Alternatives to InstallShield for all platforms with any license

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  • Inno Setup icon

    Inno Setup

    Inno Setup is a free installer for Windows programs. First introduced in 1997, Inno Setup today rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability.

    Open Source Windows

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    NSIS

    NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution. Being a...

    Open Source Windows

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    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...

    Freemium Windows

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    WiX

    The Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. The toolset supports a command line environment that developers may integrate into their build processes to build MSI and MSM...

    Open Source Windows

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  • InstallBuilder icon

    InstallBuilder

    Modern, easy to use crossplatform installation tool similar to InstallShield multiplatform and InstallAnywhere. It works across Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Free Licenses for open source projects.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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    Debreate

    Debreate is a utility to aid in building Debian packages (.deb). The goal behind Debreate is to make developing for Debian based Linux distributions more appealing, with an easy to use interface for packaging applications, artwork...

    Open Source Linux

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  • HM NIS EDIT icon

    HM NIS EDIT

    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...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 2.0.3, released in March 2005, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • ClickTeam Install Creator icon

    ClickTeam Install Creator

    Spend your time developing your creations not building the installers. Download the fully functional freeware version of Install Creator and create your first installation in less than one minute! Everything in one compressed...

    Freemium Windows

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  • InstallForge icon

    InstallForge

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

    Free Windows Linux

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  • Deb-o-Matic icon

    Deb-o-Matic

    Deb-o-Matic is an easy to use utility to build Debian source packages, meant to help developers to automate the building of their packages with a tool that requires limited user interaction and a simple configuration. It provides...

    Open Source Linux

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    IzPack

    IzPack is a one-stop solution for packaging, distributing and deploying applications. It is fully cross-platform and generates a single installer. As such, it is an alternative to native solutions such as platform-specific...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Java

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    Packin

    Packin is a graphical Linux package creator wizard which compiles packages in the popular debian package format (.deb files). Packin creates complete debian packages within four easy steps. Advanced options and latest specifications...

    Open Source Linux

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  • CreateInstall icon

    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...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Debian Package Maker icon

    Debian Package Maker

    DebianPackageMaker is a simple user interface/tool to make a debian package easier and straightforward to use and deploy your linux application to any debian based distro. Other pages: - Launchpad -...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued Last release in June 2008
  • Setup Factory icon

    Setup Factory

    Setup Factory Software Installer Builder for Windows. Advanced installer builder makes software installation programs for Windows. Award winning. Easy to Use.

    Commercial Windows

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  • Ubucompilator icon

    Ubucompilator

    Ubucompilator is a modern software written in Gambas for Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint and debian derivates to compile and make .debs packages easly, by a graphic way. Other project pages: - Sourceforge -...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued Last version 1.0, released May 2011, can be downloaded from Launchpad
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    DeployMaster

    DeployMaster is the no-nonsense software installer builder from Just Great Software. Deliver your applications to customers and prospects with a good first impression. Easy to use for both the developer and the end user.

    Commercial Windows

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  • DCP Setup Maker icon

    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.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Paquet Builder icon

    Paquet Builder

    Software between a Self-Extracting 7-Zip archive maker, and an advanced software installation generator. Featured-packed, it lets you create compact and fully-customized installers for professional file and software delivery.

    Commercial Windows

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    pkgcreator

    The main objective of this project is to simplify the creation of Debian packages by providing an utility that parses a simple YAML file and generate all the file structure, DEBIAN control files and freedesktop.org menus and icons...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.1svn30, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from Google Code Hosting
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    InstallAware

    InstallAware provides Windows Installer (MSI) authoring, MSI compression, and MSI repackaging solutions. Tools include: InstallAware for Windows Installer, Setup Squeezer for Windows Installer, and Setup Squeezer for InstallShield.

    Commercial Windows

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  • SharpSetup icon

    SharpSetup

    SharpSetup enables creation of highly flexible Windows Installer based setup solutions directly in Visual Studio. Dialog templates, controls and wizards that come with SharpSetup make creating installer an enjoyable experience.

    Free Personal Windows Microsoft Visual Studio

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  • Excelsior Installer icon

    Excelsior Installer

    Create setup packages in a matter of minutes Free software for people who need an easy way to make high-quality and convenient installers for Windows applications. Building a setup package requires only a few minutes to learn and...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued The product seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.2, released in September 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    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...

    Freemium Windows

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  • PACE Suite icon

    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. PACE is out-of-the-box solution that doesn't need...

    Commercial Windows

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  • EMCO MSI Package Builder icon

    EMCO MSI Package Builder

    This application allows you to create MSI packages manually using a visual editor or automatically using the capturing technology. Both approaches are easy-to-use and don't require any special training, so you can successfully use...

    Commercial Windows

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  • SFX Tool icon

    SFX Tool

    SFX Tool is a graphical user interface and script generator for the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. It allows the user to create simple setup files in minutes without writing a line of code. Advanced users may also edit the...

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued The project has been discontinued. Last version, 2006-01-28, can be still downloaded from SourceForge
  • Basic Setup Builder icon

    Basic Setup Builder

    Dont waste your time. Create your installer in minutes with Basic Setup Builder 1.0, a no script-based setup-maker with a fully integrated help system and step by step guides. With Basic Setup Builder 1.0 you can import all the...

    Commercial Windows

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  • MakeMSI icon

    MakeMSI

    MAKEMSI is a freeware tool which enables you to easily and reliably create low overhead "MSI" or "Windows Installer" based installers. Windows Installer is a Microsoft developed and backed installer format or...

    Free Windows

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    WinInstall

    WinINSTALL provides comprehensive PC lifecycle management, enabling you to automatically deploy, update, and manage software or security for desktops, servers, and notebook computers. With its unique Client Reset Template approach...

    Freemium Windows

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  • SamLogic Visual Installer icon

    SamLogic Visual Installer

    Visual Installer is a powerful but easy-to-use setup tool. You can create a distributable setup package and a visual setup wizard in minutes, without any programming. A created setup package can be deployed via a CD, DVD, USB stick or...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Deb-Creator icon

    Deb-Creator

    Deb-Creator is a tool to quickly create Debian packages. The program provides a simple graphical user interface written in C++ using Qt Creator. It uses the dpkg command in Linux to build the final Debian package. Other pages: -...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued Last release in February 2011
  • Easy RPM Builder icon

    Easy RPM Builder

    A tool for developers who want to make there application available as RPM packages. rpmbuild has to be installed and you should have a good idea how rpmbuild works. The templates will give you some help how to build your own rpm...

    Open Source Linux

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  • RPM Package Maker icon

    RPM Package Maker

    RPM Package Maker is a frontend for creating RPM packages quickly and easily. It requires root access.

    Open Source Linux

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InstallShield Comments

Inno Setup has hidden pitfalls

Negative Comment by jlk4sv
about InstallShield Mar 2012

As much as I hate InstallShield, I tried Inno Setup on a Windows 2008 Server R2 x64 machine and it was constantly quitting on me with no errors. Launch Inno Setup Compiler, select Example Scripts..., click OK, quit. Try the Wizard, it goes for a few steps, and quits. I checked the Event Viewer and there are some cryptic PCA2 notifications, but no info on why it quit.

Also, support for InnoSetup is hard to find. Unless someone can give me a workaround (I've tried Run as Admin) that keeps Inno Setup Compiler from constantly quitting, I just can't pursue it as an alternative. It looked like it would be really nice.

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