Chocolatey Community Coffee Break

Join the Chocolatey Team on our regular monthly stream where we discuss all things Community, what we do, how you can get involved and answer your Chocolatey questions.

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Chocolatey Product Spotlight

Join the Chocolatey Team on our regular monthly stream where we put a spotlight on the most recent Chocolatey product releases. You'll have a chance to have your questions answered in a live Ask Me Anything format.

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Announcing Chocolatey Central Management 0.10.0

Livestream from
Thursday, 06 October 2022

We recently released our largest update to Chocolatey Central Management so far. Join Gary and Steph to find out more about Chocolatey Central Management and the new features and fixes we've added to this release.

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Chocolatey and Intune Overview

Webinar Replay from
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

At Chocolatey Software we strive for simple, and teaching others. Let us teach you just how simple it could be to keep your 3rd party applications updated across your devices, all with Intune!

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Chocolatey For Business. In Azure. In One Click.

Livestream from
Thursday, 9 June 2022

Join James and Josh to show you how you can get the Chocolatey For Business recommended infrastructure and workflow, created, in Azure, in around 20 minutes.

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The Future of Chocolatey CLI

Livestream from
Thursday, 04 August 2022

Join Paul and Gary to hear more about the plans for the Chocolatey CLI in the not so distant future. We'll talk about some cool new features, long term asks from Customers and Community and how you can get involved!

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Hacktoberfest Tuesdays 2022

Livestreams from
October 2022

For Hacktoberfest, Chocolatey ran a livestream every Tuesday! Re-watch Cory, James, Gary, and Rain as they share knowledge on how to contribute to open-source projects such as Chocolatey CLI.

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Chocolatey Product Spotlight: Chocolatey 1.2.0 and Chocolatey Licensed Extension 5.0.0

Livestream from
Thursday, 03 November 2022

Join Paul and Gary for this months Chocolatey product livestream where we look at the latest release of Chocolatey 1.2.0, Chocolatey Licensed Extension 5.0.0 and shine a spotlight on the new hook scripts functionality. This opens up so many possibilities for Chocolatey CLI users!

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Chocolatey Coding Livestream

Livestream from
Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Join Josh as he adds the ability to manage Chocolatey GUI config and features with the Chocolatey Ansible Collection.

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Introduction into Chocolatey with Veeam

Webinar from
Tuesday, 13 December 2022

Join Gary, Paul, and Maurice as they introduce and demonstrate how to use Chocolatey! Questions will be answered live in an Ask Me Anything format.

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Using Chocolatey

Command Example

Now that you have Chocolatey on your machine (need to install?), you can run several commands.

Take a look at the command reference. We are going to be using the install command.

Let's install Notepad++.

  1. Open a command line.
  2. Type choco install notepadplusplus and press Enter.
  3. If you have UAC turned on or are not an administrator, Chocolatey is going to request administrative permission at some point (at least once during the process). Otherwise it will not be able to finish what it is doing successfully. If you don't have UAC turned on, it will just continue on without stopping to bother you.
  4. Thats it. Pretty simple but powerful little concept!

Overriding Default Install Directory or Other Advanced Install Concepts

  1. We support these concepts through the use of install arguments - see Install Arguments
  2. If you wanted to pass a native argument to the installer, like the install directory, you would need to know the silent argument passed to that particular installer and then you would specify it on the command line or in the packages.config.
  3. If it was an MSI, then usually you could pass -ia "INSTALLDIR=""D:\Program Files""" (for cmd.exe, it's different for PowerShell). See how to pass options/switches for specifics on passing quoted values through.
  4. For example, Notepad++ uses the NSIS (NullSoft Scriptable Install System) installer. If we look at the silent options, we see that /D is how we influence the install directory. So we would pass choco install notepadplusplus.install -ia "'/D=E:\SomeDirectory\somebody\npp'" -note that we are looking at the specific package over the virtual (although you can do the same with notepadplusplus as well).

Is there a better way? Absolutely, see ubiquitous install directory switch!

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