Chocolatey Attempts Debian Style Package Management In Windows


Yeah, we know.  It reads like a premature April Fool’s headline, which is something we’re pretty good at.  But this is a real thing.  Chocolatey allows users to install applications in the fastest way possible — sort of — by typing a simple command; not entirely unlike apt-get.  So, how does it work?  Well, Chocolatey describes this accomplishment as a “full-on double rainbow”, but what it really is is something completely different from apt-get, yum, or whatever else.  Chocolately does not install libraries of manage system dependencies.  In fact, it seems more like a glorified version of wget.  Take the Skype package for instance.  Chocolately Skype package is just a simple script that downloads Skype from it’s homepage and executes the installer.  So much for being on the fast-track…  But even still, this is a better solution than having to manually go to the Skype homepage.


Super-simple.  Chocolatey offers a single command that can be pasted in either the Windows command prompt or the more versatile Power Shell.  Here it is.

@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString(''))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%systemdrive%\chocolatey\bin

Will your mileage vary?  Perhaps.  We’re not exactly what you would call Windows experts — which is probably obvious if you’ve been following us — so we’d love for you to report back any success or failure.  We haven’t tried it.  But the prospect is compelling enough to at least report on.

The Numbers

Chocolatey keeps a running tab on total number of downloads, packages, etc.  These numbers are not necessarily impressive, but considering the nature of the software and it’s intentions, it looks like it’s already made a big splash.  Here is a birds-eye view.

  • Unique Packages – 746
  • Total Packages – 1967
  • Total Downloads – 352,744

Chocolatey is FOSS and its source is available, naturally, on github.

Homepage | Chocolatey NuGet (clever)

Source code | github



About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.