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Chocolatey

Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

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Avg rating of 3 (21)| 20 comments

What is Chocolatey?

Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind. It is built on top of NuGet command line and the NuGet infrastructure. In terms of updates, it allows you to update nearly everything on your machine with a few simple keystrokes.

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Chocolatey Features

  1.  Command line interfaceChocolatey either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
  2.  Ad-freeChocolatey doesn't contain any form of external advertising.

Chocolatey information

  • Developed byRob Reynolds
  • LicensingOpen Source and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription
  • RatingAverage rating of 3 (21 ratings)
  • Alternatives67 alternatives listed

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  • English

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Our users have written 20 comments and reviews about Chocolatey, and it has gotten 260 likes

Chocolatey was added to AlternativeTo by tabakis on and this page was last updated .

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siphons
  
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It makes installing software a breeze. For setting up new systems, this tool is a godsend.

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SysAdminReview
  
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Chocolatey is amazing and all but it have multiple cons but those cons don't disrupt the work of the software Pros: -my number one is using my custom packages in an enterprise environment and its all open-source. cons: -application and software signatures can be a nightmare. -it doesn't support old windows packages for example with the lack of tls without updating the PowerShell library (sometimes it's a pain to work with that)

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matthiggs
  
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Chocolatey is a great platform, but only if you are a USER of chocolatey. The second that you decide you would like to benefit the community by creating and releasing chocolatey packages to the community feed yourself, it turns into a nightmare. Mostly this centers around the "package review" process (if it can be called such). To begin with, the standards as to what constitutes an "acceptable package" are very loosely defined, which creates delays when trying to release your package when it already can take up to a month for a reviewer to even look/re-look at your package again. One of the pages on chocolatey's web site states "Since it uses PowerShell, if you can dream it, you can do it with Chocolatey." This statement however, is very misleading, as it would imply that you can run powershell commands to perform additional installation processes in your chocolatey packages, which you can do IF you are hosting your own feed. However, when posting to the community chocolatey feed, you are pretty much restricted to using only the chocolatey commands, and your packages will remain unpublished unless you take part in their interrogation as to why you didn't use only chocolatey commands or assimilate, all done under the guise of moderating the package to ensure it is safe. Apparently, chocolatey's "moderation" to promote a great user experience comes at the cost of providing a horrible and time wasting experience for contributors who want to submit packages. EG. I submitted a package myself that had the below line of powershell: [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12; This line was put in there because powershell could not download the file successfully without its presence, as powershell uses TLS 1.0 and the site from which the package needed to be downloaded uses TLS 1.2. However, despite the fact that my package met all requirements and conformed to every other standard, its publication has been delayed by almost 2 MONTHS BECAUSE OF THAT ONE LINE!!!!! Personally, I will never write a chocolatey package for the community feed again, because they just love kicking developers in the balls. Ferventcoder, if you are reading this, I would very seriously recommend that you modify what you currently and laughably refer to as a moderation process so as to not alienate the developers who put their time and energy into writing packages for the community feed. Or at least update the advertising on the chocolatey web site as to not indicate that you are free to use powershell commands that are not contained within the chocolatey module, to at least let people who write packages for chocolatey know about the kick to the balls that you will be delivering. You have worn me out and I will never submit one again because of the horrible experience dealing with your moderators and wasting my time reviewing their asinine input, modifying the packages to meet their asinine requests, and resubmitting. I am done, done, done, and if you are a potential who is thinking about starting, save yourself the nightmare and don't

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nm17

If only I found your comment before I wasted my time uploading packages to the community...

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choomaque
  
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It's buggy and fails to install-uninstall packages very often, Manual is confusing, Needs an elevated privileges to install packages.

A major disappointment comparing to Scoop.

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yaronlavi
  
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Its an easy way to keep track of installed programs on windows.

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yuriykaz
  
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Chocolatey could be the greatest package / software manager, there are many Pros and Cons of using it. It makes installing hundreds of programs a simple task... but there are many, maaaaaany packages, that either have errors or are outdated, abandoned or unmaintained by the community. Hope this tool and platform gets improved soon.

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aazard
  
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Chocolaty you failed... you became bloated, cumbersome and attached to MS-VS.

Sumo is less bloated, Ketarin offers more control (without trying to wear too many "hats").

Chocolatey tried to be too much "in one package" instead of being an app with "component parts".

I'm not saying Chocolay is bad, but its not a good app compared to the many alternatives (its basicly for the lazy SysAdmins & MS fan boys)

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Chocolatey platform details

Windows

Requires .NET Framework 4.0 & Powershell

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