Command Line Options

PbMngr5.exe is the Administrator console found in C:\Program Files\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu. It must be run from this folder.

These command line options allow you to automate changes to settings in the Bluebeam Administrator, including product registration, silently via the command line.

Administrator privileges are required to change most of these settings.

"C:\Program Files\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe"

/help or /?

Shows command line help for the Administrator console.
/printername Displays the printer name used by Bluebeam Revu.
/printerdpi <number> Sets the default DPI of the Bluebeam PDF printer.
/reinstallptr Reinstalls the Bluebeam PDF printer
/uninstallptr Uninstalls the Bluebeam Printer.
/dvon Makes Bluebeam Revu the default PDF editor.
/dvoff Resets the default PDF editor.
/update Updates Bluebeam authorization server with current version and machine name.
/register [<version> <serial number> <product key> [NoAuth]]1

Register with no parameters will attempt to register a delayed authorization. Register with parameters will cross register between Bluebeam products.

/expire Expires trial, forces Revu to be used as a reader.

Resets Revu settings. Make sure to back up settings before.

  • Example: "C:\Program Files\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /reset - Resets Revu settings
/backup <zipfile>

Backs up Revu settings.

  • Example: "C:\Program Files\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /backup "C:\" - Creates zipped file named Backup in root of C:\
/restore <zipfile>

Restores Revu settings.

  • Example: "C:\Program Files\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /restore "C:\" - Restores Revu settings from zipped file named in root of C:\
/setup [parameters]2 Setup is used to initialize the Bluebeam Revu products.
  /DVON Makes Bluebeam Revu the default PDF editor.
  /DVON32 Makes Bluebeam Revu 32 bit the default PDF editor.
  /DVOFF Resets the default PDF editor. Required parameter to avoid changing default viewer to Revu.

Bitwise flags to install plugins into: 3

Office4(1), AutoCAD(2), AutoCAD Lt(4), SolidWorks(8), Revit(16), Internet Explorer(32), ProjectWise(64), Outlook(128), Sketchup(256)

  /DPS:[A4 or Letter] Default page size to use with Bluebeam PDF printer.
  /NCPATH:<path> Netconfig path.
  /JOPATH:<path> Job options path.
  /PREFSPATH:<path> Path to a Bluebeam Revu preferences setup file.
  /ANALYTICS Enables data concerning the usage of Revu to be captured and automatically sent to Bluebeam servers. No user data is captured or transmitted.
  /QLINKON Enables the Quantity Link plugin for Excel.
  /QLINKOFF Disables the Quantity Link plugin for Excel.
/latest Use the latest installed version of Bluebeam Administrator to execute the commandline.


  1. The /register command can be used to re-register the product with a different license (for example, when converting to an Enterprise License).
  2. When using the /setup command, values must be specified for all of the options or the settings will revert to defaults, with the exception of the /NCPATH, /JOPATH and /PREFSPATH options.
  3. The /IF parameter is additive. Sum the values of the plug-ins you want to enable. 1023 enables all plugins. Also note that Navisworks is tied to Revit.
  4. Enables plugins for Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint as well as Quantity Link for Excel.


Register with parameters as below to change your current Bluebeam licenses (note that command must be on a single line):

"%ProgramFiles%\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /register 19 1234567 ABCDE-5FGHIJK

Disable Office Plugins, leaving only the AutoCAD and Internet Explorer plugins enabled:

"%ProgramFiles%\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /setup /IF:34

Enable Office Plugins, but disable the Quantity Link plugin for Excel:

"%ProgramFiles%\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /setup /IF:1 /QLINKOFF

Deploying an updated set of Revu Preferences where all plugins except the Internet Explorer plugin need to remain enabled:

"%ProgramFiles%\Bluebeam Software\Bluebeam Revu\2019\Revu\PbMngr5.exe" /setup /IF:479 /PREFSPATH:"G:\Bluebeam Software\Settings\RevuPreferences.xml"

When doing this it is recommended that you delete everything else from the XML so as not to change any other settings.

In order for the preferences to merge, the modified date of the RevuPreferences file you push out must be newer than date of the UserPreferences.xml file for the user. If it isn’t, Revu will ignore the preferences so as not to overwrite newer settings with something that might be outdated. The UserPreferences get saved when Revu is closed.

When merging preferences, you need to add Merge=”True” (case sensitive) into the header of this RevuPreferences.xml file:

<RevuPreferenceDictionary Version="1" Merge="True">

Here's an example of pushing out only the setting to turn ON the File Access Preference "Toolbar Integration Only":

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<RevuPreferenceDictionary Version="1" Merge="True">





See the Revu Enterprise Installation Guide for more information.