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The Silver Searcher

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This package was approved by moderator flcdrg on 10/15/2017.

The Silver Searcher is like grep or ack, except faster. It's written in super-optimized C (like grep) and it's intelligent about entirely skipping files that you don't want to waste time searching (like ack).

To install The Silver Searcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install ag

To upgrade The Silver Searcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade ag


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $toolsDir = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = 'ag'
      url            = ''
      checksum       = '28456A424A30B12BE3BE2B9D427BC67031BC436F87F1100607CFA9A44C1AF95D'
      url64          = ''
      checksum64     = '2F0B83E705D6224DF82BE92014726875BEC925C6B56EF84170D1F19EDDFAA439'
      checksumType   = 'sha256'
      checksumType64 = 'sha256'
      unzipLocation  = $toolsDir
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs

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This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Geoff Greer
  • K. Takata


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
The Silver Searcher 7414 Tuesday, July 28, 2015 approved
The Silver Searcher 293 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 approved
The Silver Searcher 0.18.1 3135 Wednesday, January 15, 2014  

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