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Chocolatey Reviews

The sane way to manage software on Windows.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about Chocolatey and what they use it for.
  • What's with GitHub, windows, and trying to make anything work?
    You can install things using the terminal using either winget or chocolatey. - Source: Reddit / 3 days ago
  • Remote software installation
    Does Syncro have a way to remotely install software (like from Choclately or is there a different integration Syncro offers? - Source: Reddit / 7 days ago
  • Randomly getting security warnings on every EXE download
    Maybe stop using Ninite? I much prefer Chocolatey myself: - Source: Reddit / 13 days ago
  • Things You Immediately Install On Your New PC Starter Pack
    One can also use Or and run choco upgrade all or use and run winget upgrade -u --all. - Source: Reddit / 14 days ago
  • What is the most useful website you’ve found that nobody knows about?
    Https:// is what the pros use. Free for single users. Has everything. - Source: Reddit / 16 days ago
  • Help, I borked my MiKTeX installation
    With chocolatey, an approach similar to the one in Linux became available to Windows. And as I just see today - thanks to your post, the project includes entries for MiKTeX, TeXMaker, and TeXStudio, too. - Source: Reddit / 27 days ago
  • Untapped.GG Companion App Issues - Support Is No Help
    Seems like but about a month ago you did something bad and since then it stopped working. Have you updated something ? Or changed the executing rights of some libraries ? You can use something like to check for individual updates to c++ libs. Have you updated your gpu drivers ? Have you set a restore point for before updating ? - Source: Reddit / 28 days ago
  • How do you manage more than 100 computers and servers?
    Https:// is an alternative to software management. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • How do I *actually* make my .exe file distributable?
    Consider package distribution system, like (I presume primary target is windows). - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Homebrew 4.0.0 release
    I'm using for almost everything beside Office and Affinity and it works really well, especially keeping all packages up to date is just a command away. win-get should do the job too, but I never had a reason to switch. Also WSL2 was a game changer for me, running Linux VMs is a breeze and it's already well integrated into Windows 10/11. - Source: Reddit / about 1 month ago
  • Debugging FreeRTOS with QEMU in VSCode
    a. On Windows, you can install 'make' using Chocolatey at the Command Prompt with this command: > choco install make. - Source: / about 1 month ago
  • Best agent-based patch management?
    We've been using Ninite Pro since 2017. It works great if it includes your software. I manage the rest via Intune. Thinking about switching to Chocolatey. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • I'm convinced half of you haven't even downloaded a Linux iso
    Keep in mind there is chocolatey for windows too. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Switched Back to Windows After a Year and a Half of Linux
    If you haven't already, you can use winget (probably installed already) and chocolatey on Windows. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • I have an idea for an application: automating the reinstallation of Microsoft Windows. You are interested?
    As for the software downloads on reinstall, services such as Ninite and Windows Remix can do this for you and require minimal effort to generate and download the standalone installer. Additional tools such as package managers could have quick scripts or one-liners set up to automate the use of them so they can install tons of up-to-date software similar to the likes of Ninite and Windows Remix. Some package... - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Safest software to download YT videos?
    All you have to do is go to youtube, or any other streaming website, let it detect the stream, copy the ffmpg/yt-dlp which is displayed by the addon, and paste it into your command prompt where ffmpg/yt-dlp is installed. I used chocolatey to install both of those and recommend you do the same. It installs them and creates a path so you can execute it from any directory,. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Ask HN: Programs that saved you 100 hours? (2022 edition)
    I don't use Windows that much, have used Ninite in the past, but these days I tend to use Chocolatey along with their GUI. - Source: Hacker News / 3 months ago
  • How to migrate user data and program settings?
    Thanks for chocolatey, at least this helps a little bit with bunch of programs that is not necessary to search and download separately (more linux-like features in Win would be nice in 2023). - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • Easy way to get updates of new releases?
    It's also available in Chocolatey and Scoop. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • is there a good guide on setting up sunshine?
    Worked straight out of the box for me by way of a Chocolatey install. Install the package, https://localhost:47990 from the server, set the credentials, pair the clients. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • How to get makefiles to work on Windows OS
    Install chocolatey and get "make" from there. - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago

External sources with reviews and comparisons of Chocolatey

Comparing Package Managers
Chocolatey is more established and easier to host a custom repository (plus it runs in the system context). The deployment of applications and especially updating is not as easy as some of the other options, but if cost is an issue, it’s always a safe bet (I tend to include it as standard on an AVD build and then use Azure Runbooks to deploy and update applications by querying a text file hosted on an Azure blob)....
5 Best Windows package manager to use via command line
Chocolatey works for both Windows 10 and 7, it released in 2011, thus it has been around for quite some time now. This makes it one of the largest online repository to download and install various open source and closed source software packages for Windows OS. It offers both community and enterprise solutions. The best thing, one can easily visit the official website of Chocolatey Windows Package Manager to search...
6 Best Windows Package Manager to Auto-Update Apps (2020)
The name sounds amusing but you better take this app seriously. Chocolatey has the largest app repository and it supports PowerShell, command line, and even GUI. You name it and Chocolatey has that app. To install, you just need to type the following in command prompt and hit enter.

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