List/Search Command (choco search)

Chocolatey will perform a search for a package local or remote. Some may prefer to use clist as a shortcut for choco list.

📝 NOTE 100% compatible with older Chocolatey client (0.9.8.x and below) with options and switches. In most cases you can still pass options and switches with one dash (-). For more details, see how to pass arguments (choco -?).

Usage

choco search <filter> [<options/switches>]
choco list <filter> [<options/switches>]
clist <filter> [<options/switches>]

Examples

choco list --local-only
choco list -li
choco list -lai
choco list --page=0 --page-size=25
choco search git
choco search git --source="'https://somewhere/out/there'"
choco search bob -s "'https://somewhere/protected'" -u user -p pass

📝 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.

Normal:

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

Enhanced:

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

📝 NOTE Starting in v0.10.12, 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 https://github.com/chocolatey/choco/issues/new/choose.

See It In Action

choco search

Alternative Sources

Available in 0.9.10+.

WebPI

This specifies the source is Web PI (Web Platform Installer) and that we are searching for a WebPI product, such as IISExpress. If you do not have the Web PI command line installed, it will install that first and then perform the search requested. e.g. choco list --source webpi

Windows Features

This specifies that the source is a Windows Feature and we should install via the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool (DISM) on the local machine. e.g. choco list --source windowsfeatures

Options and Switches

📝 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.

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

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

     --trace
     Trace - Show trace messaging. Very, very verbose trace messaging. Avoid 
       except when needing super low-level .NET Framework debugging. Available 
       in 0.10.4+.

     --nocolor, --no-color
     No Color - Do not show colorization in logging output. This overrides 
       the feature 'logWithoutColor', set to 'False'. Available in 0.10.9+.

     --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. '0' for infinite starting in 0.10.4.

 -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.

     --use-system-powershell
     UseSystemPowerShell - Execute PowerShell using an external process 
       instead of the built-in PowerShell host. Should only be used when 
       internal host is failing. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --no-progress
     Do Not Show Progress - Do not show download progress percentages. 
       Available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy=VALUE
     Proxy Location - Explicit proxy location. Overrides the default proxy 
       location of ''. Available for config settings in 0.9.9.9+, this CLI 
       option available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-user=VALUE
     Proxy User Name - Explicit proxy user (optional). Requires explicit 
       proxy (`--proxy` or config setting). Overrides the default proxy user of 
       ''. Available for config settings in 0.9.9.9+, this CLI option available 
       in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-password=VALUE
     Proxy Password - Explicit proxy password (optional) to be used with 
       username. Requires explicit proxy (`--proxy` or config setting) and user 
       name.  Overrides the default proxy password (encrypted in settings if 
       set). Available for config settings in 0.9.9.9+, this CLI option 
       available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-bypass-list=VALUE
     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 ''. Available in 0.10.4+.

     --proxy-bypass-on-local
     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'. Available in 0.10.4+.

     --log-file=VALUE
     Log File to output to in addition to regular loggers. Available in 0.1-
       0.8+.

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

 -l, --lo, --local, --localonly, --local-only
     LocalOnly - Only search against local machine items.

     --idonly, --id-only
     Id Only - Only return Package Ids in the list results. Available in 0.1-
       0.6+.

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

 -i, --includeprograms, --include-programs
     IncludePrograms - Used in conjunction with LocalOnly, 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=VALUE
     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.

     --cert=VALUE
     Client certificate - PFX pathname for an x509 authenticated feeds. 
       Defaults to empty. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --cp, --certpassword=VALUE
     Certificate Password - the client certificate's password to the source. 
       Defaults to empty. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --page=VALUE
     Page - the 'page' of results to return. Defaults to return all results. 
       Available in 0.9.10+.

     --page-size=VALUE
     Page Size - the amount of package results to return per page. Defaults 
       to 25. Available in 0.9.10+.

 -e, --exact
     Exact - Only return packages with this exact name. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --by-id-only
     ByIdOnly - Only return packages where the id contains the search filter. 
       Available in 0.9.10+.

     --by-tag-only, --by-tags-only
     ByTagOnly - Only return packages where the search filter matches on the 
       tags. Available in 0.10.6+.

     --id-starts-with
     IdStartsWith - Only return packages where the id starts with the search 
       filter. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --order-by-popularity
     OrderByPopularity - Sort by package results by popularity. Available in 
       0.9.10+.

     --approved-only
     ApprovedOnly - Only return approved packages - this option will filter 
       out results not from the [community repository](https://community.chocolatey.org/packages). Available in 0.9.10+.

     --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 
       repository. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --not-broken
     NotBroken - Only return packages that are not failing testing - this 
       option only filters out failing results from the [community feed](https://community.chocolatey.org/packages). It will 
       not filter against other sources. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --detail, --detailed
     Detailed - Alias for verbose. Available in 0.9.10+.

     --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 
       Chocolatey v0.10.11 and before. Overrides the default feature 
       'usePackageRepositoryOptimizations' set to 'True'. Available in 0.10.14+.

     --audit, --showaudit, --show-audit, --show-audit-info
     Show Audit Information - Display auditing information for a package. 
       Available in business editions 1.12.0+. 

Command Reference

📝 NOTE This documentation has been automatically generated from choco search -h.