chocolatey.chocolatey.win_chocolatey module – Manage packages using chocolatey

Note

This module is part of the chocolatey.chocolatey collection (version 1.2.0).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install chocolatey.chocolatey.

To use it in a playbook, specify: chocolatey.chocolatey.win_chocolatey.

New in version 0.1.9: of chocolatey.chocolatey

Synopsis

  • Manage packages using Chocolatey.

  • If Chocolatey is missing from the system, the module will install it.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • chocolatey >= 0.10.5 (will be upgraded if older)

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

allow_empty_checksums

boolean

added in 0.2.2 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Allow empty checksums to be used for downloaded resource from non-secure locations.

Use M(win_chocolatey_feature) with the name allowEmptyChecksums to control this option globally.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

allow_multiple

boolean

added in 0.2.8 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Allow the installation of multiple packages when version is specified.

Having multiple packages at different versions can cause issues if the package doesn’t support this. Use at your own risk.

The value of this parameter is ignored if state is absent. Instead, this parameter is automatically configured to remove all versions if version is not specified, and the specific version only if version is specified.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

allow_prerelease

boolean

added in 0.2.6 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Allow the installation of pre-release packages.

If state is latest, the latest pre-release package will be installed.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

architecture

string

added in 0.2.7 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Force Chocolatey to install the package of a specific process architecture.

When setting x86, will ensure Chocolatey installs the x86 package even when on an x64 bit OS.

Choices:

  • default ← (default)

  • x86

choco_args

aliases: licensed_args

list / elements=string

added in 1.2.0 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Additional parameters to pass to choco.exe

These may be any additional parameters to pass through directly to Chocolatey, in addition to the arguments already specified via other parameters.

This may be used to pass licensed options to Chocolatey, for example --package-parameters-sensitive or --install-directory.

Passing licensed options may result in them being ignored or causing errors if the targeted node is unlicensed or missing the chocolatey.extension package.

force

boolean

Forces the install of a package, even if it already is installed.

Using force will cause Ansible to always report that a change was made.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

ignore_checksums

boolean

added in 0.2.2 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Ignore the checksums provided by the package.

Use M(win_chocolatey_feature) with the name checksumFiles to control this option globally.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

ignore_dependencies

boolean

added in 0.2.1 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Ignore dependencies, only install/upgrade the package itself.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

install_args

string

added in 0.2.1 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Arguments to pass to the native installer.

These are arguments that are passed directly to the installer the Chocolatey package runs, this is generally an advanced option.

name

list / elements=string / required

Name of the package(s) to be installed.

Set to all to run the action on all the installed packages.

override_args

boolean

added in 0.2.10 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Override arguments of native installer with arguments provided by user.

Should install arguments be used exclusively without appending to current package passed arguments.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

package_params

aliases: params

string

added in 0.2.1 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Parameters to pass to the package.

These are parameters specific to the Chocolatey package and are generally documented by the package itself.

Before Ansible 2.7, this option was just params.

pinned

boolean

added in 0.2.8 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Whether to pin the Chocolatey package or not.

If omitted then no checks on package pins are done.

Will pin/unpin the specific version if version is set.

Will pin the latest version of a package if yes, version is not set and and no pin already exists.

Will unpin all versions of a package if no and version is not set.

This is ignored when state=absent.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes

proxy_password

string

added in 0.2.4 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Proxy password used to install Chocolatey and the package.

This value is exposed as a command argument and any privileged account can see this value when the module is running Chocolatey, define the password on the global config level with M(win_chocolatey_config) with name proxyPassword to avoid this.

proxy_url

string

added in 0.2.4 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Proxy URL used to install chocolatey and the package.

Use M(win_chocolatey_config) with the name proxy to control this option globally.

proxy_username

string

added in 0.2.4 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Proxy username used to install Chocolatey and the package.

Before Ansible 2.7, users with double quote characters " would need to be escaped with \ beforehand. This is no longer necessary.

Use M(win_chocolatey_config) with the name proxyUser to control this option globally.

remove_dependencies

boolean

added in 1.1.0 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Remove a package’s dependencies on uninstall.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

skip_scripts

boolean

added in 0.2.4 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Do not run chocolateyInstall.ps1 or chocolateyUninstall.ps1 scripts when installing a package.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

source

string

Specify the source to retrieve the package from.

Use M(win_chocolatey_source) to manage global sources.

This value can either be the URL to a Chocolatey feed, a path to a folder containing .nupkg packages or the name of a source defined by M(win_chocolatey_source).

This value is also used when Chocolatey is not installed as the location of the install.ps1 script and only supports URLs for this case.

source_password

string

added in 0.2.7 of chocolatey.chocolatey

The password for source_username.

This value is exposed as a command argument and any privileged account can see this value when the module is running Chocolatey, define the credentials with a source with M(win_chocolatey_source) to avoid this.

source_username

string

added in 0.2.7 of chocolatey.chocolatey

A username to use with source when accessing a feed that requires authentication.

It is recommended you define the credentials on a source with M(win_chocolatey_source) instead of passing it per task.

state

string

State of the package on the system.

When absent, will ensure the package is not installed.

When present, will ensure the package is installed.

When downgrade, will allow Chocolatey to downgrade a package if version is older than the installed version.

When latest or upgrade, will ensure the package is installed to the latest available version.

When reinstalled, will uninstall and reinstall the package.

Choices:

  • absent

  • downgrade

  • upgrade

  • latest

  • present ← (default)

  • reinstalled

timeout

aliases: execution_timeout

integer

added in 0.2.3 of chocolatey.chocolatey

The time to allow chocolatey to finish before timing out.

