SmartGit Silent Install (How-To Guide)

SmartGit is a Git GUI client with support for GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab pull requests and comments. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of SmartGit from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install SmartGit Silently

SmartGit Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Download the to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  3. Extract the smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe using 7-Zip to 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: smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you will find SmartGit entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:SmartGit
Vendor:Syntevo GmbH
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch:"%ProgramFiles%\SmartGit\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:
PowerShell Script:

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 SmartGit 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.

SmartGit Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\SmartGit-Install.log"

Change Default Installation Directory

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

smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe /DIR="C:\SmartGit" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Include Desktop Shortcut During Install

The SmartGit installer does not create a desktop shortcut by default. If you want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to include it.

SmartGit Silent Install (EXE) with Desktop Shortcut

smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=desktopicon

Exclude Explorer Context Menu During Install

SmartGit Silent Install (EXE) Excluding Explorer Context Menu

smartgit-x_y_z-setup.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!explorercontextitem

How to Uninstall SmartGit Silently

Check out the SmartGit 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:

SmartGit Silent Uninstall (EXE)

"%ProgramFiles%\SmartGit\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

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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