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Last Update:

17 Jan 2022

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Geoff Greer
  • Krzysztof Kowalczyk
  • Jean-François Larvoire


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The Silver Searcher

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2.2.5 | Updated: 17 Jan 2022



Downloads of v 2.2.5:



Software Author(s):

  • Geoff Greer
  • Krzysztof Kowalczyk
  • Jean-François Larvoire

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The Silver Searcher 2.2.5

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Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Resulted in Flagged as a Note:

At least one file within this package has greater than 0 detections, but less than 5

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install The Silver Searcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade The Silver Searcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall The Silver Searcher, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:

📝 NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade ag -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade ag -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install ag
    name: ag
    version: '2.2.5'
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'ag' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '2.2.5'

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller ag
    Name     = "ag"
    Version  = "2.2.5"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'ag':
  ensure   => '2.2.5',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator TheCakeIsNaOH on 03 Feb 2022.


The Silver Searcher is a text search tool like grep or ack, except faster. It's written in super-optimized C (like grep) and it's intelligent about entirely skipping files that you don't want to waste time searching (like ack).

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
$toolsDir = Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName    = 'ag'
  url            = ''
  checksum       = 'aee6e795f9c1bf2761318139cbb5ebeafdef99b9eadc82461e190af597860b7f'
  url64          = ''
  checksum64     = 'ecde6ebcbd2d33ab9f50cca0800db4bd2ba183bdb7832a9d0b5ad05a684de958'
  checksumType   = 'sha256'
  checksumType64 = 'sha256'
  unzipLocation  = $toolsDir

# Check if there are other conflicting packages installed by other package managers
# Winget registers the package uninstall command in the registry
if (Test-Path 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\The Silver Searcher') {
  Throw "Found another instance of ag installed by Winget.`n Please uninstall it first using 'winget uninstall `"The Silver Searcher`"' and retry.`n"
# Scoop installs shims, like Chocolatey, in the same directory as scoop.ps1
foreach ($scoop in (get-command scoop.ps1 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)) {
  $dir = (get-item $scoop.Path).DirectoryName
  $ag = Join-Path $dir ag.exe
  if (test-path $ag) {
    Throw "Found another instance of ag installed by Scoop.`n Please uninstall it first using 'scoop uninstall ag' and retry.`n"
  } else {
    Write-Verbose "Found a Scoop installation in '$dir', but it does not contain ag.exe."

# OK, the installation can go on
Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @packageArgs

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In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

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Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
The Silver Searcher 28831 Thursday, October 5, 2017 Approved
The Silver Searcher 7575 Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Approved
The Silver Searcher 458 Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Approved
The Silver Searcher 0.18.1 3300 Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Unknown

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