Default: 2700

validate_certs

boolean

added in 0.2.7 of chocolatey.chocolatey

Used when downloading the Chocolatey install script if Chocolatey is not already installed, this does not affect the Chocolatey package install process.

When no, no SSL certificates will be validated.

This should only be used on personally controlled sites using self-signed certificate.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

version

string

Specific version of the package to be installed.

When state is set to absent, will uninstall the specific version otherwise all versions of that package will be removed.

When state is set to present and the package is already installed at a version that does not match, this task fails.

If a different version of package is already installed, state must be latest, upgrade, or downgrade, or force must be set to yes to install the desired version.

Provide as a string (e.g. '6.1'), otherwise it is considered to be a floating-point number and depending on the locale could become 6,1, which will cause a failure.

If name is set to chocolatey and Chocolatey is not installed on the host, this will be the version of Chocolatey that is installed. You can also set the chocolateyVersion environment var.

Notes

Note

  • This module will install or upgrade Chocolatey when needed.

  • When using verbosity 2 or less (-vv) the stdout output will be restricted. When using verbosity 4 (-vvvv) the stdout output will be more verbose. When using verbosity 5 (-vvvvv) the stdout output will include debug output.

  • Some packages, like hotfixes or updates need an interactive user logon in order to install. You can use become to achieve this, see Become and Windows. Even if you are connecting as local Administrator, using become to become Administrator will give you an interactive user logon, see examples below.

  • If become is unavailable, use M(win_hotfix) to install hotfixes instead of M(win_chocolatey) as M(win_hotfix) avoids using wusa.exe which cannot be run without become.

See Also

See also

M(win_chocolatey_config)

The official documentation on the win_chocolatey_config module.

M(win_chocolatey_facts)

The official documentation on the win_chocolatey_facts module.

M(win_chocolatey_feature)

The official documentation on the win_chocolatey_feature module.

M(win_chocolatey_source)

The official documentation on the win_chocolatey_source module.

M(win_feature)

The official documentation on the win_feature module.

M(win_hotfix)

Use when become is unavailable, to avoid using wusa.exe.

M(win_package)

The official documentation on the win_package module.

M(win_updates)

The official documentation on the win_updates module.

Chocolatey website

More information about the Chocolatey tool.

Chocolatey packages

An overview of the available Chocolatey packages.

Become and Windows

Some packages, like hotfixes or updates need an interactive user logon in order to install. You can use become to achieve this.

Examples

- name: Install git
  win_chocolatey:
    name: git
    state: present

- name: Upgrade installed packages
  win_chocolatey:
    name: all
    state: latest

- name: Install notepadplusplus version 6.6
  win_chocolatey:
    name: notepadplusplus
    version: '6.6'

- name: Install notepadplusplus 32 bit version
  win_chocolatey:
    name: notepadplusplus
    architecture: x86

- name: Install git from specified repository
  win_chocolatey:
    name: git
    source: https://someserver/api/v2/

- name: Install git from a pre configured source (win_chocolatey_source)
  win_chocolatey:
    name: git
    source: internal_repo

- name: Ensure Chocolatey itself is installed and use internal repo as source
  win_chocolatey:
    name: chocolatey
    source: http://someserver/chocolatey

- name: Uninstall git
  win_chocolatey:
    name: git
    state: absent

- name: Install multiple packages
  win_chocolatey:
    name:
    - procexp
    - putty
    - windirstat
    state: present

- name: Install multiple packages sequentially
  win_chocolatey:
    name: '{{ item }}'
    state: present
  loop:
  - procexp
  - putty
  - windirstat

- name: Uninstall multiple packages
  win_chocolatey:
    name:
    - procexp
    - putty
    - windirstat
    state: absent

- name: Uninstall a package and dependencies
  win_chocolatey:
    name: audacity-lame
    remove_dependencies: yes
    state: absent

- name: Install curl using proxy
  win_chocolatey:
    name: curl
    proxy_url: http://proxy-server:8080/
    proxy_username: joe
    proxy_password: [email protected]

- name: Install a package that requires 'become'
  win_chocolatey:
    name: officepro2013
  become: yes
  become_user: Administrator
  become_method: runas

- name: install and pin Notepad++ at 7.6.3
  win_chocolatey:
    name: notepadplusplus
    version: 7.6.3
    pinned: yes
    state: present

- name: remove all pins for Notepad++ on all versions
  win_chocolatey:
    name: notepadplusplus
    pinned: no
    state: present

- name: install a package with options that require licensed edition
  win_chocolatey:
    name: foo
    state: present
    choco_args:
    - --skip-download-cache
    - --package-parameters-sensitive
    - '/Password=SecretPassword'

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key

Description

command

string

The full command used in the chocolatey task.

Returned: changed

Sample: “choco.exe install -r –no-progress -y sysinternals –timeout 2700 –failonunfound”

rc

integer

The return code from the chocolatey task.

Returned: always

Sample: 0

stdout

string

The stdout from the chocolatey task. The verbosity level of the messages are affected by Ansible verbosity setting, see notes for more details.

Returned: changed

Sample: “Chocolatey upgraded 1/1 packages.”

Authors

  • Trond Hindenes (@trondhindenes)

  • Peter Mounce (@petemounce)

  • Pepe Barbe (@elventear)

  • Adam Keech (@smadam813)

  • Pierre Templier (@ptemplier)

  • Jordan Borean (@jborean93)