PyCharm 2018 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


PyCharm is an integrated development environment used in computer programming, specifically for the Python language. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of PyCharm 2018 from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install PyCharm Silently

PyCharm Community Edition 2018 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/other.html
  2. Under Version 2018.x, select the PyCharm Community Edition EXE
  3. Download the pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  5. Add the following lines:
mode=admin
launcher32=1
  1. Save the file to the C:\Downloads directory and name it: silent.config
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  5. Press Enter

After a few minutes you should see the PyCharm Community Edition 2018 Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:PyCharm Community Edition 2018
Vendor:JetBrains s.r.o
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\PyCharm 2018\bin\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=windows
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/pycharm-2018-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

PyCharm Professional Edition 2018 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/other.html
  2. Under Version 2018.x, select the PyCharm Professional Edition EXE
  3. Download the pycharm-professional-2018.x.x.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open Notepad or your favorite text editor
  5. Add the following lines:
mode=admin
launcher32=1
  1. Save the file to the C:\Downloads directory and name it: silent.config
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-professional-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  5. Press Enter

After a few minutes you should see the PyCharm 2018 Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:PyCharm Professional Edition 2018
Vendor:JetBrains s.r.o
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:pycharm-professional-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\PyCharm 2018\bin\Uninstall.exe" /S
Download Link:https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/#section=windows
PowerShell Script:https://silentinstallhq.com/pycharm-2018-install-and-uninstall-powershell/

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download link 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 PyCharm 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.

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PyCharm Community Edition 2018 Silent Install with Logging

pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /LOG=C:\Windows\Temp\pyCharm-Install.log /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018

PyCharm Professional Edition 2018 Silent Install with Logging

pycharm-professional-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /LOG=C:\Windows\Temp\pyCharm-Install.log /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During PyCharm Install

  1. Open the silent.config file mentioned above with Notepad
  2. Modify the following line or exclude it all together
launcher32=0
  1. Save the file to update the changes
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  5. Press Enter

Add the Launchers Path to the PATH Environment Variable

  1. Open the silent.config file mentioned above with Notepad
  2. Add the following line:
updatePATH=1
  1. Save the file to update the changes
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  5. Press Enter

Add “Open Folder as Project” to Context Menu

  1. Open the silent.config file mentioned above with Notepad
  2. Add the following line:
updateContextMenu=1
  1. Save the file to update the changes
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  5. Press Enter

Regenerating the Shared Archive

  1. Open the silent.config file mentioned above with Notepad
  2. Add the following line:
regenerationSharedArchive=1
  1. Save the file to update the changes
  2. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  3. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  4. Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  5. Press Enter

Register File Association

  • Open the silent.config file mentioned above with Notepad
  • Add the following line for python file association:
.py=1
  • Save the file to update the changes
  • Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  • Enter the following command:
    • pycharm-community-2018.x.x.exe /S /CONFIG=.\silent.config /D=C:\Program Files\PyCharm 2018
  • Press Enter

PyCharm Silent Configuration Template (silent.config)

; Installation mode. It can be user or admin.
; NOTE: for admin mode please use "Run as Administrator" for command prompt to avoid UAC dialog.
mode=admin

; Desktop shortcut for launchers
launcher32=1
launcher64=0

; Add launchers path to PATH env variable
updatePATH=0

; Add "Open Folder as Project" to context menu
updateContextMenu=1

; Download and install jre32
jre32=0

; Regenerating the Shared Archive
; https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/11/vm/class-data-sharing.html
regenerationSharedArchive=1

; List of associations. To create an association change value to 1.
.py=0

How to Uninstall PyCharm Silently

Check out the PyCharm 2018 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:

PyCharm Community Edition 2018 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\PyCharm 2018\bin\Uninstall.exe" /S

PyCharm Professional Edition 2018 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\PyCharm 2018\bin\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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