Setup instructions

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Ketarin allows you to install applications by creating predefined rules. For example, you can install many applications in a row silently (no dialogs or manual input). Ketarin only informs the user of the install progress and any warnings or errors during install. On Windows, several installer types are being used which are described below along with their appropriate command line arguments to execute silent setups.

Getting Started

First open Ketarin and doubleclick the application you want to edit (or Context MenuEdit). Select the "Setup" tab.


Here you can create, edit and delete setup instructions for your application. In order to create a new instruction, click the Add instuction button. The following choices are offered, all explained below:

  • Start process
  • Copy file
  • Custom command

Start process

Dialog: Start process

Here you can specify a program to start and any command line arguments to pass to the program, as well as overwrite environment variables (if needed).

Program to start: Select the program to start, typically an executable file (.exe), but can be any other file too.

Arguments: Specify command line arguments. Click the Insert button to add several predefined arguments (see full list of possible arguments below). Remember that arguments with spaces, like file paths, need to be enclosed in quotation marks.

Copy file

Dialog: Copy file

Here you can copy a file (for example the downloaded application) to a specified location. You can use environment variables in paths.

Source file: This is the file being copied. Default is {file} (the current location of the application setup package). See Special variables for more information.

Target file: This is a copy of the original file.You can specify environment variable by pressing the Environment button.

Custom Command

Dialog: Copy file

This dialog allows you to specify a custom command to run. Please refer to the Commands section for further details. Basically, you can perform more complex actions with this option.

Installer Types

There are several installer types that program authors use. Beware that depending on the type of the installer command line arguments may vary greatly. Since Ketarin is a Windows only application, we will only look at installers that support Microsoft Windows, trying to cover all widespread installers here. It is very likely that most of your applications use one of the following installers.

Name Arguments Examples File Extension
Inno Setup (INNO) /VERYSILENT Start Process "{file}" with following arguments: /VERYSILENT .EXE
InstallShield /s Start Process "{file}" with following arguments: /s .EXE
Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) /S Start Process "{file}" with following arguments: /S .EXE
Windows Hotfix (MSU) /passive Start Process "{file}" with following arguments: /passive .MSU
Windows Installer (MSI Installer) /quiet



n - No UI

b - Basic UI

r - Reduced UI

f - Full UI (default)

Start Process "{file}" with following arguments: /qn

Custom Command msiexec.exe /i "{file}" /qn

You may also want to add /norestart to prevent the installer from rebooting your system unexpectedly.

Self-extracting archive (SFX) /s Start Process "{file}" with following arguments: /s .EXE
Ultimate Packer for eXecutables (UPX) -d Custom Command upx.exe -d "{file}" .EXE

Application Installer Types List

Here is a very incomplete list of applications and what installer they use. If you don't find what you are looking for, use Universal Silent Switch Finder to find out which installer is being used.

Application Name Installer Type
7Zip MSI
AC3Filter INNO
Adobe Shockwave Player NSIS
Advanced Shortcuts Composer INNO
AMD Dual Core Optimizer Installshield
Auto Gordian Knot NSIS
BlueScreenView UPX
CCleaner NSIS
Crysis Warhead Framebuffer Benchmark MSI
CrystalDiskMark INNO
Desktop Icon Restore MSI
Driver Sweeper INNO
Duplicate Cleaner NSIS
ESET NOD32 Antivirus MSI
Estonian ID Card MSI
ExplorerView NSIS
Firefox UPX
Fraps NSIS
Gmail Backup NSIS
ImgBurn NSIS
InfranView UPX
ISO Recorder MSI
Jumplist Extender INNO
LockHunter INNO
Logitech Gamepanel Installshield
Logitech SetPoint NSIS
Mega MP3 Split INNO
Microsoft Windows Live Communications Platform Component MSI
Microsoft Windows Live Messenger Standalone MSI
Nokia Software Updater UPX
Notepad++ NSIS
Nvidia PhysX MSI
Open Expert SFX
OpenOffice NSIS
Open With Arguments INNO
Pazera FLV to AVI Converter UPX
Punkbuster Setup UPX
Resource Hacker INNO
Restorator INNO
SD Explorer INNO
SendToToys INNO
ShellExView UPX
ShellMenuView UPX
Smart Defrag INNO
SpyBot Search & Destroy INNO
SpyBot Search & Destroy Standalone Updates NSIS
Universal Extractor INNO
USB Disk Eject UPX
UxStyle Core MSI
Windows 7 Filter Tweaker INNO
Windows 7 Updates Downloader NSIS
XRecode INNO

Installing Applications via Ketarin

Now that you have created setup instructions for your applications, let's see how you can install them. In the main Ketarin window click the Install... button.


You can then create lists from applications. For example, you can select all security programs from the right column and select SelectionSave as new list to create a new list of security applications.

Note Note: Ketarin will automatically create lists for categories. So if you assign a category to all applications, you may not need to create further lists.

You can also create a new empty list in the left column by clicking the New button. An empty list is created and you can then start adding programs to it by clicking the Add button below the right column.

Once you are finished with creating lists you can start the installation. For installation you have 2 choices:

  • Install - Install the local copy of the application(s).
  • Update and install - First checks for updates. If an update is available, it is downloaded then installed. If no update is available the installation proceeds with the already existing files.

If you have problems with downloads, refer to Troubleshooting downloads.

In either case the following dialog is shown:


Here you can see the progress of the current installation and any warnings or errors that may occur.