Search Command (choco find)

Chocolatey will perform a search for a package local or remote.


    choco find <filter> [<options/switches>]
    choco search <filter> [<options/switches>]


    choco search git
    choco search git --source="'https://somewhere/out/there'"
    choco search bob -s "'https://somewhere/protected'" -u user -p pass
    choco search --page=0 --page-size=25
    choco search 7zip --all-versions --exact

:choco-info: NOTE

See scripting in how to pass arguments (choco -?) for how to write proper scripts and integrations.

Exit Codes

Exit codes that normally result from running this command.


  • 0: operation was successful, no issues detected
  • -1 or 1: an error has occurred


  • 0: operation was successful, no issues detected
  • -1 or 1: an error has occurred
  • 2: no results (enhanced)

:choco-info: NOTE

If you have the feature ‘useEnhancedExitCodes’ turned on, then choco will provide enhanced exit codes that allow better integration and scripting.

If you find other exit codes that we have not yet documented, please file a ticket so we can document it at

See It In Action

choco find

Alternative Sources

Options and Switches

:choco-info: NOTE

Options and switches apply to all items passed, so if you are running a command like install that allows installing multiple packages, and you use --version=1.0.0, it is going to look for and try to install version 1.0.0 of every package passed. So please split out multiple package calls when wanting to pass specific options.

Includes default options/switches (included below for completeness).

 -?, --help, -h
     Prints out the help menu.

     Online - Open help for specified command in default browser application. 
       This option only works when used in combintation with the -?/--help/-h 
       option.  Available in 2.0.0+

 -d, --debug
     Debug - Show debug messaging.

 -v, --verbose
     Verbose - Show verbose messaging. Very verbose messaging, avoid using 
       under normal circumstances.

     Trace - Show trace messaging. Very, very verbose trace messaging. Avoid 
       except when needing super low-level .NET Framework debugging.

     --nocolor, --no-color
     No Color - Do not show colorization in logging output. This overrides 
       the feature 'logWithoutColor', set to 'False'.

     --acceptlicense, --accept-license
     AcceptLicense - Accept license dialogs automatically. Reserved for 
       future use.

 -y, --yes, --confirm
     Confirm all prompts - Chooses affirmative answer instead of prompting. 
       Implies --accept-license

 -f, --force
     Force - force the behavior. Do not use force during normal operation - 
       it subverts some of the smart behavior for commands.

     --noop, --whatif, --what-if
     NoOp / WhatIf - Don't actually do anything.

 -r, --limitoutput, --limit-output
     LimitOutput - Limit the output to essential information

     --timeout, --execution-timeout=VALUE
     CommandExecutionTimeout (in seconds) - The time to allow a command to 
       finish before timing out. Overrides the default execution timeout in the 
       configuration of 2700 seconds. Supply '0' to disable the timeout.

 -c, --cache, --cachelocation, --cache-location=VALUE
     CacheLocation - Location for download cache, defaults to %TEMP% or value 
       in chocolatey.config file.

     --allowunofficial, --allow-unofficial, --allowunofficialbuild, --allow-unofficial-build
     AllowUnofficialBuild - When not using the official build you must set 
       this flag for choco to continue.

     --failstderr, --failonstderr, --fail-on-stderr, --fail-on-standard-error, --fail-on-error-output
     FailOnStandardError - Fail on standard error output (stderr), typically 
       received when running external commands during install providers. This 
       overrides the feature failOnStandardError.

     UseSystemPowerShell - Execute PowerShell using an external process 
       instead of the built-in PowerShell host. Should only be used when 
       internal host is failing.

     Do Not Show Progress - Do not show download progress percentages.

     Proxy Location - Explicit proxy location. Overrides the default proxy 
       location of ''.

