Bring command line package management to Windows with Chocolatey [Windows]

Are you a fan of Linux, and its incredibly easy to use Terminal-based package management? Installing programs on Linux is as easy as a single command. With Chocolatey, you can bring that easy installation to your Windows computer.

With Chocolatey, you just run a few commands:

  • clist [program name]. This searches for an app, and lists all packages that match the search term.
  • cinst [packagename]. This installs a package, such as any returned by clist.
  • cuninst [packagename]. This uninstalls programs.
  • More! You can view the complete reference on Github.

There are currently 368 packages on Chocolatey. You can install anything from Chocolatey updates to 7-zip, and anything in between. While it’s still mostly developer-centric apps, Chocolatey has a healthy collection, and its bringing something similar to apt-get to Windows is quite nice.

To install Chocolatey, just open up a Command Prompt and run this command:

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

Price: Free!

Version Discovered: v0.9.8.19

Supported OS: Windows unknown

Download size: unknown

VirusTotal malware scan results: N/A — no “installer”

Portability: Requires installation

Chocolatey homepage

[via Lifehacker]

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