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Downloads of v 19.3.538:


Last Update:

03 Apr 2024

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • PDQ


arsenal pdq deploy tool software patch deployment admin trial

PDQ Deploy (Install)

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19.3.538 | Updated: 03 Apr 2024



Downloads of v 19.3.538:



Software Author(s):

  • PDQ

PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.538

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

Exempted as dependency install requires reboot


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install PDQ Deploy (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade PDQ Deploy (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall PDQ Deploy (Install), 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 pdq-deploy -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 pdq-deploy -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 pdq-deploy
    name: pdq-deploy
    version: '19.3.538'
    state: present

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

chocolatey_package 'pdq-deploy' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '19.3.538'

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

cChocoPackageInstaller pdq-deploy
    Name     = "pdq-deploy"
    Version  = "19.3.538"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

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

package { 'pdq-deploy':
  ensure   => '19.3.538',
  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 as a trusted package on 03 Apr 2024.


Screenshot of PDQ Deploy

What Can PDQ Deploy Do?

Install MSIs to Multiple Computers

Need to install an MSI? Just create a new PDQ Package and point it to the MSI. If the installation has more than a single MSI file, be sure to check the “Include Entire Directory” checkbox.

Install EXEs to Multiple Computers

Need to install an EXE? All you need to do is verify that the application can be installed silently. (By default MSIs have this ability, but EXEs need to be explicitly told to run silently.) Not every EXE supports this feature, but most do.

The challenge will be to determine the correct method to run it silently. The silent parameter (sometimes called a switch) can be /s or /S, /q or /Q, /quiet, /qn, and a host of other options. Sometimes the installations are case sensitive, so be sure to use exactly what the vendor states is the correct switch.

Ready-to-Deploy Installs in the Package Library

We created the Package Library so that our users wouldn't have to spend time with every Java or Flash update that comes down the pike. When you are a Pro or Enterprise mode customer you get access to the Package Library you can get common apps that are already in PDQ Packages, and are ready for deploying to all your computers. See the full list of ready-to-go silent installs.

Customize Your Installs

With PDQ Deploy you can install just about any application or patch just by pointing a PDQ Deploy package to an EXE or MSI. You can also make changes to the packages that you downloaded from the Package Library.

What if my Installation has more files than just an MSI or EXE?

Many installations require more than a single install file.

To be sure that these files are used during the installation, be sure to check the “Include Entire Directory” checkbox when you point the PDQ Package to the MSI or EXE.

Memory Requirements: 4 GB

OS Requirements: Windows 10, 11, 8x, Server 2012x or higher


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$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'

$packageArgs = @{
    softwareName   = 'PDQ Deploy*'
    packageName    = 'pdq-deploy'
    fileType       = 'exe'
    file           = "$(Split-Path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)\PDQ_Deploy_Setup.exe"
    checksum       = '1617AF8EFA26FC0BAE37C18BD764AC1BF0F18E4F050890DAC6465FA94FDB7368'
    checksumType   = 'sha256'
    silentArgs     = '/s'
    validExitCodes = @(0)

Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs
URL: https://www.pdq.com/licensing/

One license per admin, plain and simple.
Licensing is not based on managed computers, the number of PDQ consoles, where PDQ.com software is installed, shared credentials, or whether or not you only gain access through the command line (CLI).  The number of licenses you need is based solely on the number of living, breathing admins actually using the software. If you have three admins, you will need three licenses (sorry, no sharing).

We offer subscription-based licensing, so one license is good for a full year.

Frequently asked questions
Can I use your software free without licensing?
Can I try the software for free?
Can I extend my trial?
Do upgrades of PDQ.com software cost money?

Can I use your software free without licensing?
Definitely! All software running in Free mode is 100% free to use in any setting: commercial, government, educational, or criminal. (Well, maybe not that last one.)

Can I try the software for free?
Absolutely. We offer a 14-day free trial of Enterprise mode. Please note, PDQ Deploy trial is limited to your choice of any three (3) packages from the Package Library.

Can I extend my trial?
In most cases, yes. Please shoot us an email at [email protected] or call us at (801) 657-4657 to make a request.

Do upgrades of PDQ.com software cost money?
No. Free mode can be upgraded at any time. Licensed software includes all versions released during your subscription period. Any versions released outside your subscription period can still be upgraded; however, features will be lost without a current subscription.

Didn’t Answer Your Question?
If you have any additional questions about how our licensing works or how to get started, feel free to contact us! 

Email: [email protected]
Call: (801) 657-4657
Or, visit our support community to see if your question already has an answer!
md5: 9E5EA30D484A1158C8B72AFF39571386 | sha1: B6E3B4C08AFFEAB66335EBB51A19D5007A18B38E | sha256: 1617AF8EFA26FC0BAE37C18BD764AC1BF0F18E4F050890DAC6465FA94FDB7368 | sha512: 5F48F6ED631B811BA38F97006773B2B370459CBBACD577ED061D5753B87E166AB3DD947751EB1889439C9D5BFA79E0DBE47B41A07342D9E2BE43601DE874E0A4
Verification is intended to assist the Chocolatey moderators and community in verifying that this package's contents are trustworthy.

To verify the files using the author's download URL:

1. Please go to the author's download URL
2. Use Get-FileHash -Path <FILE TO VERIFY> to get the file hash value from both the downloaded file (from step 1 above) and the file from the package and compare them


checksum: 1617AF8EFA26FC0BAE37C18BD764AC1BF0F18E4F050890DAC6465FA94FDB7368
[CmdletBinding()] # Enables -Debug parameter for troubleshooting
param ()

# Set vars to the script and the parent path
$ScriptPath = Split-Path -Parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
$ParentPath = Split-Path -Parent $ScriptPath

# Import the UpdateChocolateyPackage function
. (Join-Path $ParentPath 'Chocolatey-Package-Updater.ps1')

# Create a hash table to store package information
$packageInfo = @{
    PackageName         = "pdq-deploy"                                               # Package name
    FileUrl             = "http://www2.adminarsenal.com/download-pdqdeploy"          # URL to download the file from
    FileDestinationPath = '.\tools\PDQ_Deploy_Setup.exe'                             # Path to move/rename the temporary file to (if EXE is distributed in package)

# Call the UpdateChocolateyPackage function and pass the hash table
UpdateChocolateyPackage @packageInfo

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

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).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.537 277 Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.526 524 Wednesday, March 6, 2024 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.520 998 Wednesday, February 7, 2024 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.488 2051 Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.472 690 Thursday, October 26, 2023 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.470 108 Thursday, October 19, 2023 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.446 841 Wednesday, September 13, 2023 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.409.0 3889 Friday, April 21, 2023 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 19.3.360.0 262 Thursday, December 29, 2022 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 1122 Monday, October 18, 2021 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Install) 1531 Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Trial) (Install) 491 Saturday, March 18, 2017 Approved
PDQ Deploy (Trial) (Install) 472 Monday, November 14, 2016 Approved

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