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Original author(s)Chocolatey Software, Inc.
Developer(s)Chocolatey Software, Inc.
Initial release23 March 2011; 12 years ago (2011-03-23)
Stable release
1.3.0[1] / 16 February 2023; 39 days ago (2023-02-16)
Written inC#
Operating systemWindows 7 / Windows Server 2008R2 and later
TypePackage management system
LicenseApache License 2.0[2] Edit this at Wikidata

Chocolatey[3] is a machine-level, command-line package manager and installer for software on Microsoft Windows. It uses the NuGet packaging infrastructure and Windows PowerShell to simplify the process of downloading and installing software.[4]

The name is an extension on a pun of NuGet (from "nougat") "because everyone loves Chocolatey nougat".[5]

Many Windows developers recommend that Windows developers install both Chocolatey and Scoop.[6][7]

Compatible package manager[edit]

In April 2014, Microsoft debuted OneGet (renamed PackageManagement on March 20, 2015) alongside PowerShell 5. It is a free and open-source package-provider manager, which provides a way to integrate other package managers into PowerShell. OneGet was pre-configured to browse the Chocolatey repository.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chocolatey 1.3.0 release page".
  2. ^ "Chocolatey license". 14 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Chocolatey Gallery". Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ Hanselman, Scott, "Is the Windows user ready for apt-get?", Hanselman, Scott, 28 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Where Chocolatey Comes From",, 25 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  6. ^ Jonathan Bowman, "Chocolatey vs. Scoop: Package Managers for Windows", 2020
  7. ^ James Walker, "Scoop or Chocolatey? Which Windows 10 package manager should you use?", 2019.
  8. ^ Snover, Jeffrey, "Windows Management Framework V5 Preview", Microsoft TechNet Windows Server Blog, 3 April 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  9. ^ Hoffman, Chris. "How to Use PackageManagement (aka OneGet) on Windows 10". How-To Geek. Retrieved 2020-11-12.

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