I want to use SIM in my local deployment scripts but I cannot figure out where to find the tool. I expected it to be here, but the Apps folder is empty:

%appdata%\Sitecore\Sitecore Instance manager\Apps\SIMCMD\sim.exe

I found SIM.Tool.exeunder the following (quite strange) path, but that is just a UI tool launcher:


Any idea if the command line tool is still supported?
My version: SIM

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It is very simple to run SIMCMD (Command Line version of SIM):

  1. Open SIM
  2. Click Bundled Tools - Command Line
  3. Voilà

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N.B. Step 2 here simply downloads latest version from dl.sitecore.net

Note even though it is available in Release version, this feature is still kind of experimental and does not support all functions of full version. So I highly recommend to check the source code of the commands before using them in (pre-)production environment.

  • That's what I was looking for, thanks. For now the only limitation I noticed is that I cannot specify the host name and the default value is differ from the one suggested by UI tool. I described this behavior here. Jun 9, 2017 at 5:55
  • I don't see this option in bundled tools Apr 30, 2018 at 11:31

SIM is a click-once application

You can launch it from command line, but it's not so obvious how. There are a couple of ways to launch it. One would be to invoke something like iexplore.exe, pointing it to the URL of the SIM installation.

My preferred method is launching it via the local .appref-ms file. You find it like this:

Open up "Start", find SIM.

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Right click and Open File Location.

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In this folder, you will find your .appref-ms file. This is what you need to launch from your command line.

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Automated installation from the command line

Is planned for SIM 2.0. Reference: https://github.com/Sitecore/Sitecore-Instance-Manager/issues/18

But there is another way.

Using the Hedgehog.Tds.Build.Sim.Console, which is a tool meant specifically to handle this current shortcoming.

Also blogged about by Jeremy Davis here: HOW DID I MISS THIS BIT OF SIM AUTOMATION?

Example use:

Hedgehog.Tds.Build.Sim.Console.exe install
  "RepoFile:Sitecore 7.1 rev. 130926.zip"
  "ConnectionString:Data Source=.;User ID=sitecore;Password=sitecore123"
  • Yep, but that just launches the UI app... I'd like to use the tool to install instances from the scripts. Jun 8, 2017 at 13:09
  • Answer updated.
    – Mark Cassidy
    Jun 8, 2017 at 13:16
  • Looks like the Hedgehog tool is quite outdated... no commits since 2014.. It fails trying to locate SIM.Kernel.Instances.dll, probably the obsolete one; I can find only SIM.Instances.dll in the SIM directory. Jun 8, 2017 at 14:06
  • It appeared that the SIM CLI needs to be downloaded independently. It was a surprise to me but it does exactly what I need. Jun 9, 2017 at 5:58

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