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What is Chocolatey?

Chocolatey is a package manager for Windows (like apt-get or yum but for Windows). It was designed to be a decentralised framework for quickly installing applications and tools that you need. It is built on the NuGet infrastructure currently using Power-Shell as its focus for delivering packages from the distros to your door, err computer. –

I have been a Linux user for a number or years I love the package management systems. These allow you to just enter the name of the software you wish to install and the system would connect to the internet, download the software and install it.

Installing software on Windows was a whole different issue. I would keep a folder on my network and download all the software installers that I would use. I would always be downloading updates for the installers.

Recently I was introduced to Chocolatey, a package management type system for Windows. This acted liked apt-get on Debian, or yum on Fedora. Chocolatey is open source and community driven. All the package installers that Chocolatey uses are built by members of the community.

With Chocolatey installed, I no longer need to keep a folder of software installers. I simply install Chocolatey, Open a Command Prompt and tell Chocolatey to install the software I need.

You can find the guide for installing Chocolatey on our Wiki Page –

Categories: Windows