Scratch Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Scratch is a free block-based visual programming language where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Scratch from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Scratch Silently

Scratch 3 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the Scratch 3 Installer
  2. Download the file 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:
    • “Scratch Desktop Setup 3.x.y.exe” /allusers /S
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Scratch Desktop
Vendor:Scratch Foundation
Version:3.x.y
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:"Scratch Desktop Setup 3.x.y.exe" /allusers /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Scratch Desktop\Uninstall Scratch Desktop.exe" /allusers /S
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Scratch Desktop\Uninstall Scratch Desktop.exe" /allusers /S
Download Link:https://downloads.scratch.mit.edu/desktop/Scratch%20Setup.exe

Scratch 2 Offline Editor Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the Scratch 2 Offline Installer
  2. Download the file 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:
    • Scratch-461.exe -silent -eulaAccepted -desktopShortcut -programMenu -allowDownload
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Scratch 2 Offline Editor
Vendor:Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Version:461
Architecture:x86_x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:Scratch-461.exe -silent -eulaAccepted -desktopShortcut -programMenu -allowDownload
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x {6E988774-5309-E02E-7EA8-F19CB65C2063} /qn
Download Link:https://scratch.mit.edu/download/scratch2

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

Change Default Installation Directory

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

Scratch 3 (EXE)

"Scratch Desktop Setup 3.x.y.exe" /allusers /S /D=C:\Scratch

How to Uninstall Scratch 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:

Scratch 3 Silent Uninstall on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Scratch Desktop\Uninstall Scratch Desktop.exe" /allusers /S

Scratch 3 Silent Uninstall on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Scratch Desktop\Uninstall Scratch Desktop.exe" /allusers /S

Scratch 2 (461) Offline Editor Silent Uninstall

MsiExec.exe /x {6E988774-5309-E02E-7EA8-F19CB65C2063} /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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