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How to Install Chocolatey on Windows

Published: at 10:42 PM
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I recently worked with a colleague of mine and he ran into some issues with installing Chocolatey. I decided to do a write up on how to get it up and running quickly.

What is Chocolatey Anyway?

Chocolatey, often referred to as Choco, is a free, open-source package manager for Windows, similar to Apt or DNF in the Linux ecosystem. It allows you to install software via the Windows command line, handling the download, installation, and update process automatically. Linux users are typically familiar with this type of package management system.

Some may wonder, “Why use a program like this when we can just download the .exe or .msi files and install the software ourselves?”

That’s a great question! Here are some reasons why:

Install Using Powershell

When installing the software via PowerShell, we must ensure the local Get-ExecutionPolicy is not set to restricted. Chocolatey suggests using Bypass to bypass the policy to get things installed or AllSigned for increased security.

First, we need to run the Get-ExecutionPolicy. If it returns Restricted, then we need to run one of the two commands below.

Set-ExecutionPolicy AllSigned


Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process

Now run the following command in the Windows shell.

Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol -bor 3072; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('')) 

If there are no errors, Chocolatey will be installed. We can verify the installation using the choco or choco -? command.

Verify Installation

To verify that Chocolatey is installed, we will use the choco command.

 Chocolatey v0.10.15
 Please run 'choco -?' or 'choco  -?' for help menu.

All done! Chocolatey is installed!