InstallShield Tips and Techniques

June 1, 2013

Installing Apache Tomcat v7.x silently with command line options

Filed under: Reference Materials — shieldmaster @ 10:50 pm

I recently have been working on RSA Security installation processes, and one of the tools that needed to be installed was Apache Tomcat v7.x. I was building a simple batch command process that was installing all of the 3rd Party software applications, such as:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Redistributable (64bit) – (vcredist.msi)
  • JAVA JRE 1.7_15 (jre-7u15-windows-i586.exe)
  • Apache Tomcat v7.0.35 (apache-tomcat-7.0.35.exe)

The first two software applications were essentially MSI packaged applications – so a traditional batch method to execute a MSI was appropriate, such as:


REM  ******************************************************************

REM  **  Install Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Redistributable (64bit)   

REM  ******************************************************************

msiexec /i "%BATCH_SCRIPTS_DIR%\3rdPartyApps\VCRedist\vcredist.msi" /qb /Lvoicewarmupx "%BATCH_INSTALL_PATH%\Logs\VC2005SP1Redist.log"


REM  ******************************************************************

REM  **  Silently install JAVA JRE 1.7_15                                        

REM  ******************************************************************



The last software application was something other than a traditional MSI packaged applications – I could not find a method to execute it silently. After quite a bit of research, I think it is packaged as a “NSIS installers”, which are generated by using the ‘MakeNSIS’ program to compile a NSIS script (.NSI) into an installer executable. They use a different set of silent parameters than the traditional MSI packages. This is a link to documentation regarding these parameters.

In my situation, to install Apache Tomcat, I was able to use these parameters:

REM  ******************************************************************

REM  **  Silently install Apache Tomcat v7  

REM  ******************************************************************

"%BATCH_SCRIPTS_DIR%3rdPartyApps\apache-tomcat-7.0.35.exe" /S /D=%BATCH_INSTALL_PATH%\Tomcat


The Apache Tomcat installation will automatically locate the JRE installation, therefore does not need to be passed thru the command line.

Hope this helps!




  1. That great! But what if anyone want to specify arguments like Name,Shutdown port, Http port and AJP port?

    Comment by Mohsin — May 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am

  2. Thats great! But what if someone need to specify name,shutdown port, http port and ajp port while installing tomcat silently?

    Comment by Mohsin — May 16, 2016 @ 8:02 am

    • Since Tomcat installation uses a proprietary installation – my only suggestion would be to review the MSI logs and see if these properties are exposed. Then you attempt to inject those properties in the call structure.


      Comment by shieldmaster — May 24, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

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