Chocolatey and Boxstarter: Setup Development Environment on Windows Like Never Before

How many times have you googled “jdk download windows”, then download, click, click, and click? You don’t have to be like this even if you are using Windows. Chocolatey and Boxstarter are gospel for Windows users. Below is just an example: One Command To Install Them All!

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cinst jdk8 jdk11 git intellijidea-community vscode nodejs everything f.lux -y

Install Chocolatey is super easy. Simply follow the instructions will do. Me usually choose the first option “install with cmd.exe(Run as Administrator)”, you just need to execute the command in the below, and you will get the Windows version apt-get:

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@"%SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -NoProfile -InputFormat None -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Command "iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET "PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin"

Wanna upgrade? choco upgrade chocolatey

You may explore 6161 community maintained packages and build your own toolkit scripts. I’ve found it to be super useful when I need to setup development environment in bunches of different computers in a short time without any mistake. As sometimes I just cannot reproduce some tricky bugs in my own laptop and have to investigate in end user’s computer.

You can be even happier using Boxstarter, it’s very straightforward and easy to use also.

Honestly speaking, I didn’t dive into these two tools deeply as I found the most frequently used commands would resolve my problem perfectly. If you use Windows as daily development environment, I highly recommend you to automate your setup process using them.

Yeah! Happy Coding! You may also access the gist created for this post.