Creating Chocolatey Packages - TL;DR version

Here's a TL;DR quick start version of the package creating tutorial. Follow these steps to create a simple package.

Problem? Read the detailed version: Creating Chocolatey Packages


Quick start guide

Common Mistakes

Environmental Variables


Here are some simple examples. NOTE: This needs updated with checksums and newer package concepts. Please run choco new when creating packages as it contains all of the most up to date notes.

chocolateyInstall.ps1 for .exe installer

$name = 'Package Name'
$installerType = 'exe'
$url  = 'http://path/to/download/installer.exe'
$silentArgs = '/VERYSILENT'

Install-ChocolateyPackage $name $installerType $silentArgs $url

NOTE: You have to figure out the command line switch to make the installer silent, e.g. /VERYSILENT. This changes from installer to installer.

chocolateyInstall.ps1 for .msi installer

NOTE: Please maintain compatibility with Posh v2. Not every OS we support is on Posh v2 (nor comes OOB with Posh v3+). It's best to work with the widest compatibility of systems out there.

$packageName = 'Package Name'
$installerType = 'msi'
$url = 'http://path/to/download/installer_x86.msi'
$url64 = 'http://path/to/download/installer_x64.msi'
$silentArgs = '/quiet'
$validExitCodes = @(0,3010)

Install-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $installerType $silentArgs $url $url64  -validExitCodes $validExitCodes

Parsing Package Parameters

For a complete example of how you can use the PackageParameters argument of the choco install command, see this How-To.