GIMP 2.8 Silent Install (How-To Guide)

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of GIMP 2.8 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install GIMP Silently

GIMP 2.8.22 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the GIMP 2.8.22 Installer
  2. Download the file 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: gimp-2.8.22-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter
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After a minute or so you should see the GIMP shortcuts in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:GIMP 2.8.22
Vendor:The GIMP Team
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:gimp-2.8.22-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\GIMP 2\uninst\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:

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 GIMP 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.

GIMP 2.8.22 Silent Install w/ Logging

gimp-2.8.22-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\GIMP-Install.log"

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The GIMP installer does NOT include a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut included during installation, then you can run the following command line switch.

GIMP 2.8.22 Silent Install with Desktop Shortcut

gimp-2.8.22-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

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 GIMP to “C:\GIMP”

gimp-2.8.22-setup.exe /DIR="C:\GIMP" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

How to Uninstall GIMP Silently

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

GIMP on 32-bit or 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\GIMP 2\uninst\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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