|Open Source||Pro (Personal)||Business (C4B)|
|For everyone||Personal, Named License for Individuals (not for organizational use)||For Organizations - Chocolatey for Business (C4B)|
|Free - No limit on machines||$96 / year - Up to 8 of your own personal machines
Student pricing available
|Other Editions||MSP - $3/machine/year (min 200 licenses)
|Architect (for DevOps consultants)
|Open Source||Pro / MSP||Architect||Business (C4B)|
|Create Packages / Customize Packaging Templates|
|Host Your Own Package Repository - Chocolatey supports multiple package sources including your own internal (private and/or authenticated) feeds!|
|Integration with other tools - Chocolatey works with all infrastructure management and RMM tools!|
|Package Shims - Adds exes to known PATH, use immediately after installing!|
|Upgrade all software with one command - it's like Windows Update, but for all your internal and 3rd party software!|
|30+ built-in PowerShell functions - turns complex software management tasks into one line function calls!|
|Package Extensions - Extend Chocolatey with your own PowerShell Modules (extensions)!|
|Enhanced functionality, additional PowerShell functions - giving you more control, reliability, smoother usage, and covering more scenarios that make sense for organizations!|
|Package Internalizer - Convert existing packages for complete offline / reliable use (removes need for internet access from existing packages)!||/|
|Package Builder - Detect and create full software deployments in 5-10 seconds!|
|Direct Installer (aka Package-less Install) - Install and upgrade directly from exe/msi files!|
|Generate Packages from Programs and Features - create packages for all current installs in under 60 seconds?!|
|Background Mode / Self-Service Installer - Chocolatey as a background service so admins and non-admins alike can manage software!|
|Central Console Management UI - Reporting and management of software for your entire organization from one location!||(est Q3/Q4 2017)|
|Package Builder UI - A visual interface to create packages!|
|Package Synchronizer - Automatic Sync - keep installed packages synced up with software they are tracking when upgrades and uninstalls are performed outside of Chocolatey!|
|Package Synchronizer - Sync Command - create packages out of Programs and Features and bring existing software installations under Chocolatey management!||(est Q4 2017, search in sources for existing packages only)|
|Package Audit - see who installed what/when!|
|Package Reducer - reduce the size of your package directories automatically!|
|Package Throttle - reduce download speeds for low bandwidth environments!|
|Install Directory Override - one switch for all installers!|
|Download CDN Cache - no more 404s!|
|Runtime Malware/Virus Protection - stay protected!||/ MSP has Generic option only|
|Package Downloader - download existing packages with an easy command!|
|Priorization of Bugs and Features|
|Packaging Support Services - You upload your troublesome installers, we provide you fully automated packages||/ Cost per use||Cost per use at any time||Cost per use at any time|
|Support for Community Packages||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Email Support||8 incidents annually|
|Phone Support||Available add-on w/Premium Support|
Open source Chocolatey is strictly about package management. C4B takes that to the next level with complete software management. We are moving C4B to a complete batteries included approach with our upcoming central management web interface (Chocolatey Central Console).
Absolutely not, you can do this with open source. See the comparison table.
No you do not, you can do that completely free (depending on what you use for a source repository). See the comparison table.
Please see our roadmap (however, we do keep some upcoming features secret).
NOTE: Upcoming features could be changed, reprioritized and/or removed without notice.
Yes, Chocolatey has a local client install on every machine where you will manage software with Chocolatey.
We try to keep licensing very simple. Every machine that has or will have Chocolatey installed is part of the license count, whether that is for building packages, taking advantage of runtime features, or receiving packages built with Package Builder / Package Internalizer. Those machines can be physical, virtual, in the cloud, or in test environments. It does not matter if you deploy the license to these machines, they are still part of the count for licensing costs. An organization that needs to temporarily go over a license count while you bring up a server before destroying another does not incur a penalty as long as they are back in limits within 24 hours and the average count of licenses is below the threshold.
Note: Chocolatey Architect edition is the only exception, where the package you build are deployed to machines in external organizations that your organization has no control over (Chocolatey Architect Edition will be listed with pricing soon).
All licensed versions build on top of the already great features that are available in the FOSS version. When you need more features and better integration with Windows systems, Pro, MSP, C4B, and Architect editions have you covered.
Once we have received your order successfully, you will receive your licenses within 1-3 business days.
It is a violation of the Pro licensing to use it in an organizational context. We try to keep our offerings simple - Chocolatey for Business is what we offer for organizational use.
Yes, we have that option for the Business edition! Please contact us for details. To give you a rough estimate, multiply the annual price by 2.5, then factor in a 20% annual maintenance fee.
We are excited to offer the following Business editions at a cost to you of around $16 per license annually, depending on volume. Retail costs:
We do - contact us for details.
Depending on volume, we have varying levels of special discounts available. Contact us for details.
We can to a degree. If you can come within 60-90% of the pricing above, contact us.
We do have that option for the Business edition. Please contact us for details. To give you a rough estimate, multiply the annual price by 2.5, then factor in a 20% annual maintenance fee.
We do have special discounts based on agreements with other organizations. Contact us for details.
