2022 Chocolatey Package Manager for Windows 10 11

2022 Chocolatey Package Manager for Windows 10 11

Chocolatey provides 1000's of free, high quality software packages for computer users.

Everything from Youtube downloading software to Productivity Office Suite Applications to Remote Control Desktops, even paid products, but with automated installation scripts too.

2022 Chocolatey Package Manager for Windows 10 11

Chocolatey aims to automate the entire software lifecycle from install through upgrade and removal on Windows operating systems. It aims to simplify complex processes through a single unifying interface allowing you to control the chaos.

Chocolatey for Business allows organizations to adopt a DevOps approach that can easily manage your Windows environment, delivering applications to servers and end-users faster and more reliably. By taking advantage of PowerShell to provide automated software management instructions, Chocolatey’s built-in functions turn complex tasks into one-line function calls.

Chocolatey simplifies this through simple, repeatable, and automated approach, by using a universal packaging format for managing all aspects of Windows software. Whether you are managing native installers, zips, script, runtime binaries or in-house developed applications, Chocolatey treats them all as 1st class citizens and gives you a consistent, unified approach to software management

Install Chocolatey for Individual Use:

  1. First, ensure that you are using an administrative shell - you can also install as a non-admin, check out Non-Administrative Installation.
  2. Install with powershell.exe

    📝 NOTE: Please inspect https://community.chocolatey.org/install.ps1 prior to running any of these scripts to ensure safety. We already know it's safe, but you should verify the security and contents of any script from the internet you are not familiar with.
    All of these scripts download a remote PowerShell script and execute it on your machine. We take security very seriously. Learn more about our security protocols.

    With PowerShell, you must ensure Get-ExecutionPolicy is not Restricted. We suggest using Bypass to bypass the policy to get things installed or AllSigned for quite a bit more security.

    • Run Get-ExecutionPolicy. If it returns Restricted, then run Set-ExecutionPolicy AllSigned or Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process.

    Now run the following command:


  3. Paste the copied text into your shell and press Enter.
  4. Wait a few seconds for the command to complete.
  5. If you don't see any errors, you are ready to use Chocolatey! Type choco or choco -? now, or see Getting Started for usage instructions.

Common Thoughts

"Some of the software I manage is extremely complex and difficult to install." You mean like Office, SQL Server, or Oracle? How about MatLab? AutoCAD? All can be more easily managed with Chocolatey. Stop torturing yourself, give Chocolatey a shot. Trust us, you'll never go back to those earlier methods. Come into modern software management and automation. It's available, and it's for Windows!!

"I deal with software installers that don't install silently." There are solutions for those badly behaved installers. If your team doesn't have the skillset for something like MSI repackaging, you can lean on our packaging support team that can whip those badly behaved installers into shape for a low cost (provided you are using a commerical edition of Chocolatey).

"But I'm not a developer, why should I learn PowerShell?" Okay, time for some serious talk. If you are not learning better automation now, your peers are. They are going to move into this modern automation (DevOps as some might call it) and you might end up asking folks if they "want fries with that?". We are professionals that typically can call for higher salaries - that means we need to continue to provide value for the organizations that employ us. If we are not already familiar, we should learn to work with automation (PowerShell) and some basic foundational concepts of development (like source control). It's not hard, you might find it addictive.

"I like GUIs or my coworkers like GUIs." We understand that aspect, that's why our business edition offering employs many more visual interfaces.