Audacity Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Audacity from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Audacity Silently

Audacity Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the EXE to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  4. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  5. Enter the following command: audacity-win-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the Audacity Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Audacity
Vendor:Audacity Team
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:audacity-win-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Audacity\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Audacity\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:
PowerShell Script:

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download link provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.

Additional Configurations

Create an Installation Log File

The Audacity installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

Audacity Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

audacity-win-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Audacity-Install.log"

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Audacity installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switch to exclude it.

Audacity Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

audacity-win-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

Reset Preferences During Install

You can reset preferences to factory defaults by running the following command line switch during installation.

Audacity Silent Install (EXE) & Reset Preferences to Factory Defaults

audacity-win-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=resetprefs

Change Default Installation Directory

You can also change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing Audacity to “C:\Audacity”

audacity-win-x.y.z.exe /DIR="C:\Audacity" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

How to Uninstall Audacity Silently

Check out the Audacity Install and Uninstall (PowerShell) post for a scripted solution.

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter one of the following commands:

Audacity Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Audacity\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Audacity Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Audacity\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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