For smaller organizations, the value of Package Builder alone is over $5,000 per year (based on an ops engineer manually deploying 15 applications per month to 20 machines), however you get to take advantage of it (and all of the other features) for only $600! We have a minimum purchase required which allows you to take advantage of awesome features and you get access to support!
See the license counts answer above. The answer is everywhere you have Chocolatey installed counts in licensing. Every machine where you will deploy those packages to, plus where you are running Package Builder / Package Internalizer.
Package Builder / Package Internalizer are part of Chocolatey for Business. In short, you can purchase C4B to get Package Builder. We try to keep things very simple and use common sense as far as costs go. You purchase our C4B offering for the number of appropriate licenses (see licensing FAQs above) and that will get you Package Builder.
It's an honor system. Most organizations have departments that handle license inventories. Instead of building some sort of DRM, we decided to focus on features to make Chocolatey better for you!
Sure - our policy is that on average over the span of a week, you will be within the licensing counts.
No, just one license is required.
Absolutely, contact us for an official quotation (organizational purchases only).
We offer trials for the Business edition. Please contact us to get that started.
We can hook you up.
Yes, we do for organizational purchases
For organizations, we support many payment methods. Please contact sales or reach out over phone/email.
We default to NET 30 from the date the invoice is sent, but we can work with your organization if you require longer payment terms.
Yes, we are a Delaware C-Corporation.
Of course you do. When we get to the purchasing aspect, we can provide that.
Yes - please contact us for details.
Yes you can.
Most likely, contact us with questions.
Absolutely. Have the reseller contact us so we can get everything set up.
For Pro, we provide a full refund the first 30 days. If you are an organization that purchases a starter pack without a trial, you are also granted a 30 day period. Please note we provide business trials so you can know it is right for your organization prior to an annual commitment.
Typically you would purchase again using the same method as you used previously. The expire date for the new license will take the old expiration date into account.
See our support page for details.
Please see our support page for details.
We do for premium customers. Please see the support page for details.
We do not have support for packages found on Chocolatey.org - those are considered community packages and should not be used for commercial purposes. Package issues should follow the package triage proces. Read more...
If you need support with packaging a piece of software and you are a business customer, please contact us.
Chocolatey Professional or Chocolatey Pro is for individuals (like you) that want the ultimate Chocolatey experience!
Pro is a personal, named license that grants having licensed versions of Chocolatey on up to 8 machines for $8/month (about the price of a single lunch outing).
You can use Chocolatey Pro at work provided you do not go over the 8 machine limit and are not using it for organizational use.
When you purchase a Pro license, you are supporting the community - your money goes towards infrastructure costs/improvements surrounding the community repository!
It's simple - not all of the features in the business edition make sense for personal use. Also some features ensure Chocolatey for Business is attractive for organizations.
Organizations cannot purchase Pro, only organizational options like MSP, C4B, or Architect. Pro is for individual use only, so it would be a violation of licensing to use Pro in an organizational context.
No, just one license is required.
You are likely going to be most interested in Chocolatey Architect Edition, which has all of the fantastic packaging and build time features, but does not carry a runtime count as part of the licensing costs (nor runtime features). That allows packages to be deployed to environments that your organization doesn't control, whether to environments that have Chocolatey open source or licensed.
Architect edition is for creating packages for external organizations or customers. Business edition is when those packages are being deployed to environments in your organization.
If your organization owns or controls the environments, you should purchase Chocolatey for Business. It is a violation of licensing to deploy packages built by Architect edition into your environments, except for testing before providing those packages to your external customers.
Chocolatey Architect carries the same standard support as the Business editions.
Please contact sales for details.
Yes, there is!
The pricing for Chocolatey MSP Edition is competitively priced at $0.25 per license per month with features that service providers are looking to provide for their constituents. You must purchase a minimum of 200 licenses at an annual rate.
We understand the MSP model in this aspect, however at this time we can only offer annual pricing. In an effort to keep pricing lower for you, we recommend you determine what number you think you will be at for the year, and then purchase more as you need them. Keep in mind that once purchased, you will have that number of licenses for the year (you can only go back down when you renew).
You are limited to 8 support incidents annually. If an incident is found to be a bug with Chocolatey, it will not count towards your incident count.
Absolutely, contact sales for more details.
Please contact sales or use the following:
While you can purchase Pro licenses for each of your developers, we recommend you take a look at the Starter pack edition of the Business license. It is going to give you the best option at only $600 per year for up to 35 machines.
Unfortunately, they will not be. While some features we create do have a planned trickle down to FOSS, certain features are unlikely to ever be freely available. Chocolatey's ecosystem has significant costs to run and to ensure longevity of Chocolatey not all features can be offered for free.
Unfortunately we look at some features and determine where they go based on feasibility for a person versus an organization. If a feature makes sense in an organizational context only, that's where it ends up. Package Builder is great for rapidly building packages, which is something organizations highly need.
Yes, it is. Chocolatey carries a FOSS Apache 2.0 license, which is business friendly. You can use Chocolatey and most of its infrastructure without cost. However the Business edition offers better features and support that far outweigh any initial expenses! Given the Business features supporting package creation and maintenance alone, the time-savings is far greater than the cost!