SmartFTP Client Silent Install (How-To Guide)


SmartFTP is a network file transfer program for Microsoft Windows. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of the SmartFTP Client from the command line using the MSI installer.

How to Install the SmartFTP Client Silently

SmartFTP Client 32-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.smartftp.com/get/SmartFTP86.msi
  2. Download the SmartFTP.msi to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Navigate to: https://aka.ms/vs/16/release/vc_redist.x86.exe
  4. Download the VC_redist.x86.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command to install pre-req: VC_redist.x86.exe /install /quiet /norestart
  8. Press Enter
  9. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i SmartFTP.msi /qn
  10. Press Enter

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

Software Title:SmartFTP Client (32-bit Systems)
Vendor:SmartSoft Ltd.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)VC_redist.x86.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)MsiExec.exe /i SmartFTP.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x SmartFTP.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa SmartFTP.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.smartftp.com/get/SmartFTP86.msi

SmartFTP Client 64-bit Silent Install (MSI)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.smartftp.com/get/SmartFTP64.msi
  2. Download the SmartFTP.msi to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Navigate to: https://aka.ms/vs/16/release/vc_redist.x64.exe
  4. Download the VC_redist.x64.exe to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  5. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  6. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  7. Enter the following command to install pre-req: VC_redist.x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
  8. Press Enter
  9. Enter the following command: MsiExec.exe /i SmartFTP.msi /qn
  10. Press Enter

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

Software Title:SmartFTP Client (64-bit Systems)
Vendor:SmartSoft Ltd.
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:MSI
Silent Install Switch (Step 1)VC_redist.x64.exe /install /quiet /norestart
Silent Install Switch (Step 2)MsiExec.exe /i SmartFTP.msi /qn
Silent Uninstall Switch:MsiExec.exe /x SmartFTP.msi /qn
Repair Command:MsiExec.exe /fa SmartFTP.msi /qn
Download Link:https://www.smartftp.com/get/SmartFTP64.msi

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 SmartFTP Client 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.

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SmartFTP Client Silent Install (MSI) with Logging

MsiExec.exe /i SmartFTP.msi /qn /L*v "%WINDIR%\Temp\SmartFTP-Install.log"

Extract MSI from the EXE Installer

The SmartFTP Client installer from the main Downloads page https://www.smartftp.com/en-us/download is in the EXE format. You can extract the MSI by following these steps:

  • Manually launch the SFTPMSI.exe
  • Navigate to the %LocalAppData%\Temp directory
  • You will find the SmartFTP.msi inside a folder with a .tmp extension
  • Copy the SmartFTP.msi out of that folder because it will disappear when the installation wizard is closed

Install a License Key

  • Copy the license key file into the “%AppData%\SmartFTP\Client 2.0” folder

How to Uninstall the SmartFTP Client 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:

SmartFTP Client 32-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI) on 32-bit Systems

MsiExec.exe /x SmartFTP.msi /qn

SmartFTP Client 64-bit Silent Uninstall (MSI) on 64-bit Systems

MsiExec.exe /x SmartFTP.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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