KiCad Silent Install (How-To Guide)


KiCad is a free software suite for electronic design automation. It facilitates the design of schematics for electronic circuits and their conversion to PCB designs. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of KiCad from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install KiCad Silently

KiCad Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://kicad-pcb.org/download/windows/
  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: kicad-x.x.x_x-x86_64.exe /S
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:KiCad
Vendor:KiCad
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:kicad-x.x.x_x-x86_64.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\KiCad\uninstaller.exe" /S
Download Link:https://kicad-pcb.org/download/windows/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/kicad-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

Change Default Installation Directory

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

kicad-x.x.x_x-x86_64.exe /S /D=C:\KiCad

How to Uninstall KiCad Silently

Check out the KiCad 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 the following command:

KiCad Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\KiCad\uninstaller.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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