Unattended deployment of PVS-Studio

In this article we describe working in the Windows environment. Working in the Linux environment is described in the article "How to run PVS-Studio on Linux".

Unattended deployment

As for most of other software setting up PVS-Studio requires administrative privileges.

Unattended setup is performed by specifying command line parameters, for example:

PVS-Studio_Setup.exe /verysilent /suppressmsgboxes 
/norestart /nocloseapplications

PVS-Studio may require a reboot if, for example, files that require update are locked. To install PVS-Studio without reboot, use the 'NORESTART' flag. Please also note that if PVS-Studio installer is started in a silent mode without this flag, the computer may be rebooted without any warnings or dialogs.

By default, all available PVS-Studio components will be installed. In case this is undesirable, the required components can be selected by the 'COMPONENTS' switch (following is a list of all possible components):

PVS-Studio_setup.exe /verysilent /suppressmsgboxes 
/nocloseapplications /norestart /components= Core, 

Brief description of components:

  • components with 'MSVS' prefix in their name are corresponding to Microsoft Visual Studio plug-in extensions;
  • the 'Core' component is a mandatory one; it contains a core command-line analyzer engine, which is required for all of the IDE extension plug-ins to operate;
  • the Standalone component installs compiler monitoring system, which allows to analyze any kind of C, C++ project as long as such project uses one of the supported compilers;
  • the 'IDEA' component corresponds to the PVS-Studio plugin for the IntelliJ IDEA development environment;
  • the 'JavaCore' component corresponds to the analyzer core for Java.

During installation of PVS-Studio all instances of Visual Studio / IntelliJ IDEA should be shut down, however to prevent user's data loss PVS-Studio does not shut down Visual Studio / IntelliJ IDEA.

The installer will exit with '100' if it is unable to install the extension (*.vsix) for any of the selected versions of Visual Studio.

The PVS-Studio-Updater.exe can perform check for analyzer updates, and, if an update is available, it can download it and perform an installation on a local system. To start the updater tool "silently", the same arguments can be utilized:


If there are no updates on the server, the updater will exit with the code '0'. As PVS-Studio-Updater.exe performs a local deployment of PVS-Studio, devenv.exe should not be running at the time of the update as well.

If you connect to Internet via a proxy with authentication, PVS-Studio-Updater.exe will prompt you for proxy credentials. If the proxy credentials are correct, PVS-Studio-Updater.exe will save them in the Windows Credential Manager and will use these credentials to check for updates in future.

Deploying licenses and customizing settings

Deployment of licenses is usually performed right after unattended installation.

You can enter license info via PVS-Studio Options. Open PVS-Studio Options (PVS-Studio Menu -> Options...) from your running IDE instance or start C and C++ Compiler Monitoring UI (Standalone.exe) and choose the "Registration" page. License information will be saved to the 'Settings.xml' file.

If you want deploy PVS-Studio for many computers then you can install license without manual entering. It should place valid 'Settings.xml' file into folder under user's profile.

If many users share one desktop each one should have its own license.

Default settings location is the following:


It is user-editable xml file, but it also could be edited by through PVS-Studio IDE plugin on a target machine. Please note that all settings that should be kept as default values could be omitted from 'Setting.xml' file.

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