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Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer is lightweight, runs on every major operating system, and is highly performant, creating machine images for multiple platforms in parallel. Packer does not replace configuration management like Chef or Puppet. In fact, when building images, Packer is able to use tools like Chef or Puppet to install software onto the image.

To install Packer, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install packer

To upgrade Packer, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade packer


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $url = ''
    $checksum = '99a16064e60776922ae9cb1bef9e9ec8311511f735b1332a811817d3f93171f2'
    $checksumType = 'sha256'
    $url64 = ''
    $checksum64 = 'b0fa064bc29820f330669b3bc790e61eb1c8a873ae8d5134e580b3b16ef50e60'
    $checksumType64 = $checksumType
    $legacyLocation = "$env:SystemDrive\HashiCorp\packer"
    $unzipLocation = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    if ([System.IO.Directory]::Exists("$env:ChocolateyInstall\lib\packer")) {
      if ([System.IO.Directory]::Exists("$env:ChocolateyInstall\lib\packer\tools")) {
        # clean old plugins and ignore files
        Write-Host "Removing old packer plugins"
        Remove-Item "$env:ChocolateyInstall\lib\packer\tools\packer-*.*"
    } else {
      if ([System.IO.Directory]::Exists("$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\chocolatey\lib\packer")) {
        if ([System.IO.Directory]::Exists("$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\chocolatey\lib\packer\tools")) {
          # clean old plugins and ignore files
          Write-Host "Removing old packer plugins"
          Remove-Item "$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\chocolatey\lib\packer\tools" -Include "packer-*.*"
    $unzipLocation = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage "packer" "$url" "$unzipLocation" "$url64" `
     -checksum $checksum -checksumType $checksumType -checksum64 $checksum64 -checksumType64 $checksumType64
    If (Test-Path $legacyLocation) {
      Write-Host "Removing old packer installation from $legacyLocation"
      Remove-Item $legacyLocation -Force -Recurse

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This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Mitchell Hashimoto
  • Jack Pearkes
  • Mark Peek
  • Ross Smith II
  • Rickard von Essen


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Packer 1.3.1 2543 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 approved
Packer 1.3.0 698 Wednesday, September 12, 2018 approved
Packer 1.2.5 2889 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 approved
Packer 1.2.4 2833 Wednesday, May 30, 2018 approved
Packer 1.2.3 1865 Thursday, April 26, 2018 approved
Packer 1.2.2 794 Tuesday, April 17, 2018 approved
Packer 1.2.1 2215 Thursday, March 8, 2018 approved
Packer 1.2.0 1374 Saturday, February 10, 2018 approved
Packer 1.1.3 2482 Saturday, December 9, 2017 approved
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