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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The terms 'software' and 'package' are not used interchangeably in the Chocolatey community. It's important to understand the distinction between them and how they are related.

  • Chocolatey - Windows package manager for software management; can also be considered a framework.
  • - Website for general Chocolatey information including customer testimonials, product comparisons, and pricing.
  • - Website that contains a community maintained package repository. It is important to understand that Chocolatey and the Chocolatey Community Repository (CCR) are not intertwined; they are not the same thing. See the Packages Disclaimer for a better understanding.
  • NuGet - Framework and .NET package manager for software libraries. Chocolatey uses the NuGet packaging framework.
  • Package - See 'What are Chocolatey Packages?' for more information. Packages may or may not contain the software they represent and the final location of software may or may not be in the package.
  • Software - The actual runtime software that a package represents. This can be installed to the system through native installers, from zip/archive files, or by dropping the runtime software directly into the package.
  • Native Installer - Actual installers that install software into Programs and Features, "natively" on a Windows machine. This is like MSI, InnoSetup (exe), NSIS (exe), InstallShield (exe/msi), etc. Windows has over 20 different installer formats.
  • Install Package - Packages that wrap native installers.
  • Portable Package - Packages that use zip or just contain the runtime software. Usually these packages do not require administrative privileges to install or run. See our FAQ about portable applications for more information.
  • Extension Package - Packages that provide extensions to Chocolatey's PowerShell module through additional PowerShell modules.
  • Template Package - Packages that have packaging templates in them used in package creation. See create your own package templates for more information.
  • Metapackage - Packages that only exist to take dependencies on other packages, usually as a way of providing one command to get a complete setup. Some metapackages exist to provide discoverability, such as "git" versus "git.install." The git package just depends on git.install, so running the install for either package will result in the git software being installed on the machine.
  • Shimming - a form of redirection where you create a "shim" that redirects input to the actual binary process and shares the output. This also allows applications and tools to be on the "PATH" without cluttering up the PATH environment variable. See our shimming documentation for more information.

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