A lot of gamers are troubled by the MTG Arena invalid command line error when trying to start the game. Don’t worry. This post of MiniTool explores 3 proven ways to fix invalid command line MTG Arena quickly.

MTG Arena, short for Magic: The Gathering Arena, is a free-to-play digital collectible card game developed and published by Wizards of the Coast. Since its release, this game has attracted lots of players. Sometimes, however, the game also runs into various errors such as MTG Arena get thread context failed, MTG Arena won't launch, and the one discussed in this post.

According to user reports, the MTG Arena invalid command line error can occur each time they try to start the game. Although there is still no official fix released by its developers, many users posted some proven methods in the Reddit forum to solve the MTGA invalid command line error. Here we summarize them as follows and provide detailed steps.

Error: "invalid command line". As the title suggests, I am getting this error every time I try to start the game. It was running fine this morning then seemingly out of nowhere I am getting this error. Can anyone tell me how to fix this?


MTG Arena invalid command line

# 1. Clean Reinstall the Game

Clean reinstalling the game is one of the most command troubleshooting methods proven by many players to be useful. To reinstall the game completely, you need to uninstall the game from Programs and Features and delete all entries in Registry Editor. Here’s how to fix the MTGA launcher invalid command line via reinstalling the game.

Step 1. Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box, and then type appwiz.cpl in the box and hit Enter.

open Programs and Features window via the Run box

Step 2. Scroll down the list of installed programs to find Magic: The Gathering Arena, and then right-click it and select Uninstall. Then follow the on-screen prompts to complete the uninstallation.

Step 3. Open the Run dialog box again, and then type regedit in it and hit Enter. Then click on Yes to confirm this operation.


The following steps will clean everything related to the game. It is a risky process, so we highly recommend you back up your Registry in case anything goes wrong.

Step 4. In the Registry Editor window, locate the following path via the left navigation bar.


Step 5. With the Software folder selected in the left panel, locate the MTG Arena subfolder and delete all contents of the folder.

Once you uninstall the game completely, visit the official website of the game to download and install it. After that, you can start the game and see if the MTG invalid command line error disappears.

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# 2. Run the MTGAinstaller from the Temporary Folder

Some users from the Reddit forum reported that they managed to get the Magic Arena invalid command line error solved by running the installer in the Temp folder. It’s worth having a try.

a user report from the Reddit forum

Step 1. Open the Run box, and then type %temp% in it and hit Enter.

Step 2. Inside the Temp folder, find the MTGAinstaller file, double click to run it, and see if it can fix the MTG Arena command line error.

# 3. Check for the Firewall or Antivirus Interference

Some other players find that their Windows Firewall blocks certain entries of the game, which may trigger the invalid command line MTG Arena error. In this case, you can try adding the game to the whitelist of your Firewall and antivirus software.

Step 1. Type firewall in the search box and then select the Windows Defender Firewall from the context menu.

Step 2. Click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall from the left pane.

Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall

Step 3. Click on Change Settings, and then tick the checkboxes for MTG Arena from the list of programs. Be sure to tick the checkboxes for both Private and Public and click on OK to save changes.

For Avast, you can read this post to add the game to the exclusion list. For AVG, navigate to Home > Settings > Components > Web Shield > Exceptions to add the game to the whitelist. For Kaspersky, navigate to Home > Settings > Additional > Threats and Exclusions > Exclusions > Specify Trusted Applications > Add.

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