EnergyPlus Silent Install (How-To Guide)


EnergyPlus is a whole building energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model both energy consumption—for heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and plug and process loads—and water use in buildings. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of EnergyPlus from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install EnergyPlus Silently

EnergyPlus 32-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://energyplus.net/downloads
  2. Select the Windows (x32) download link
  3. Download the EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-i386.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command:
EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-i386.exe install --auto-answer installationErrorWithCancel=Ignore --accept-licenses --confirm-command

After a few moments you will find EnergyPlus entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:EnergyPlus
Vendor:US Department of Energy
Version:9.5.0 & Newer
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-i386.exe install --auto-answer installationErrorWithCancel=Ignore --accept-licenses --confirm-command
Silent Uninstall Switch:"C:\EnergyPlusVx-y-z\maintenancetool.exe" purge --confirm-command
Download Link:https://energyplus.net/downloads
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/energyplus-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

EnergyPlus 64-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://energyplus.net/downloads
  2. Select the Windows (x64) download link
  3. Download the EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-x86_64.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command:
EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-x86_64.exe install --auto-answer installationErrorWithCancel=Ignore --accept-licenses --confirm-command

After a few moments you will find EnergyPlus entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:EnergyPlus
Vendor:US Department of Energy
Version:9.5.0 & Newer
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-x86_64.exe install --auto-answer installationErrorWithCancel=Ignore --accept-licenses --confirm-command
Silent Uninstall Switch:"C:\EnergyPlusVx-y-z\maintenancetool.exe" purge --confirm-command
Download Link:https://energyplus.net/downloads
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/energyplus-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

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


Additional Configurations

Change the EnergyPlus Default Installation Directory

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

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EnergyPlus-x.y.z-Windows-x86_64.exe install --root C:\EnergyPlus --auto-answer installationErrorWithCancel=Ignore --accept-licenses --confirm-command

How to Uninstall EnergyPlus Silently

Check out the EnergyPlus 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 the following command:

EnergyPlus Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"C:\EnergyPlusVx-y-z\maintenancetool.exe" purge --confirm-command

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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