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Last Update:

25 Mar 2019

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Andrew Nosenko


sudo runas run shell command line powershell cmd admin administrator


1.0.2 | Updated: 25 Mar 2019



Downloads of v 1.0.2:



Software Author(s):

  • Andrew Nosenko

wsudo 1.0.2

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To install wsudo, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade wsudo, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall wsudo, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade wsudo -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade wsudo -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure wsudo installed
    name: wsudo
    state: present
    version: 1.0.2
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

Coming early 2020! Central Managment Reporting available now! More information...

chocolatey_package 'wsudo' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.0.2'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: wsudo,
    Version: 1.0.2,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller wsudo
   Name     = 'wsudo'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.0.2'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'wsudo':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.0.2',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install wsudo version="1.0.2" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

This package was approved by moderator Pauby on 29 Mar 2019.



wsudo is a Linux sudo-like tool for Windows to invoke a program with elevated rights (as Administrator) from a non-admin shell command prompt.
This implementation doesn't depend on the legacy Windows Script Host (CScript). Instead, it uses a helper PowerShell 5.1 script that invokes "Start-Process -Wait -Verb runAs ..." cmdlet. Your system most likely already has PowerShell 5.x installed, otherwise you'll be offered to install it as a dependency.


wsudo runs a program or an inline command with elevated rights in the current directory. Examples:

wsudo .\myAdminScript.bat
wsudox "del C:\Windows\Temp*.* && pause"
wasudo cup all -y
wasudox start notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

For more details, visit the GitHub repro.

@echo off
set wsudo_commandLine=%*
set wsudo_curDir=%CD%
powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -NoLogo -File "%~dp0.\wsudoexec.ps1" -detach -stayOpen -title %~n0 -action prepare
exit /b %ERRORLEVEL%
@echo off
set wsudo_commandLine=%*
set wsudo_curDir=%CD%
start /b powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -NoLogo -File "%~dp0.\wsudoexec.ps1" -detach -title %~n0 -action prepare
exit /b %ERRORLEVEL%
@echo off
set wsudo_commandLine=%*
set wsudo_curDir=%CD%
powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -NoLogo -File "%~dp0.\wsudoexec.ps1" -stayOpen -title %~n0 -action prepare
exit /b %ERRORLEVEL%
#Requires -Version 5.1

  [Parameter(Mandatory = $true)] [ValidateSet('prepare','run')] [string] $action,
  [string] $title,
  [string] $command,
  [switch] $stayOpen,
  [switch] $detach)

Set-StrictMode -Version Latest
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'

class CommandInfo {

switch($action) {
  'prepare' {
    # pack curDir, commandLine etc using JSON/base64 and re-launch itself as admin
    $commandInfo = [CommandInfo]::new()
    $commandInfo.comSpec = $env:ComSpec
    $commandInfo.commandLine = $env:wsudo_commandLine
    $commandInfo.curDir = $env:wsudo_curDir
    $commandInfo.title = $title
    $commandInfo.stayOpen = $stayOpen
    $commandInfoJson = ConvertTo-Json -Compress $commandInfo
    $commandInfoEncoded = [Convert]::ToBase64String([System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes($commandInfoJson))
    # get the powershell EXE name
    $powershell = [System.Diagnostics.Process]::GetCurrentProcess().MainModule.FileName
    $startProcessArgs = @{
      PassThru = $true
      FilePath = $powershell
      ArgumentList = @("-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -NoLogo -File $PSCommandPath", '-action run', "-command $commandInfoEncoded")
      Verb = 'runAs'
    $pi = Start-Process @startProcessArgs
    if ($detach) {
      # don't wait for the child proces to finish
      if ($pi.HasExited) {
        exit $pi.ExitCode
      else {
        exit 0
    else {
      exit $pi.ExitCode
  'run' {
    # unpack curDir, commandLine etc and run the command under CMD
    if (!$command) { 
      throw 'Must provide commandInfo.'

    $commandInfoJson = [System.Text.Encoding]::UTF8.GetString([System.Convert]::FromBase64String($command));
    $commandInfo = [CommandInfo](ConvertFrom-Json $commandInfoJson)

    if ($commandInfo.title) { 
      $host.ui.RawUI.WindowTitle = $commandInfo.title

    Set-Location $commandInfo.curDir
    $comSpecOpts = $(if ($commandInfo.stayOpen) { '/K' } else { '/C' })
    $startProcessArgs = @{
      PassThru = $true
      NoNewWindow = $true
      FilePath = $commandInfo.comSpec
      ArgumentList = @($comSpecOpts + $commandInfo.commandLine)
    $pi = Start-Process @startProcessArgs
    exit $pi.ExitCode
  default {
    throw 'Invalid action.'
@echo off
set wsudo_commandLine=%*
set wsudo_curDir=%CD%
powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -NoLogo -File "%~dp0.\wsudoexec.ps1" -title %~n0 -action prepare
exit /b %ERRORLEVEL%
Install-BinFile -Name 'wsudo' -Path '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wsudo.cmd'
Install-BinFile -Name 'wsudox' -Path '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wsudox.cmd'
Install-BinFile -Name 'wasudo' -Path '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wasudo.cmd' -UseStart
Install-BinFile -Name 'wasudox' -Path '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wasudox.cmd' -UseStart

Uninstall-BinFile 'wsudo' '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wsudo.cmd'
Uninstall-BinFile 'wsudox' '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wsudox.cmd'
Uninstall-BinFile 'wasudo' '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wasudo.cmd'
Uninstall-BinFile 'wasudox' '..\lib\wsudo\bin\wasudox.cmd'

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
wsudo 1.0.1 197 Thursday, February 28, 2019 Approved
wsudo 1.0.0 159 Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Approved

1.0.0 (Feb 12, 2019) - Initial release
1.0.1 (Feb 26, 2019) - Added wasudo/wasudox
1.0.2 (Mar 25, 2019) - Added -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -NoProfile -NoLogo PS options

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