TeXworks Silent Install (How-To Guide)


TeXworks is a free and simple working environment for authoring TeX (LaTeX, ConTeXt and XeTeX) documents. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of TeXworks from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install TeXworks Silently

TeXworks Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://github.com/TeXworks/texworks/releases
  2. Download the TeXworks-win-setup-x.y.z.exe 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: TeXworks-win-setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
  6. Press Enter

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

Software Title:TeXworks
Vendor:TeX Users Group
Architecture:x86
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:TeXworks-win-setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (32-bit System)"%ProgramFiles%\TeXworks\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Silent Uninstall Switch (64-bit System)"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\TeXworks\unins000.exe" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART
Download Link:https://github.com/TeXworks/texworks/releases

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 TeXworks 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.

TeXworks Silent Install (EXE) with Logging

TeXworks-win-setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /LOG="%WINDIR%\Temp\TeXworks-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 TeXworks to “C:\TeXworks”

TeXworks-win-setup-x.y.z.exe /DIR="C:\TeXworks" /VERYSILENT /NORESTART

Exclude Desktop Shortcut During Install

The TeXworks installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you do not want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to exclude it.

TeXworks Silent Install (EXE) with No Desktop Shortcut

TeXworks-win-setup-x.y.z.exe /VERYSILENT /NORESTART /MERGETASKS=!desktopicon

How to Uninstall TeXworks 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:

TeXworks Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 32-bit Systems

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

TeXworks Silent Uninstall (EXE) on 64-bit Systems

"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\TeXworks\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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