OpenVPN Silent Install (How-To Guide)


OpenVPN is software that implements virtual private network techniques to create secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of OpenVPN from the command line using both EXE & MSI installers.

How to Install OpenVPN Silently

OpenVPN 32-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/
  2. Select Windows 32-bit MSI Installer
  3. Download the file 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 OpenVPN-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:OpenVPN
Vendor:OpenVPN, Inc.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i OpenVPN-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x OpenVPN-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa OpenVPN-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn
Download Link:https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/openvpn-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

OpenVPN 64-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/
  2. Select Windows 64-bit MSI Installer
  3. Download the file 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 OpenVPN-x.y.z-amd64.msi /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:OpenVPN
Vendor:OpenVPN, Inc.
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i OpenVPN-x.y.z-amd64.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x OpenVPN-x.y.z-amd64.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa OpenVPN-x.y.z-amd64.msi /qn
Download Link:https://openvpn.net/community-downloads/
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/openvpn-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

OpenVPN 2.4.9 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: openvpn-install-2.4.9-I601-Win10.exe /S
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:OpenVPN
Vendor:OpenVPN Technologies, Inc.
Version:2.4.9
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:openvpn-install-2.4.9-I601-Win10.exe /S
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\OpenVPN\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:https://swupdate.openvpn.org/community/releases/openvpn-install-2.4.9-I601-Win10.exe
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/openvpn-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.

OpenVPN 32-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i OpenVPN-x.y.z-x86.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\OpenVPN-Install.log"

OpenVPN 64-bit (MSI) Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i OpenVPN-x.y.z-amd64.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\OpenVPN-Install.log"

How to Uninstall OpenVPN Silently

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

OpenVPN 32-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI)

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

OpenVPN 64-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x OpenVPN-x.y.z-amd64.msi /qn

OpenVPN Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\OpenVPN\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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