Building, Testing, and Pushing Your Package

Building Your Package

Open a command line in the directory where the nuspec is and type choco pack. That's it.

Testing Your Package

NOTE: We strongly suggest the following should be performed in a VM and not on your machine.
NOTE: Testing your package can be done in the same way as the verifier - take a look at Chocolatey Verifier Testing.

To test the package you just built, open a command line shell and navigate to the directory where the *.nupkg file is located. Then type:

choco install packageName --debug --verbose --source .

This will install the package right out of your source. As you find things you may need to fix, using --force (-f) will remove and reinstall the package from the updated *.nupkg. If you are specifically testing chocolateyBeforeModify.ps1, you need to be testing upgrade and uninstall scenarios. You need to install a version of the package with this file first as before modify is like uninstall, it runs from the installed package, not the package you are installing (like chocolateyInstall.ps1 does).

NOTE: Using Force --force (-f) should only be done in subsequent testing where you are reinstalling the same package that you've changed and should NOT be used in regular use scenarios. It should definitely not be in scripts.
NOTE: If you are using a Semver dash in your package version (such as 1.0.0-beta), you will need to use the --pre switch or else you will get Unable to find package errors from choco install. You can also specify -version 1.0.0-beta to try to install that exact version.

. points to the current directory. You can specify multiple directories separated by a semicolon;

When your nuspec specifies dependencies that are not in your source, you should add their paths to the source directory. E.g. in the case of Chocolatey itself:

    <dependency id="chocolatey" version="" />

You'll need to append the API path like so:
--source "'.;'" (note the double quotes bookending the apostrophes here, use %cd% in cmd.exe or $pwd in Powershell.exe if . doesn't resolve). See passing options with quotes. Note: If you need to do this, please ensure you run choco pack first. This method of passing a source won't work calling a nuspec or nupkg directly as it will override the source passed to the local folder.

You can also use the --debug switch on choco install to provide more information.

NOTE: Do not call install with .nupkg - pointing to a file explicitly overrides source. You must call your install with the package name, not the nupkg file and location. You've already specified for choco to look in a local source with --source "'.;'". Call choco install dude --source "'.;'", not choco install .\dude.nupkg --source "'.;'".

Alternative testing strategy

You can also type choco install --force --debug --verbose path/to/nuspec and choco will build the nupkg and attempt to install it.

NOTE: This is not recommended if you are passing install arguments or package parameters due to some weirdness, and definitely does not work with passed sources as it need to override that with the local folder once it builds the package. Most likely you will want to stick with the recommended strategy.

Pushing Your Package

To push your package after you have built and tested it, you type choco push packageName.nupkg --source sourceLocation where packageName.nupkg is the name of the nupkg that was built with a version number as part of the package name and sourceLocation is the location of the source you want to push to (e.g. for chocolatey's community feed). You must have an api key for set. Take a look at choco push

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