Inkscape Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Inkscape from the command line using both EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install Inkscape Silently

Inkscape 32-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://inkscape.org/release/
  2. Select Windows, 32-bit, EXE
  3. Download the 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: inkscape-x.y.z-x86.exe /S
  7. Press Enter
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After a few moments you should see the Inkscape shortcut in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Inkscape (x86)
Vendor:Inkscape
Architecture:32-bit
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:inkscape-x.y.z-x86.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Inkscape\Uninstall.exe" /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Inkscape\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:https://inkscape.org/release/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/inkscape-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Inkscape 64-bit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://inkscape.org/release/
  2. Select Windows, 64-bit, EXE
  3. Download the 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: inkscape-x.y.z-x64.exe /S
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the Inkscape shortcut in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Inkscape (x64)
Vendor:Inkscape
Architecture:64-bit
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:inkscape-x.y.z-x64.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\Inkscape\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:https://inkscape.org/release/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/inkscape-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Inkscape 32-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://inkscape.org/release/
  2. Select Windows, 32-bit, Windows Installer Package (MSI)
  3. Download the MSI 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: MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Inkscape (x86)
Vendor:Inkscape
Architecture:32-bit
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x inkscape-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa inkscape-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn
Download Link:https://inkscape.org/release/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/inkscape-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

Inkscape 64-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://inkscape.org/release/
  2. Select Windows, 64-bit, Windows Installer Package (MSI)
  3. Download the MSI 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: MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Inkscape (x64)
Vendor:Inkscape
Architecture:64-bit
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn
Download Link:https://inkscape.org/release/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/inkscape-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

Create an Installation Log File

The MSI 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.

Inkscape (32-bit) Silent Install with Logging (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x86.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\Inkscape-Install.log"

Inkscape (64-bit) Silent Install with Logging (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi ALLUSERS=1 /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\Inkscape-Install.log"

Change Default Installation Directory

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

Inkscape (EXE)

inkscape-x.y.z-x64.exe /S /D=C:\Inkscape

Inkscape (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /i inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi INSTALL_ROOT=C:\Inkscape ALLUSERS=1 /qn

How to Uninstall Inkscape Silently

Check out the Inkscape 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:

Inkscape 32-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Inkscape\Uninstall.exe" /S

Inkscape 32-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Inkscape\Uninstall.exe" /S

Inkscape 64-bit Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Inkscape\Uninstall.exe" /S

Inkscape 32-bit (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x inkscape-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn

Inkscape 64-bit (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x inkscape-x.y.z-x64.msi /qn

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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