Commonly used commands in Chocolatey Windows Package Manager

Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows.  Ideal for easy installation of software and it’s dependencies.  It makes it much easier to manage software installs in Windows.  There is no need to follow a software’s installation instructions as the installation process is always the same for any software in chocolatey.  Chocolatey also allows multiple software installs with no user intervention required.  Chocolatey also updates software to the latest version when they become available.

 

Install Chocolatey in Powershell by copy and pasting the following command

iwr https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1 -UseBasicParsing | iex

 

Get going by using the following commonly used commands

Search for a package with user’s string anywhere in the package name

clist {package name}

Example
clist gimp

 

List packages that starts with specified characters

clist {package name} --id starts-with
 
Example 
clist gim --id starts-with

 

List packages that starts with specified characters and order by popularity

clist {package name} --id-starts-with --order-by-popularity
 
Example
clist gim --id-starts-with --order-by-popularity

Note: The search command is an alias for the list command

 

Install package

cinst {package name}

Example
cinst gimp

 

Install particular package version

cinst {package name} --version {version #}

Example
cinst gimp --version 2.8.0

 

Uninstall package

cuninst {package name}

Example
cinst gimp

 

List all installed packages

clist -lo

 

Update all packages

cup all -y

 
 

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