Chocolatey - like yum or apt-get, but for Windows

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Etiquette Regarding Communication

When requesting support, try to remember that we are all volunteers that have lives outside of open source and none of us are paid to ensure things work for you, so please be considerate of others’ time when you are asking for things. Many of us have families that also need time as well and only have so much time to give on a daily basis. In the future, we hope that some of us are paid to do this full time and can provide better support when folks are running into issues, but until then a little consideration and patience can go a long way. After all, you are using a pretty good tool without cost. It may not be perfect (yet), and we know that.


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Please see the docs Give choco.exe /? a shot (or choco.exe -h). For specific commands, add the command and then the help switch e.g. choco.exe install -h.


  • .NET Framework 4.0

  • PowerShell 2.0+

  • Windows Server 2003+ / Windows 7+

    License / Credits

    Apache 2.0 - see LICENSE and NOTICE files.

    Submitting Issues

    submitting issues

    • If you are having issue with a package, please see Request Package Fixes or Updates / Become a maintainer of an existing package.

    • If you are looking for packages to be added to the community feed (aka, please see Package Requests.

    • If it is an issue with the website (the community feed aka, please submit the issue to the repo.

    • If you have found an issue with the GUI (Chocolatey GUI), please see the ChocolateyGUI repository.

    • If you have found an issue with the client (choco.exe), you are in the right place. Keep reading below. Observe the following help for submitting an issue: Prerequisites:

    • The issue has to do with choco itself and is not a package or website issue.

    • Please check to see if your issue already exists with a quick search of the issues. Start with one relevant term and then add if you get too many results.

    • You are not submitting an “Enhancement”. Enhancements should observe CONTRIBUTING guidelines.

    • You are not submitting a question - questions are better served as emails or gitter chat questions.

    • Please make sure you’ve read over and agree with the etiquette regarding communication. Submitting a ticket:

    • We’ll need debug and verbose output, so please run and capture the log with -dv or --debug --verbose. You can submit that with the issue or create a gist and link it.

    • Please note that the debug/verbose output for some commands may have sensitive data (passwords or apiKeys) related to Chocolatey, so please remove those if they are there prior to submitting the issue.

    • choco.exe logs to a file in $env:ChocolateyInstall\log\. You can grab the specific log output from there so you don’t have to capture or redirect screen output. Please limit the amount included to just the command run (the log is appended to with every command).

    • Please save the log output in a gist (save the file as and link to the gist from the issue. Feel free to create it as secret so it doesn’t fill up against your public gists. Anyone with a direct link can still get to secret gists. If you accidentally include secret information in your gist, please delete it and create a new one (gist history can be seen by anyone) and update the link in the ticket (issue history is not retained except by email - deleting the gist ensures that no one can get to it). Using gists this way also keeps accidental secrets from being shared in the ticket in the first place as well.

    • We’ll need the entire log output from the run, so please don’t limit it down to areas you feel are relevant. You may miss some important details we’ll need to know. This will help expedite issue triage.

    • It’s helpful to include the version of choco, the version of the OS, and the version of PowerShell (Posh) - the debug script should capture all of those pieces of information.

    • Include screenshots and/or animated gifs whenever possible, they help show us exactly what the problem is.


      If you would like to contribute code or help squash a bug or two, that’s awesome. Please familiarize yourself with CONTRIBUTING.


      Committers, you should be very familiar with COMMITTERS.

      Compiling / Building Source

      There is a build.bat/ file that creates a necessary generated file named SolutionVersion.cs. It must be run at least once before Visual Studio will build.



    • .NET Framework 4+

    • Visual Studio is helpful for working on source.

    • ReSharper is immensely helpful (and there is a .sln.DotSettings file to help with code conventions). Build Process:

    • Run build.bat. Running the build on Windows should produce an artifact that is tested and ready to be used.

      Other Platforms


    • Install and configure Mono 3.12.0 (3.8.0 should also work).

    • Debian based “`sh

      add the key

      sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 3FA7E0328081BFF6A14DA29AA6A19B38D3D831EF

      add the package repository

      echo “deb wheezy main” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-xamarin.list

      Ubuntu 12.1012.04 - add this deb as well

      echo “deb wheezy-libtiff-compat main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mono-xamarin.list

      update package indexes

      sudo apt-get update


      sudo apt-get install mono-devel -y “`

    • RPM Based “`sh


      add the EPEL

      sudo yum install epel-release -y

      Add the key

      sudo rpm –import “”

      Add the package repository

      sudo yum-config-manager –add-repo

      update your system

      sudo yum update -y

      Install mono-devel

      sudo yum install mono-devel -y “`

    • Xamarin Studio is helpful for working on source.

    • Consider adding the following to your ~/.profile (or other relevant dot source file): “`sh


      export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/opt/local/lib/pkgconfig:/Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/Current/lib/pkgconfig:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH “`

    • Set your permissions correctly: sh chmod +x chmod +x

      Build Process:

    • Run ./ Running the build on Mono produces an artifact similar to Windows but may have more rough edges. You may get a failure or two in the build script that can be safely ignored.


      Chocolatey is brought to you by quite a few people and frameworks. See CREDITS (just LEGAL/ in the zip folder)

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