Git Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Git is a distributed version-control system for tracking changes in source code during software development. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Git from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Git Silently

Git Silent Install 32-bit (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/releases
  2. Select the version of your choice
  3. Download the Git-x.y.z-32-bit.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: Git-x.y.z-32-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  7. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the Git shortcuts in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Git (32-bit)
Vendor:The Git Development Community
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:Git-x.y.z-32-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Git\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Git\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/releases
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/git-for-windows-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Git Silent Install 64-bit (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/releases
  2. Select the version of your choice
  3. Download the Git-x.y.z-64-bit.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: Git-x.y.z-64-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  7. Press Enter

After a minute or so you should see the Git shortcuts in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Git (64-bit)
Vendor:The Git Development Community
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:Git-x.y.z-64-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\Git\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://github.com/git-for-windows/git/releases
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/git-for-windows-install-and-uninstall-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 an Installation Log File

The Git 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.

Git 32-bit Silent Install with Logging

Git-x.y.z-32-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Git32-Install.log"

Git 64-bit Silent Install with Logging

Git-x.y.z-64-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\Git64-Install.log"

Enable Auto Updates

The Git installer does NOT enable auto updates by default. If you want auto updates enabled, you can run the following command line switch.

Git 32-bit Silent Install with Auto Updates Enabled

Git-x.y.z-32-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /COMPONENTS=ext,ext\shellhere,ext\guihere,gitlfs,assoc,assoc_sh,autoupdate

Git 64-bit Silent Install with Auto Updates Enabled

Git-x.y.z-64-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /COMPONENTS=ext,ext\shellhere,ext\guihere,gitlfs,assoc,assoc_sh,autoupdate

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Git 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.

Git 32-bit Silent Install with Desktop Shortcut

Git-x.y.z-32-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /COMPONENTS=icons,icons\desktop,ext,ext\shellhere,ext\guihere,gitlfs,assoc,assoc_sh

Git 64-bit Silent Install with Desktop Shortcut

Git-x.y.z-64-bit.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /COMPONENTS=icons,icons\desktop,ext,ext\shellhere,ext\guihere,gitlfs,assoc,assoc_sh

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:\Git”

Git 32-bit (EXE)

Git-x.y.z-32-bit.exe /DIR="C:\Git" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Git 64-bit (EXE)

Git-x.y.z-64-bit.exe /DIR="C:\Git" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

How to Uninstall Git Silently

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

Git 32-bit (EXE) on 32-bit System

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

Git 32-bit (EXE) on 64-bit System

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

Git 64-bit (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Git\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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