KDiff3 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


KDiff3 is a graphical text difference analyzer for up to 3 input files. It provides character-by-character analysis and a text merge tool with integrated editor. KDiff3 can also compare and merge directories. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of KDiff3 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install KDiff3 Silently

KDiff3 (32-bit) Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the 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: KDiff3-32bit-Setup_0.9.98-3.exe /S
  6. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find KDiff3 entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:KDiff3 (32-bit)
Vendor:Joachim Eibl
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:KDiff3-32bit-Setup_0.9.98-3.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\KDiff3\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/kdiff3/kdiff3/0.9.98/KDiff3-32bit-Setup_0.9.98-3.exe

KDiff3 (64-bit) Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the 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: KDiff3-64bit-Setup_0.9.98-2.exe /S
  6. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find KDiff3 entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:KDiff3 (64-bit)
Vendor:Joachim Eibl
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:KDiff3-64bit-Setup_0.9.98-2.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\KDiff3\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/kdiff3/kdiff3/0.9.98/KDiff3-64bit-Setup_0.9.98-2.exe

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Change Installation Directory

You can change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing KDiff3 to “C:\KDiff3”

KDiff3 32-bit (EXE)

KDiff3-32bit-Setup_0.9.98-3.exe /S /D=C:\KDiff3

KDiff3 64-bit (EXE)

KDiff3-64bit-Setup_0.9.98-2.exe /S /D=C:\KDiff3

How to Uninstall KDiff3 Silently

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

KDiff3 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\KDiff3\Uninstall.exe" /S

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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