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(unofficial) InstChoco (Portable)


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This package was approved by moderator flcdrg on 2/17/2018.

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InstChoco - The ultimate Chocolatey and Chocolatey packages (re)installer!

QUESTION: "Why do I need an installer for Chocolatey when I already have Chocolatey installed?"

ANSWER: You need it for the NEXT time you want to install Chocolatey and it will make the task much EASIER!

I wrote this as a batch file a couple of years ago so I wouldn't constantly have to reference for the VERY long command to install Chocolatey. I put in some basic error checking for administrator privileges, network connectivity, date checking, etc. I then placed the batch file on my local server, on my website, in Dropbox, on USB thumb drives, everywhere I could think of so I'd have easy access to it. I've used it for my computers, friend's computers, client's computers, and almost every Wintel computer I've touched in the last few years. It has served me well and saved me time. I've now stripped out all the annoying pauses, made it no-interaction-required, added a bunch of super duper dandy extra features, and compiled it to an executable program called InstChoco. I've deemed it so useful that I decided to share. My EUREKA! moment in re-creating this as an executable and expanding it's features was after writing my Choco Package List Backup to Local and Cloud script. I realized I could go a step further by integrating Choco Package List Backup to Local and Cloud along with InstChoco for a complete backup and recovery solution of my/your/his/her/their/everyone's Chocolatey packages. I hope InstChoco serves you well and saves you time!


  • InstChoco uses Rob's "Install with cmd.exe" method for installing Chocolatey.
  • InstChoco will enable up to four choco features if you pass them as parameters, i.e. allowGlobalConfirmation, failOnAutoUninstaller, allowEmptyChecksums, etc.
  • InstChoco will automatically search for a PACKAGES.CONFIG file in various locations and install packages from it if found.
  • InstChoco has baked in support for Choco Package List Backup to Local and Cloud. InstChoco will use the first found PACKAGES.CONFIG in the following order: current directory, Documents folder, HOMESHARE, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, ReadyCLOUD, Resilio Sync, or Tonido Sync. (New in v1.10)
  • InstChoco has baked in support for Choco Persistent Packages. InstChoco will use PERSISTANTPACKAGES.CONFIG and install packages from it if found - always. (New in v1.10)

You can find InstChoco.exe in \programdata\chocolatey\lib\instchoco\tools. I tell you this because I KNOW you want to copy it to your local server, website, Dropbox, USB thumb drives, and everywhere you can think of so you'll have easy access to it.

Usage: InstChoco -y

If you find InstChoco useful, and I suspect you will, please consider donating:


To install (unofficial) InstChoco (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install instchoco --version 1.10

To upgrade (unofficial) InstChoco (Portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade instchoco --version 1.10


  • tools\InstChoco.exe Show
    md5: F7DAC5119E964F3FB85141ECF7A52B93 | sha1: 2CE3563428E9D1438D1A4B99CB74388061181B14 | sha256: 4FD57C57A7F7BEC7891AD8CB8D645126336965F7151EB0B514E8A6F49DDF4076 | sha512: 48785320F9ACF8182813E58D3F5ADA5A7B22E395A62BF9ECC868D4E886E1EAC2DE6B9D948567D4F822F010EA6E8EB51C472B3AF2956496F26193049F328061F9
  • tools\LICENSE.txt Show
    ==================== InstChoco ====================
    InstChoco is free and Copylefted by Bill Curran.
    bcurran3 08/19/2017
    ==================== InstChoco ====================
  • tools\VERIFICATION.txt Show
    ==================== InstChoco ====================
    This InstChoco Chocolatey package was uploaded by the author, Bill Curran aka BCURRAN3.
    v1.00 sha256: 99366BD182946F7AAAF0070244F8F96CC160274E85892F5AD3D54F658444908B
    v1.10 sha256: 4FD57C57A7F7BEC7891AD8CB8D645126336965F7151EB0B514E8A6F49DDF4076
    ==================== InstChoco ====================

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Bill Curran


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Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
(unofficial) InstChoco (Portable) 2.10 917 Sunday, February 24, 2019 approved
(unofficial) InstChoco (Portable) 2.02 953 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 approved
(unofficial) InstChoco (Portable) 2.01 166 Sunday, May 20, 2018 approved
(unofficial) InstChoco (Portable) 2.00 191 Thursday, May 17, 2018 approved
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