Installing itch on Windows

  • Download the latest version from https://itch.io/app
  • Double-click the installer executable
    • You should see a splash screen for a few seconds
  • The app starts up, desktop & start menu shortcuts are created

If you encounter any problems installing the app, get in touch with itch.io support.

Verifying the installer

All our installers, along with the application itself, are digitally signed with a certificate to the name of itch corp.

Open this dialog by right-clicking the installer, and choosing 'Properties'.

It's a good habit to verify the signatures of executables you download — if you encounter an installer that pretends to be the itch app, but doesn't have our digital signature on it, you should not use it.

(Even the canary version is digitally signed with the same certificate.)

Antivirus software

We often release new version of the itch.io app or the components it depends on.

You might encounter screens like these if you have a third-party antivirus installed:

We're working with Antivirus vendors to suppress these, but in the meantime, if you trust us, you can add the following locations to your whitelist:

  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\itch
  • %APPDATA%\itch\broth
  • %APPDATA%\itch\prereqs

"broth" contains components required for the itch app to run properly.

Don't add the entire %APPDATA%\itch folder as it would prevent your Antivirus from scanning the games you're install.

Updating

The app's behavior when it comes to updating (itself) is:

  • Checking for updates every 6 hours
    • Or when manually asked to via the Help -> Check for Updates menu
  • When it finds an update, will download and apply it
  • At which point it'll prompt you to either:
    • Restart the app to take advantage of the new version right now, or
    • Snooze the update, and wait for the next time you restart the app yourself

Uninstalling

itch can be uninstalled from the Apps & Features section of the Windows 10 settings:

For older Windows versions, use the Control Panel as usual.

Note: uninstalling the itch.io app does not wipe the %APPDATA%\itch folder, which contains all your installed games, local database, web session data and cache, and so on.

If you really want to delete it all, you'll need to take care of that folder too.

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