PDFsam Basic Silent Install (How-To Guide)


PDFsam Basic or PDF Split and Merge is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop application to split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF documents. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of PDFsam Basic from the command line using the MSI installer.

How to Install PDFsam Basic Silently

PDFsam Basic Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/torakiki/pdfsam/releases
  2. Select the version of your choice
  3. Download the pdfsam-x.y.z.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 pdfsam-x.y.z.msi SKIPTHANKSPAGE=Yes /qn
  7. Press Enter

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

Software Title:PDFsam Basic
Vendor:Sober Lemur S.a.s. di Vacondio Andrea
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch:MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi SKIPTHANKSPAGE=Yes /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x pdfsam-x.y.z.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa pdfsam-x.y.z.msi /qn
Download Link:https://github.com/torakiki/pdfsam/releases
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/pdfsam-basic-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.

PDFsam Basic Silent Install with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi SKIPTHANKSPAGE=Yes /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\PDFsam-Install.log"

Disable Check For Updates

This setting will prevent PDFsam from checking for updates at startup.

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi CHECK_FOR_UPDATES=false /qn

Disable Check For News

This setting will prevent PDFsam from checking for news at startup.

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi CHECK_FOR_NEWS=false /qn

Disable Play Alert Sounds

This setting will prevent PDFsam from playing alert sounds.

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi PLAY_SOUNDS=false /qn

Disable the Donate Notification

This setting will prevent PDFsam from showing the notification to ask for a donation.

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi DONATE_NOTIFICATION=false /qn

Skip Thanks Page

This setting will tell the MSI installer to NOT show the thanks page that is usually opened once the installation completes successfully.

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi SKIPTHANKSPAGE=Yes /qn

Disable Premium Modules

This setting tells PDFsam to NOT show premium module description in the modules dashboard.

MsiExec.exe /i pdfsam-x.y.z.msi PREMIUM_MODULES=false /qn

How to Uninstall PDFsam Basic Silently

Check out the PDFsam Basic 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:

PDFsam Basic Silent Uninstall (MSI)

MsiExec.exe /x pdfsam-x.y.z.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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