Midnight Commander Silent Install (How-To Guide)

Midnight Commander is a visual file manager. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Midnight Commander from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Midnight Commander Silently

Midnight Commander Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://sourceforge.net/projects/mcwin32/files/latest/download
  2. Download the mcwin32-buildXXX-setup.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: mcwin32-buildXXX-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:GNU Midnight Commander
Vendor:The Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:mcwin32-buildXXX-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Midnight Commander\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Midnight Commander\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://sourceforge.net/projects/mcwin32/files/latest/download

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

Create an Installation Log File

The Midnight Commander installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following command to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

Midnight Commander Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

mcwin32-buildXXX-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\MidnightCommander-Install.log"

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 Midnight Commander to “C:\Midnight Commander”

mcwin32-buildXXX-setup.exe /DIR="C:\Midnight Commander" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Midnight Commander installer does not create a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to include it.

Midnight Commander Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

mcwin32-buildXXX-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

How to Uninstall Midnight Commander 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:

Midnight Commander Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Midnight Commander\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Midnight Commander Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Midnight Commander\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.

Jason Bergner

I am an accomplished Software Engineer at Patch My PC, leveraging more than 18 years of hands-on experience in Configuration Manager administration and application packaging. I am driven by a genuine passion for solving complex problems and consistently strive to discover innovative and effective solutions. Sharing my extensive knowledge of application deployments is a true joy for me, and I am honored to contribute to the community here at Silent Install HQ.

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