     Proxy User Name - Explicit proxy user (optional). Requires explicit 
       proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides the default proxy user of 

     Proxy Password - Explicit proxy password (optional) to be used with user 
       name. Encrypted. Requires explicit proxy (`--proxy` or config setting) 
       and user name (`--proxy-user` or config setting).  Overrides the default 
       proxy password.

     ProxyBypassList - Comma separated list of regex locations to bypass on 
       proxy. Requires explicit proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides 
       the default proxy bypass list of ''.

     Proxy Bypass On Local - Bypass proxy for local connections. Requires 
       explicit proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides the default 
       proxy bypass on local setting of 'True'.

     Log File to output to in addition to regular loggers.

     --skipcompatibilitychecks, --skip-compatibility-checks
     SkipCompatibilityChecks - Prevent warnings being shown before and after 
       command execution when a runtime compatibility problem is found between 
       the version of Chocolatey and the Chocolatey Licensed Extension. 
       Available in 1.1.0+

     IgnoreHttpCache - Ignore any HTTP caches that have previously been 
       created when querying sources, and create new caches. Available in 2.1.0+

 -s, --source=VALUE
     Source - Source location for install. Can use special 'windowsfeatures', 
       'ruby', 'cygwin', or 'python' sources. Defaults to sources.

     --idonly, --id-only
     Id Only - Only return Package Ids in the list results.

     --pre, --prerelease
     Prerelease - Include Prereleases? Defaults to false.

 -i, --includeprograms, --include-programs
     IncludePrograms - Filters out apps Chocolatey has listed as packages and 
       includes those in the list. Defaults to false.

 -a, --all, --allversions, --all-versions
     AllVersions - include results from all versions.

     Version - Specific version of a package to return.

 -u, --user=VALUE
     User - used with authenticated feeds. Defaults to empty.

 -p, --password=VALUE
     Password - the user's password to the source. Defaults to empty.

     Client certificate - PFX pathname for an x509 authenticated feeds. 
       Defaults to empty.

     --cp, --certpassword=VALUE
     Certificate Password - the client certificate's password to the source. 
       Defaults to empty.

     Page - the 'page' of results to return. Defaults to return all results.

     Page Size - the amount of packages to return in each page of results. 
       NOTE: this value is per source. Defaults to 25 for each source that is 
       included in query.

 -e, --exact
     Exact - Only return packages with this exact name.

     ByIdOnly - Only return packages where the id contains the search filter.

     --by-tag-only, --by-tags-only
     ByTagOnly - Only return packages where the search filter matches on the 

     IdStartsWith - Only return packages where the id starts with the search 

     OrderByPopularity - Sort by package results by popularity.

     ApprovedOnly - Only return approved packages - this option will filter 
       out results not from the [community repository](

     --download-cache, --download-cache-only
     DownloadCacheAvailable - Only return packages that have a download cache 
       available - this option will filter out results not from the community 

     NotBroken - Only return packages that are not failing testing - this 
       option only filters out failing results from the [community feed]( It will 
       not filter against other sources.

     --detail, --detailed
     Detailed - Alias for verbose.

     --disable-repository-optimizations, --disable-package-repository-optimizations
     Disable Package Repository Optimizations - Do not use optimizations for 
       reducing bandwidth with repository queries during package 
       install/upgrade/outdated operations. Should not generally be used, 
       unless a repository needs to support older methods of query. When 
       disabled, this makes queries similar to the way they were done in 
       earlier versions of Chocolatey. Overrides the default feature 
       'usePackageRepositoryOptimizations' set to 'True'.

     Include Configured Sources - When using the '--source' option, this 
       appends the sources that have been saved into the chocolatey.config file 
       by 'source' command.  Available in 2.3.0+

     --use-self-service, --force-self-service
     Force the command to be handled through the self-service when not 
       configured to allow this command. This option requires the features for 
       self-service and self-service command override to be enabled. Business 
       editions only (licensed version 5.0.0+).

Command Reference

:choco-info: NOTE

This documentation has been automatically generated from choco find -h.