CommandsReference

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Command Reference

This is a listing of all of the different things you can pass to choco.

Commands

  • list - lists remote or local packages
  • search - searches remote or local packages (alias for list)
  • info - retrieves package information. Shorthand for choco search pkgname --exact --verbose
  • install - installs packages from various sources
  • pin - suppress upgrades for a package
  • outdated - retrieves packages that are outdated. Similar to upgrade all --noop
  • upgrade - upgrades packages from various sources
  • uninstall - uninstalls a package
  • pack - packages up a nuspec to a compiled nupkg
  • push - pushes a compiled nupkg
  • new - generates files necessary for a chocolatey package from a template
  • sources - view and configure default sources (alias for source)
  • source - view and configure default sources
  • config - Retrieve and configure config file settings
  • feature - view and configure choco features
  • features - view and configure choco features (alias for feature)
  • setapikey - retrieves or saves an apikey for a particular source (alias for apikey)
  • apikey - retrieves or saves an apikey for a particular source
  • unpackself - have chocolatey set itself up
  • version - [DEPRECATED] will be removed in v1 - use [[choco outdated|Commandsoutdated]] or cup <pkg|all> -whatif instead
  • update - [DEPRECATED] RESERVED for future use (you are looking for upgrade, these are not the droids you are looking for)
  • support - provides support information
  • download - downloads packages - optionally internalizing all remote resources
  • synchronize - synchronizes against system installed software - generates missing packages
  • sync - synchronizes against system installed software - generates missing packages
  • optimize - optimizes installation, reducing space usage

Please run chocolatey with choco command -help for specific help on each command.

How To Pass Options / Switches

You can pass options and switches in the following ways:

  • Unless stated otherwise, an option/switch should only be passed one time. Otherwise you may find weird/non-supported behavior.
  • -, /, or -- (one character switches should not use --)
  • Option Bundling / Bundled Options: One character switches can be bundled. e.g. -d (debug), -f (force), -v (verbose), and -y (confirm yes) can be bundled as -dfvy.
  • NOTE: If debug or verbose are bundled with local options (not the global ones above), some logging may not show up until after the local options are parsed.
  • Use Equals: You can also include or not include an equals sign = between options and values.
  • Quote Values: When you need to quote an entire argument, such as when using spaces, please use a combination of double quotes and apostrophes ("'value'"). In cmd.exe you can just use double quotes ("value") but in powershell.exe you should use backticks (`"value`") or apostrophes ('value'). Using the combination allows for both shells to work without issue, except for when the next section applies.
  • Periods in PowerShell: If you need to pass a period as part of a value or a path, PowerShell doesn't always handle it well. Please quote those values using "Quote Values" section above.
  • Pass quotes in arguments: When you need to pass quoted values to to something like a native installer, you are in for a world of fun. In cmd.exe you must pass it like this: -ia "/yo=""Spaces spaces""". In PowerShell.exe, you must pass it like this: -ia '/yo=""Spaces spaces""'. No other combination will work. In PowerShell.exe if you are on version v3+, you can try --% before -ia to just pass the args through as is, which means it should not require any special workarounds.
  • Options and switches apply to all items passed, so if you are installing multiple packages, and you use --version=1.0.0, choco is going to look for and try to install version 1.0.0 of every package passed. So please split out multiple package calls when wanting to pass specific options.

See Help Menu In Action

choco help in action

Default Options and Switches

NOTE: Options and switches apply to all items passed, so if you are running a command like install that allows installing multiple packages, and you use --version=1.0.0, it is going to look for and try to install version 1.0.0 of every package passed. So please split out multiple package calls when wanting to pass specific options.


 -?, --help, -h
     Prints out the help menu.

 -d, --debug
     Debug - Show debug messaging.

 -v, --verbose
     Verbose - Show verbose messaging. Very verbose messaging, avoid using 
       under normal circumstances.

     --trace
     Trace - Show trace messaging. Very, very verbose trace messaging. Avoid 
       except when needing super low-level .NET Framework debugging. Available 
       in 0.10.4+.

     --nocolor, --no-color
     No Color - Do not show colorization in logging output. This overrides 
       the feature 'logWithoutColor', set to 'False'. Available in 0.10.9+.

     --acceptlicense, --accept-license
     AcceptLicense - Accept license dialogs automatically. Reserved for 
       future use.

 -y, --yes, --confirm
     Confirm all prompts - Chooses affirmative answer instead of prompting. 
       Implies --accept-license

 -f, --force
     Force - force the behavior. Do not use force during normal operation - 
       it subverts some of the smart behavior for commands.

     --noop, --whatif, --what-if
     NoOp / WhatIf - Don't actually do anything.

 -r, --limitoutput, --limit-output
     LimitOutput - Limit the output to essential information

     --timeout, --execution-timeout=VALUE
     CommandExecutionTimeout (in seconds) - The time to allow a command to 
       finish before timing out. Overrides the default execution timeout in the 
       configuration of 2700 seconds. '0' for infinite starting in 0.10.4.

 -c, --cache, --cachelocation, --cache-location=VALUE
     CacheLocation - Location for download cache, defaults to %TEMP% or value 
       in chocolatey.config file.

     --allowunofficial, --allow-unofficial, --allowunofficialbuild, --allow-unofficial-build
     AllowUnofficialBuild - When not using the official build you must set 
       this flag for choco to continue.

     --failstderr, --failonstderr, --fail-on-stderr, --fail-on-standard-error, --fail-on-error-output
     FailOnStandardError - Fail on standard error output (stderr), typically 
       received when running external commands during install providers. This 
       overrides the feature failOnStandardError.

     --use-system-powershell
     UseSystemPowerShell - Execute PowerShell using an external process 
       instead of the built-in PowerShell host. Should only be used when 
       internal host is failing. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --no-progress
     Do Not Show Progress - Do not show download progress percentages. 
       Available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy=VALUE
     Proxy Location - Explicit proxy location. Overrides the default proxy 
       location of ''. Available for config settings in 0.9.9.9+, this CLI 
       option available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-user=VALUE
     Proxy User Name - Explicit proxy user (optional). Requires explicity 
       proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides the default proxy user of 
       '123'. Available for config settings in 0.9.9.9+, this CLI option 
       available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-password=VALUE
     Proxy Password - Explicit proxy password (optional) to be used with 
       username. Requires explicity proxy (`--proxy` or config setting) and 
       user name.  Overrides the default proxy password (encrypted in settings 
       if set). Available for config settings in 0.9.9.9+, this CLI option 
       available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-bypass-list=VALUE
     ProxyBypassList - Comma separated list of regex locations to bypass on 
       proxy. Requires explicity proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides 
       the default proxy bypass list of ''. Available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-bypass-on-local
     Proxy Bypass On Local - Bypass proxy for local connections. Requires 
       explicity proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides the default 
       proxy bypass on local setting of 'True'. Available in 0.10.4+.

     --log-file=VALUE
     Log File to output to in addition to regular loggers. Available in 0.1-
       0.8+.

NOTE: This documentation has been automatically generated from choco -h.

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