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Accessing the Command Line Interface for Package Manager

Last Modified: March 9, 2021

Use the command line interface (CLI) to modify the execution of Package Manager processes.

You can use the CLI for the following purposes:

  • Silently install, update, repair, or remove NI software
  • Build and manage packages
  • View the current state of your system
  • Run the GUI in browse or command mode
Package Manager has a console, text only CLI utility: nipkg.exe.
Navigate to C:\Program Files\National Instruments\NI Package Manager from the Command Prompt to invoke the CLI.
Enter nipkg.exe help to access the built-in CLI help. For help on a specific command, type nipkg help command. For example, type nipkg help install to access help for the install command. Enter NIPackageManager.exe /? to access built-in browse mode and command mode help.

The main Package Manager GUI also has a command-line (command-mode): NIPackageManager.exe.

Navigate to C:\Program Files\National Instruments\NI Package Manager from the Command Prompt to invoke the NIPM GUI. Enter NIPackageManager.exe /? to access the command mode help on the various GUI operations.


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