Command Line Options

This table lists all of the command line options supported by the various SafeHouse utilities. Not all programs support all options. Please refer to the reference pages for the individual options and executables to find out which options are supported by specific utilities.

See the Utilities and Wizards Reference for a complete list of programs supporting these options.

Command Option



Specifies how full a volume must be before it is expanded.


Specifies a threshold for automatically shrinking a volume.


Specified if the user is notified when a volume will be expanded.


Identifies the filename for a volume to change passwords.


Identifies the name of a volume to be created.

/CREATE (for Setup)

Instruct the custom setup program to launch the create volume wizard.


Specifies the long name description of a volume being created.


Specifies the DOS drive letter associated with a volume.


Specifies the encryption method.


Specifies the maximum expansion limit of a volume.


Identifies the filename for a volume to have its size increased.


Specifies the number of days between forced password changes.


Launch Explorer window for volume after opening a volume.


Specifies the hard drive format internal to a volume.


Complete command without user interaction if possible.


Force a volume to close even though some files may be open.


Automatically begin processing command without user interaction if possible.


Specifies the grace period on forced password changes.


Instructs activity monitor to trigger its configured action.


Open a volume.


Sets the maximum length of a volume password.


Sets the minimum length of a volume password.


Specifies a new password.


Specifies a current password.


Force rapid create mode. Do not fill volume with random data.


Force rapid expand mode. Do not fill volume with random data.


Force read-only mode when opening a volume.


Open volume as removable drive instead of fixed disk.


Suppress user interface on activity monitor.


Indicates command invoked from SafeHouse installer.


Informs a utility that it is being invoked from the Explorer shell.


Force or prevent creating a desktop shortcut to open the volume.


Displays properties about a volume.


Complete command silently in background.

/SILENT (for Setup)

Run custom setup program without a visual interface.


Specifies the size of a volume.


Enables use of WAV sound support


Remove the respective utility from memory.


Instructs activity monitor to put open volumes into suspended state.


Close one or more currently-open SafeHouse volumes.


Use a custom DLL API to get the password instead of dialog box.


Instructs tray utility that it is being started along with Windows.

Boolean Values

All parameters which require a boolean state value such as ON or OFF will also accept 1, 0, Y, N, Yes, No, True or False.

Missing Passwords

In most cases, all SafeHouse utilities which require passwords to be specified will prompt the user to enter any passwords not supplied on the command line. However, if /SILENT is specified and password(s) are missing, execution will terminate in error.

Map and UnMap

Throughout this help section you may see references to the terms map and unmap with regard to SafeHouse volumes. These terms are analogous to opening and closing volumes.

Older versions of this product used the map and unmap terms instead of open and close, and we've maintained the use of these older terms in some of the under-the-hood areas of the software in order to remain compatible with customers' scripts developed for the older versions of SafeHouse.


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