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Last Update:

19 Apr 2015

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Software Author(s):

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5.3.0 | Updated: 19 Apr 2015



Downloads of v 5.3.0:



Software Author(s):

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Xdel 5.3.0

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

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


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


To uninstall Xdel, 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 xdel -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 xdel -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 xdel
    name: xdel
    version: '5.3.0'
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'xdel' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '5.3.0'

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller xdel
    Name     = "xdel"
    Version  = "5.3.0"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'xdel':
  ensure   => '5.3.0',
  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 ferventcoder on 21 Dec 2015.


The NTFS filesystem of NT4/W2K/WXP supports the junction/symbolic link functionality. Deleting subdirectories recursivley can be done by various of tools, but only xdel is aware of junctions/symbolic link, and instead of crawling recursivley down a junction/symbolic link, xdel simply unlinks the junction/symbolic link, and so does no harm to contents chained into a hierarchy via junctions/symbolic link.

Furthermore xdel.exe properly deletes very long pathnames with more than 256 characters.


xdel.exe is a typical command line utility.

Recursivly delete directory hierarchies. e.g.:

xdel x:\dir\dir2

In the above example the directories and files below x:\dir\dir2 are deleted.

$packageName = 'xdel'
$url = ''
$checksum = 'f69972986d53529feaa1f529de415465724e3eff'
$checksumType = 'sha1'
$url64 = ''
$checksum64 = '382f8684ce9a1b6e97fea8c559891e5a53d88371'
$checksumType64 = 'sha1'
$toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                             -Url "$url" `
                             -UnzipLocation "$toolsDir" `
                             -Url64bit "$url64" `
                             -Checksum "$checksum" `
                             -ChecksumType "$checksumType" `
                             -Checksum64 "$checksum64" `
                             -ChecksumType64 "$checksumType64"

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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


  • Stable: The 5.3 version is stable enough to satisfy most needs.
  • No development: Currently no development activity on this utility.
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