Spark Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Spark is an open-source instant messaging program (based on XMPP protocol) that allows users to communicate via text in real time. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Spark from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Spark Silently

Spark 2.8.3 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Download the Spark 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: spark_2_8_3.exe -q
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:Spark 2.8.3
Vendor:Ignite Realtime
Version:2.8.3.960
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:spark_2_8_3.exe -q
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\Spark\uninstall.exe" -q
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Spark\uninstall.exe" -q
Download Link:https://www.igniterealtime.org/downloads/

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 Spark to “C:\Spark”

spark_2_8_3.exe -q -dir C:\Spark

Overwrite All Files During Silent Install

spark_2_8_3.exe -q -overwrite

Show Progress Window During Silent Install

spark_2_8_3.exe -q -splash

How to Uninstall Spark 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:

Spark Silent Uninstall on 32-bit System

"%ProgramFiles%\Spark\uninstall.exe" -q

Spark Silent Uninstall on 64-bit System

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Spark\uninstall.exe" -q

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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