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Downloads of v 1.14.1:


Last Update:

10 Jun 2024

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • SUSE


rancher-desktop kubernetes k8s rancher desktop

Rancher Desktop

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1.14.1 | Updated: 10 Jun 2024



Downloads of v 1.14.1:



Software Author(s):

  • SUSE

Rancher Desktop 1.14.1

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

Requires reboot


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install Rancher Desktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Rancher Desktop, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Rancher Desktop, 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 rancher-desktop -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 rancher-desktop -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 rancher-desktop
    name: rancher-desktop
    version: '1.14.1'
    state: present

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

chocolatey_package 'rancher-desktop' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '1.14.1'

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

cChocoPackageInstaller rancher-desktop
    Name     = "rancher-desktop"
    Version  = "1.14.1"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

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

package { 'rancher-desktop':
  ensure   => '1.14.1',
  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.


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Package Approved

This package was approved as a trusted package on 10 Jun 2024.



Rancher Desktop requires the following on Windows:

  • Windows 10 build 1909 or higher. The Home edition is supported.
  • Running on a machine with virtualization capabilities.
  • Persistent internet connection.

Rancher Desktop requires Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows; this will automatically be installed as part of the Rancher Desktop setup. Manually downloading a distribution is not necessary.

It is also recommended to have:

  • 8 GB of memory
  • 4 CPU

Additional resources may be required depending on the workloads you plan to run.

Note: You can use Rancher Desktop as a Non-Admin user on a Windows machine. However, an Admin's intervention is required during the installation process for the below components.

  • WSL2 - You need Admin privileges to install WSL2, which is an essential component of Rancher Desktop.
  • Rancher Desktop Privileged Service - You need Admin privileges to install the Rancher Desktop privileged service, which is required to expose applications/services, running inside containers, on all interfaces on the host machine. However, you can skip the installation of the Rancher Desktop Privileged Service with the limitation that you will not be able to expose applications/services on any interface except

Kubernetes and Container Management on the Desktop

Rancher Desktop runs Kubernetes and container management on your desktop. You can choose the version of Kubernetes you want to run. You can build, push, pull, and run container images using either containerd or Moby (dockerd). The container images you build can be run by Kubernetes immediately without the need for a registry.

Container Management

Container management to build, push, and pull images and run containers. It uses the same container runtime as Kubernetes. Built images are immediately available to use in your local workloads without any pushing, pulling, or copying.

Kubernetes Made Simple

Getting started with Kubernetes on your desktop can be a project. Especially if you want to match the version of Kubernetes you run locally to the one you run in production. Rancher Desktop makes it as easy as setting a preference.

Built On Proven Projects

Rancher Desktop leverages proven projects to do the dirty work. That includes Moby, containerd, k3s, kubectl, and more. These projects have demonstrated themselves as trustworthy and provide a foundation you can trust.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
$url = 'https://github.com/rancher-sandbox/rancher-desktop/releases/download/v1.14.1/Rancher.Desktop.Setup.1.14.1.msi'

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName    = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  fileType       = 'MSI'
  url            = $url
  softwareName   = 'Rancher Desktop*'
  checksum       = '027f403e50668a3b05f17a70be560b89de996c844aa50348476e7f679763f5ef'
  checksumType   = 'sha256'
  silentArgs     = "/qn /norestart /l*v `"$($env:TEMP)\$($packageName).$($env:chocolateyPackageVersion).MsiInstall.log`""
  validExitCodes = @(0, 3010, 1641)

Install-ChocolateyPackage @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).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Rancher Desktop 1.13.1 3377 Friday, April 5, 2024 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.13.0 1651 Friday, March 15, 2024 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.12.3 2368 Tuesday, February 6, 2024 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.12.1 1117 Tuesday, January 16, 2024 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.10.0 3277 Monday, September 18, 2023 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.9.1 1367 Wednesday, August 9, 2023 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.8.1 8976 Friday, April 7, 2023 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.7.0 4318 Thursday, January 5, 2023 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.6.2 1003 Tuesday, November 29, 2022 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.5.1 1817 Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.4.1 630 Friday, June 17, 2022 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.3.0 286 Thursday, May 5, 2022 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.2.1 131 Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Approved
Rancher Desktop 1.1.1 158 Monday, March 7, 2022 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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