Freeplane Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Freeplane is a free, open source software application for creating mind maps and electronic outlines. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Freeplane from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Freeplane Silently

Freeplane Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freeplane/files/latest/download
  2. Download the Freeplane-Setup-x.y.z.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: Freeplane-Setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Freeplane
Vendor:Open Source
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:Freeplane-Setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\Freeplane\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://sourceforge.net/projects/freeplane/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/freeplane-install-and-uninstall-powershell/
Detection Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/create-a-custom-detection-script-for-freeplane-powershell/

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 a Freeplane Installation Log File

The Freeplane 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.

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Freeplane Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

Freeplane-Setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Freeplane-Install.log"

Exclude the Freeplane Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Freeplane installer includes a desktop shortcut by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcut included during installation, then you can run the following command line switch.

Freeplane Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

Freeplane-Setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

Change the Freeplane Default Installation Directory

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

Freeplane-Setup-x.y.z.exe /DIR="C:\Freeplane" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

How to Uninstall Freeplane Silently

Check out the following posts for a scripted solution:

Freeplane Install and Uninstall (PowerShell)
Freeplane Silent Uninstall (PowerShell)
  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:

Freeplane Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\Freeplane\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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