Using WinRAR SFX to Create a Silent Install Package

2011/08/27 | By | 9 Replies More

WinRAR is a great compression, and though there are many good free compression applications available, its SFX (Self-Extracting Install) feature make it well worth the $29 USD price tag.

I use it almost daily to create silent install of applications that I need to push out to users on the network

In this guide I will show how to create a simple silent install of the popular FTP program called Filezilla

After you have WinRAR installed right click the filezilla installer package and select WinRAR> Add Archive

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In the General pane select Create SFX archive

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WinRAR will automatically crate a sfx exe version. Now right click that and select WinRAR > open with WinRAR

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WinRAR opens with the filezilla setup program inside of it.  Select the SFX icon and then select advanced SFX options.

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In the General Tab we will define the silent switch variable that runs filezilla silently . In this case it is /S so under Run after extraction we type the full filename and the /S switch.

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Under modes we make sure it unpacks to a temporary folder and Hides all displays.

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Under Update we will select the extract and replace files and the overwrite all files (This is done just in case an earlier version may have been copied at some point)

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Finally if we want to customize the icon that the package will use we can add it here.

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Select OK

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The new filezilla silent install package with its customize icon are now  ready for use.

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  1. maillot de foot says:

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog.Really thank you! Will read on…

  2. Hello Bro…!!
    thanks for the Information….
    But Icon is not change.
    Please Help…….

    • gandalf50 says:

      Make sure you are using an icon set that at least contains a 16×16 32×32 and 48×48 images of your icon. Then try changing your explorer view to display details, large icons or medium size icons and see how it displays. I use IcoFX for editing icons.
      http://icofx.ro/files/icofxsetup.exe

  3. win rar says:

    I like Winrar very much because it has many features. It can compress the large files into small so that files contain low space on hard disk

  4. Ali Jamal says:

    Thank You

  5. Stephen Gay says:

    Thanks for providing this blog. However one issue with SFX is that one has the option to:
    Not change existing file
    or create new file.

    There is no option to CHANGE existing file; so if you realise you need to modify the SFX options, you have to start from scratch. This is such a serious limitation, that it almost makes it useless.

    Response appreciated.

    • gandalf50 says:

      It’s actually a matter of dropping in and overwriting whatever files need to be changed.

  6. Gaurav says:

    Great blog! Keep it up.

    and i also clicked some ads to give you a cup of coffee for this Great post :)

    Have a nice day!

  7. KaKi87 says:

    Hi,

    You can’t imagine how much time I spent in order to find this tutorial.

    Thank you very much, this is very helpful.

    ;)

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