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This repository contains chocolatey automatic packages.
The repository is setup so that you can manage your packages entirely from the GitHub web interface (using AppVeyor to update and push packages) and/or using the local repository copy.


To run locally you will need:

In order to setup AppVeyor update runner please take a look at the AU wiki AppVeyor section.

Create a package

To create a new package see Creating the package updater script.

Testing the package

In a package directory run: Test-Package. This function can be used to start testing in chocolatey-test-environment via Vagrant parameter or it can test packages locally.

Automatic package update

Single package

Run from within the directory of the package to update that package:

cd <package_dir>

If this script is missing, the package is not automatic.
Set $au_Force = $true prior to script call to update the package even if no new version is found.

Multiple packages

To update all packages run ./update_all.ps1. It accepts few options:

./update_all.ps1 -Name a*                         # Update all packages which name start with letter 'a'
./update_all.ps1 -ForcedPackages 'cpu-z copyq'    # Update all packages and force cpu-z and copyq
./update_all.ps1 -ForcedPackages 'copyq:1.2.3'    # Update all packages but force copyq with explicit version
./update_all.ps1 -ForcedPackages 'libreoffice-streams\fresh:6.1.0]'    # Update all packages but force libreoffice-streams package to update stream `fresh` with explicit version `6.1.0`.
./update_all.ps1 -Root 'c:\packages'              # Update all packages in the c:\packages folder

The following global variables influence the execution of update_all.ps1 script if set prior to the call:

$au_NoPlugins = $true        #Do not execute plugins
$au_Push      = $false       #Do not push to chocolatey

You can also call AU method Update-AUPackages (alias updateall) on its own in the repository root. This will just run the updater for the each package without any other option from update_all.ps1 script. For example to force update of all packages with a single command execute:

updateall -Options ([ordered]@{ Force = $true })

Testing all packages

You can force the update of all or subset of packages to see how they behave when complete update procedure is done:

./test_all.ps1                            # Test force update on all packages
./test_all.ps1 'cdrtfe','freecad', 'p*'   # Test force update on only given packages
./test_all.ps1 'random 3'                 # Split packages in 3 groups and randomly select and test 1 of those each time

Note: If you run this locally your packages will get updated. Use git reset --hard after running this to revert the changes.

Pushing To Community Repository Via Commit Message

You can force package update and push using git commit message. AppVeyor build is set up to pass arguments from the commit message to the ./update_all.ps1 script.

If commit message includes [AU <forced_packages>] message on the first line, the forced_packages string will be sent to the updater.


  • [AU pkg1 pkg2]
    Force update ONLY packages pkg1 and pkg2.
  • [AU pkg1:ver1 pkg2 non_existent]
    Force pkg1 and use explicit version ver1, force pkg2 and ignore non_existent.

To see how versions behave when package update is forced see the force documentation.

You can also push manual packages with command [PUSH pkg1 ... pkgN]. This works for any package anywhere in the file hierarchy and will not invoke AU updater at all.

If there are no changes in the repository use --allow-empty git parameter:

git commit -m '[AU copyq less:2.0]' --allow-empty
git push

Start using AU with your own packages

To use this system with your own packages do the following steps:

  • Fork this project. If needed, rename it to au-packages.
  • Delete all existing packages.
  • Edit the header with your repository info.
  • Set your environment variables. See AU wiki for details.

Add your own packages now, with this in mind:

  • You can keep both manual and automatic packages together. To get only AU packages any time use Get-AUPackages function (alias lsau or gau)
  • Keep all package additional files in the package directory (icons, screenshots etc.). This keeps everything related to one package in its own directory so it is easy to move it around or remove it.
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