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    • CommentAuthorluismaie
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2016 edited


    is it possible to install the Windows executable of KLayout from command line or create an extended installer?

    • Is there a command line switch to silently install Klayout?
    • Is it possible to add settings and additional scripts to the installation?
    • Is the NSIS installer script used to build the exe publicly available?

    The reason for this question is, that I want to use KLayout on multiple Windows machines with XSection script already installed and some config preset.

    Thanks for any help,


    • CommentAuthorMatthias
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2016

    Hi Luis,

    yes, the NSIS script is the one used for the official installer. I don't know whether the NSIS installer provides silent installation. Maybe there is a command option, but you better check with their documentation.

    For a modifier installer you may as well create your own installer based on the files inside the .zip archive. Apart from simply installing these files, the NSIS script just registers a fews file types and start menu entries.



    • CommentAuthorluismaie
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2017

    Hi Matthias,

    is the used NIST script available? Then I could just add the needed XSection script to the installation and I no longer need a silent installation. I just wanted to use the silent installation to be able to install the script and KLayout in one run. I don't want to ask the user to copy the needed scripts manually.

    Regards, Luis

    • CommentAuthorMatthias
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2017 edited

    Hi Luis,

    I have published the NSIS script (for 64 bit) here:

    I finally want to package XSection with KLayout, but it will take some time.



    • CommentAuthorluismaie
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2017

    Hello Matthias,

    thank you for the script. I was able to create an installation with the original version of the KLayout NSIS installer (2.38) and then moved on to the newest version 2 installer (2.51). Both worked without a problem.

    To be able to include XSection or other scripts in the installer I added the following line:

    file *.rbm

    And to install predefined settings and set the paths for the XSection Script I added the following:

    # define user directory and install predefined settings
    setOutPath $PROFILE
    file .klayout-xsection
    file /r Klayout

    The modified installer now runs as a normal installation, with all needed scripts and settings included.

    This was extremely helpful and a lot of people here can easily use Klayout now, Thanks!