NOTE: This article is intended for IT professionals with an understanding of the command line/terminal interface.
This article is not intended for all users and is not a required procedure for installing Vectorworks in a standard work environment.
Do not use these steps unless you are specifically attempting to initiate a silent install of Vectorworks in a network environment or are specifically instructed to do so by Vectorworks Technical Support.
The Vectorworks installer provides a command line interface for either pre-populating options or driving a silent installation from the command line.
When doing a silent installation, there are six required arguments:
These arguments are case sensitive and are preceded by a double dash (--).
Displays a list of valid options
Controls the UI for Unattended mode
The silent install has changed slightly from previous versions to 2018.
You now need to uncompress the install executable manually into a folder before running the silent installer. The executable file you need to start the silent installer will be in this location:
\Vectorworks 20XX Installer\resources\installer\
named “Install Vectorworks2018.exe”. Open a command prompt window as an administrator and use the following command:
\Vectorworks 2018 Installer\resources\installer\"install Vectorworks2018.exe" --unattendedmodeui none --Serial EDXUSA-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX --UserName <user name goes here> --CompName <company name goes here> --installdir <install directory goes here> --mode unattended
The installer will immediately return control to the command line. This is normal. The installer will continue installing in the background into your destination. You can verify if it is complete by examining the file InstallerLog.txt (or UpdaterLog.txt) to see if it says "Installation completed" at the end of the log. This file can be found in the installation directory.
The instructions are identical for an updater, aside from modifying them for differing filenames (UpdateVectorworks.exe, for instance)
You will need to first launch the installer .dmg file, which will open a volume called “Vectorworks 2018 Installer” in your finder.
From the Mac Terminal, type in the following command:
sudo /Volumes/Vectorworks\ 2018\ Installer/Vectorworks\ 2018\ Installer.app/Contents/Resources/installer/Install\ Vectorworks2018.app/Contents/MacOS/installbuilder.sh --unattendedmodeui none --mode unattended --Serial EDMUSA-XXXXXX-XXXXXX-XXXXXX --UserName <name goes here> --CompName <computer name goes here> --installdir <install directory goes here>
When the installation is finished, control will return to Terminal.app. You can verify if it is complete by examining the file InstallerLog.txt (or UpdaterLog.txt) to see if it says "Installation completed" at the end of the log. This file can be found in the installation directory.
The instructions are identical for an updater prior to 2019 (For 2019 and later, see THIS ARTICLE), aside from modifying them for differing filenames (UpdateVectorworks.app, for instance)
Note: When replacing the user name, company name, and install directory, do not include the “<” or “>” characters.”