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Silent Installation

This information applies to Jet Reports 2009 through Jet Essentials 2015

For later versions, see the article for Command-Line Installation of Jet Professional.


Silent Installation Instructions

Silent installation is a feature that installs Jet Reports or Jet Essentials (2013 Update 1 or earlier) with no user interaction at all.  This feature is primarily useful when creating automated installation scripts.



/s : Silent mode

<Jet Essentials Setup File> /s runs the installation in silent mode based on the responses contained in a response file called Setup.iss in the same directory. By default the Setup.iss file must be named Setup.iss and be located in the same directory as the Jet Setup executable. To specify an alternative response file name or location, use the /f1 option, as described below. (Setup.iss, also called the "response file", is created by running Setup.exe with the /r option.)

/r : Record mode

In order to run the Jet Setup in silent mode, you must first run it with the /r option to generate a response file. Response files store the options and responses to the installer dialog boxes. These responses and options will be used when running the Jet Setup with the /s option (silent mode).
By default, the /r option names the response file Setup.iss and saves it to your system’s Windows folder (C:\ Windows). To specify an alternative response file name and location, use the /f1 option.

/f1 : Specify alternative response file name and path

Using the /f1 option enables you to specify an alternate response file name and location.

The following example creates a response file named “MySetup.iss” in C:\Temp:


/f1: specify alternative response file name and path

"Jet Essentials Setup.exe" /s /f1“C:\Temp\MySetup.iss”


Always specify an absolute path; using a relative path gives unpredictable results. The /f1 option can be used both when creating a response file (with the /r option) and when using a response file (with the /s option).

/L: Setup Language

To specify the language used by the Jet installation program use the /L option followed by the language ID. Specifying the setup language will run the Jet installation program in the setup language and install any language specific files that Jet requires.

The following example runs the Jet installation with German dialogs and install the the localized German help files (for versions of Jet Reports that include such files with the install) :


/L: setup language

"Jet Essentials Setup.exe" /L1031



/v: Activation Code


If using Jet Essentials version 14.0.13276 or higher, a n activation code can be entered during the installation of Jet Essentials.  This activation code will be stored on the system, and each user will be silently activated using this activation code the first time the Jet Essentials Add-In is enabled in Excel.

NOTE: The activation code is not validated at the time of installation.  If the activation code is invalid for any reason, each individual user will still be prompted to activate.




/v: activation code

"Jet Essentials Setup.exe" /s /v"ACTIVATIONCODE={ABCDEF01-2345-6789-ABCD-EF0123456789}"


Note: the sample activation code listed above MUST be replaced with your organization's own activation code.


Silent Installation Instructions for Jet Reports v7.x


You can install Jet Reports with no user interaction at all.  This feature is primarily useful when creating automated installation scripts.  The command line syntax for a silent installation is as follows:


Jet Reports v7.x

<Installer.exe> /L<LCID> /v /qn


Replace <Installer.exe> with the Jet Reports installation file.
Replace <LCID> with the language code from the table of supported languages below.
When the above command is executed, Jet Reports will be installed with no user interaction but not enabled.
To silently enable Jet Reports for the current user, you can use the Enable Wizard with the -s command line option. The Enable Wizard is JetActivate.exe in the Jet Reports folder.

Language Codes








English (United States)


French (France)








Polish 1045









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