Command-line parameter examples for Visual Studio 2017 installation

To illustrate how to use command-line parameters to install Visual Studio, here are several examples that you can customize to match your needs.

In each example, vs_enterprise.exe, vs_professional.exe and vs_community.exe represent the respective edition of the Visual Studio bootstrapper, which is the small (approximately 1MB) file that initiates the download process. If you are using a different edition, substitute the appropriate bootstrapper name.


All commands require administrative elevation, and a User Account Control prompt will be displayed if the process is not started from an elevated prompt.


You can use the ^ character at the end of a command line to concatenate multiple lines into a single command. Alternatively, you can simply place these lines together onto a single row. In PowerShell, the equivalent is the backtick (` ) character.

  • Install a minimal instance of Visual Studio, with no interactive prompts but progress displayed:

    vs_enterprise.exe --installPath C:\minVS ^
     --add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.CoreEditor ^
     --passive --norestart
  • Install a desktop instance of Visual Studio silently, with the French language pack, returning only when the product is installed.

    vs_enterprise.exe --installPath C:\desktopVS ^
     --addProductLang fr-FR ^
     --add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop ^
     --includeRecommended --quiet --wait

The --wait parameter is designed for use in a batch file. In a batch file, execution of the next command will not continue until the installation has completed. The %ERRORLEVEL% environment variable will contain the return value of the command, as documented in the Use command-line parameters to install Visual Studio page.

  • Download the Visual Studio core editor (the most minimal Visual Studio configuration). Only include the English language pack:
vs_community.exe --layout C:\VS2017
   --lang en-US ^
   --add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.CoreEditor
  • Download the .NET desktop and .NET web workloads along with all recommended components and the GitHub extension. Only include the English language pack:

    vs_community.exe --layout C:\VS2017 ^
     --lang en-US ^
     --add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NetWeb ^
     --add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop ^
     --add Component.GitHub.VisualStudio ^
  • Start an interactive installation of all workloads and components that are available in the Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise edition:

    vs_enterprise.exe --all --includeRecommended --includeOptional
  • Install a second, named instance of Visual Studio 2017 Professional on a machine with Visual Studio 2017 Community edition already installed, with support for Node.js development:

    vs_professional.exe --installPath C:\VSforNode ^
     --add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.Node --includeRecommended --nickname VSforNode
  • Remove the Profiling Tools component from the default installed Visual Studio instance:

    vs_enterprise.exe modify ^
     --installPath "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise" ^
     --remove Microsoft.VisualStudio.Component.DiagnosticTools ^

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