The WiX toolset lets developers create installers for Windows Installer, the Windows installation engine. * The core of WiX is a set of build tools that build Windows Installer packages using the same build concepts as the rest of your product: source code is compiled and then linked to create executables; in this case .exe setup bundles, .msi installation packages, .msm merge modules, and .msp patches. The WiX command-line build tools work with any automated build system. Also, MSBuild is supported from the command line, Visual Studio, and Team Build. * WiX includes several extensions that offer functionality beyond that of Windows Installer. For example, WiX can install IIS web sites, create SQL Server databases, and register exceptions in the Windows Firewall, among others. * With

WiX alternatives

  • Advanced Installer

  • Advanced Installer is a powerful and easy to use setup authoring tool which offers full Windows Installer support and more. You can configure every aspect of your installer through a simple graphical user interface or through its command line.

    tags: build-msi install-creator msi
  • Wix#

  • Wix# answers many MSI authoring challenges. It solves the common MSI/WiX authoring limitations in a very elegant and yet unorthodox way. Wix# follows the steps of other transcompilers like Script#, CoffeeScript or GWT by using source code of a more manageable syntax (C# in this case) to produce the desired source code of a less manageable syntax (WiX). A "more manageable syntax" in this context means less verbose and more readable code, better compile-time error checking and availability of more advanced tools. »

    tags: installer-maker msi wix
  • CreateInstall

  • Professional installer software is an essential component for any software developer. The ideology behind the CreateInstall installer is based on two main principles. Complete control over the installation process and unlimited scalability. If you want to know what your installation package does step by step and want to it to perform certain operations at certain times, CreateInstall is your choice. If other installers lack some features, it is highly probable that these features are already implemented or can be implemented in CreateInstall. Your requirements for your installation packages may change, but CreateInstall will not limit them. »

    tags: software-installation install-creator setup
  • IzPack

  • IzPack is a one-stop solution for packaging, distributing and deploying applications.

    tags: install-creator package-management software-installation
  • InstallShield

  • InstallShield is designed to enable development teams to be more agile, collaborative and flexible when building reliable InstallScript and Windows Installer (MSI) installations for PCs, servers, Web and virtual applications. InstallShield is the only software installer that can directly convert MSIs to Microsoft App-V virtual packages.

    tags: install-creator msi exe
  • InstallBuilder

  • BitRock InstallBuilder is a multiplatform installer development and automatic update tool that makes it easy to package and deliver updates to crossplatform software.

    tags: customizable java multiplatform share-files software-installation
  • InstallForge

  • InstallForge is a very easy-to-use and flexible tool for creating fast installation packages for Windows.

    tags: WINE install-creator setup-wizard
  • DCP Setup Maker

  • Powerful simple-to-use application to generate stable and multi-platform installers.Its intuitive user interface and exceptional ease of use makes it very easy to build complex desktop or web installers with large amounts of files.

    tags: Portable WINE chocolatey cross-platform install-creator

  • HM NIS Edit is the best Editor/IDE for NSIS . It's useful for experts and beginners in the creation of Setup programs with the NSIS. Its Script Wizard will help you to create standard Setup programs with only few clicks, also its InstallOptions designer will help you to create your own custom pages with a friendly drag and drop interface.

    tags: Discontinued Portable ide install-creator installer-builder
  • PACE Suite

  • PACE Suite is an advanced software packaging tool with intuitive user interface and set of features providing (re)packaging in Windows installer and various virtualization formats. As an alternative to Wise Package Studio, PACE is out-of-the-box solution that doesn't need post-install configuration and additional training. Among the key features are:- Repackaging any installation to MSI/MST/App-V/ThinApp- Creating new MSI packages- Publishing MSI packages to SCCM- Editing App-V 5.x packages- Automatically records all your on-screen actions into a nice looking document with screenshots and annotations- Package complexity estimation - All of the components of PACE Suite are portable applications and can be launched on any physical or virtual machine, locally or from a network share »

    tags: Portable app-packaging build-msi install-creator msi-editor
  • InstallSimple

  • InstallSimple - installation package maker that lets you create installer for your files.

    tags: install-creator installation-wizard installer-builder
  • CyberInstaller Suite

  • CyberInstaller Suite is a packetization and installation software, oriented to every kind of developer. Thus, it can be applied to any language or development environment (.Net, C++, C#, Delphi, Java, PHP, Visual Basic, etc.) and can be used either by the occasional programmer (free version), or by the professional developer (registered version). The Free version is completely free of charge and allows you to distribute your own software in the easiest and cheapest possible way. CyberInstaller Suite (CIS) highlights itself from other installers for being very easy to use and for the many features and the great versatility offered. »

    tags: software-installation install-creator cis
  • Centurion Setup

  • After putting a lot of effort into your software, it's time to distribute it. Don't spend weeks wrestling with a complicated installation builder when you are so close to being done. Centurion Setup is extremely easy to use, and you can have a professional installation program built in minutes. The installer is self-contained in a single compressed executable file, and runs on all versions of Windows. Centurion Setup is simple to learn, but also feature rich, with support for uninstallation, multiple languages, interface customization, license agreements, readme files, file associations, DOS batch operations, DLL installation, automated installations, device drivers, patches, expiration dates, shared files, command line building, password protection, and much more. Don't stumble over scripts - hit the finish line running! »

    tags: install-creator installation-builder installation-creator installation-maker installer-builder