseNotFoundException' was thrown.

If you run into this error, it means you are on an older version of Chocolatey and you need to upgrade.

  1. Remove the license file.
  2. Upgrade the chocolatey package - choco upgrade chocolatey <options>
  3. Set the license file back and proceed with the install or upgrade process as above.

ERROR: The term 'Install-ChocolateyWindowsService' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program.

You can get this if you are attempting to install the chocolatey-agent package, but you don't have a verified installation of a licensed edition of Chocolatey. You must resolve that prior to attempting to install the chocolatey-agent package. See How Do I Know When the License is Installed?.

Unable to load licensed version extensions and commands.

You may see a message like this: Unable to load licensed version extensions and commands. Please make sure the version of Chocolatey you are on is up to date and meets the minimum requirements of the licensed version. If that version is in beta, that means the latest avaialble version. followed by the actual error that may look something like this: Could not load type '' from assembly 'choco, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=79d02ea9cad655eb'. 0.10.7.

If you see this, it is typically due to an incompatibility between Chocolatey and the licensed extension (Chocolatey.Extension). As these two are tightly integrated to each other, sometimes there are incompatibilities introduced. Chocolatey Software will inform customers of these issues and ways to get around that, typically ahead of releases on the customer advisory list (the link for this is sent with the email that contained the license).

First steps:

If that is successful, you are good to go.

If not, the following steps should remedy the situation: