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Downloads of v 1.0.0:


Last Update:

22 Aug 2023

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • bcurran3


bcurran3 unofficial choco package-info hook

(unofficial) Choco Package Info Description (Pre-Install Hook)

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1.0.0 | Updated: 22 Aug 2023



Downloads of v 1.0.0:



Software Author(s):

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(unofficial) Choco Package Info Description (Pre-Install Hook) 1.0.0

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All Checks are Passing

3 Passing Tests

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install (unofficial) Choco Package Info Description (Pre-Install Hook), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade (unofficial) Choco Package Info Description (Pre-Install Hook), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall (unofficial) Choco Package Info Description (Pre-Install Hook), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


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

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/)

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 https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/. 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 choco-package-info-description.hook -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 choco-package-info-description.hook -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 choco-package-info-description.hook
    name: choco-package-info-description.hook
    version: '1.0.0'
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'choco-package-info-description.hook' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '1.0.0'

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller choco-package-info-description.hook
    Name     = "choco-package-info-description.hook"
    Version  = "1.0.0"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'choco-package-info-description.hook':
  ensure   => '1.0.0',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

Package Approved

This package was approved by moderator TheCakeIsNaOH on 23 Aug 2023.



To use choco:// protocol URLs, install (unofficial) choco:// Protocol support

Screenshot of Choco Package Info Description (Pre-Install Hook)

This hook displays the description of the package you are installing or upgrading right before it happens.

So you've replaced your addiction of watching defrag with watching Chocolatey packages download and install... If you're anything like me, (probably not as I've been told the mold was broken) now and then you see a package upgraded and wonder why you have it installed since you can't remember the last time you ran the program or what it's even for. This little pre-install hook will show you the description of the package before the package installs. So now you'll know and have something to read as you watch the download.

Choco-Package-Info Hooks Collection:

choco-package-info-description.hook - displays package description before install
choco-package-info-summary.hook - displays package summary before install
choco-package-info-releasenotes.hook - displays package release notes before install

If you like this little hook, please consider donating: https://www.paypal.me/bcurran3donations or become a patron at https://www.patreon.com/bcurran3

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Continue'
# choco-package-info-description.hook v1.0.0 (2023-07-04) Copyleft 2023 by Bill Curran AKA BCURRAN3
# LICENSE: GNU GPL v3 - https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html
# Suggestions? Problems? Open a GitHub issue at https://github.com/bcurran3/ChocolateyPackages/issues

function FormatStringWithIndentation {
    param (
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true, Position=0)]

    $indentation = "     "
    $lineLength = 75

    # Replace all newline characters with a space
    $processedString = $InputString -replace "`r?`n", " "

    $outputString = ""

    while ($processedString.Length -gt 0) {
        if ($processedString.Length -le $lineLength) {
            # If remaining string is shorter than or equal to line length, add it as is
            $outputString += $indentation + $processedString.Trim()
            $processedString = ""
        } else {
            # Find the last space within the first lineLength characters
            $lastSpaceIndex = $processedString.Substring(0, $lineLength).LastIndexOf(" ")

            if ($lastSpaceIndex -ge 0) {
                # If a space is found, split the line at the space
                $outputString += $indentation + $processedString.Substring(0, $lastSpaceIndex).Trim() + "`n"
                $processedString = $processedString.Substring($lastSpaceIndex + 1).TrimStart()
            } else {
                # If no space is found, split the line at lineLength
                $outputString += $indentation + $processedString.Substring(0, $lineLength).Trim() + "`n"
                $processedString = $processedString.Substring($lineLength).TrimStart()

    return $outputString

if (Test-Path "$env:chocolateyPackageFolder\$env:chocolateyPackageName.nuspec"){
    $nuspecXML = "$env:chocolateyPackageFolder\$env:chocolateyPackageName.nuspec"
    [xml]$nuspecFile = Get-Content $nuspecXML
	$NuspecTitle = $nuspecFile.package.metadata.title
    $NuspecDescription = $nuspecFile.package.metadata.description
	if ($NuspecDescription){
		Write-Host "  ** $($NuspecTitle.toupper()) DESCRIPTION:" -Foreground Cyan
		Write-Host "$(FormatStringWithIndentation "$NuspecDescription")" -Foreground Cyan
} else {
	Write-Host "$env:chocolateyPackageFolder\$env:chocolateyPackageName.nuspec not found." -Foreground Cyan

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  • No future development planned, only maintenance as needed.

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