Installing from the Administrative Image Using the Command Line

You can deploy installations from an administrative image using the command line.

To install silently:

  1. Open a Command Prompt window (in Windows, click Start > Run).
  2. Type the msiexec.exe command with the /i and /qb switches and specify the properties for any options that are not the default values as shown below.

    msiexec /i "administrative_image_directory\64bit\SWFileUtilities\SOLIDWORKS File Utilities.msi" INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files\your_folder /qb

Use the following examples as templates for silent installation.


  • SOLIDWORKS core (English)
  • Toolbox add-in
  • Participation in the feedback program
  • French language


msiexec /i "administrative_image_directory\64bit\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS.Msi" INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files\your_folder" SOLIDWORKSSERIALNUMBER="xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx" ENABLEPERFORMANCE=1 OFFICEOPTION=3 ADDLOCAL=SolidWorks, SolidWorksToolbox="toolbox path for example C:\SolidWorks Data\" /qb

The SOLIDWORKS French language installation component must be installed separately:

msiexec /i "administrative_image_directory\64bit\SOLIDWORKS French\french.msi" /qb

When specifying SOLIDWORKS language component installation commands, do not specify command-line arguments.

eDrawings Client

  • All features

msiexec /i "administrative_image_directory\64bit\eDrawings\eDrawings.msi" INSTALLDIR="C:\Program Files\your_folder" SNLSERVER=eDrawings_SNL_server TRANSFORMS=1040.mst ADDLOCAL=All /qb


Due to the technical complexity of installing SOLIDWORKS Electrical with Microsoft SQL Server, command line examples for SOLIDWORKS Electrical are excluded from the documentation.

SOLIDWORKS Visualize and Visualize Boost

For SOLIDWORKS Visualize:

msiexec. /i “administrative_image_directory\64bit\SOLIDWORKS Visualize.msi” ACTIVSERIALNUMBER=”1234123412341234ABCDEFGH” INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Visualize” /qb

For SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost:

msiexec /i “administrative_image_directory\64bit\SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost.msi” ACTVISERIALNUMBER=”1234123412341234ABCDEFGH” INSTALLDIR=”C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS Visualize Boost” /qb