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...

    Open Source Windows

  • NSIS icon


    NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as...

    Open Source Windows

  • InstallBuilder icon


    Modern, easy to use crossplatform installation tool similar to InstallShield multiplatform and InstallAnywhere. It works across Linux...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Advanced Installer icon

    Advanced Installer

    Advanced Installer is a powerful and easy to use setup authoring tool which offers full Windows Installer support and more. You can...

    Freemium Windows

  • WiX icon


    The Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. The toolset supports a...

    Open Source Windows

  • HM NIS EDIT icon

    HM NIS EDIT Discontinued

    HM NIS Edit is the best Editor/IDE for NSIS . It's useful for experts and beginners in the...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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...

    Freemium Windows

  • InstallForge icon


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

    Free Windows Linux

  • IzPack icon


    IzPack is a one-stop solution for packaging, distributing and deploying applications. It is fully cross-platform and generates a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Java

  • Debreate icon


    Debreate is a utility to aid in building Debian packages (.deb). The goal behind Debreate is to make developing for Debian based Linux...

    Open Source Linux

  • Deb-o-Matic icon


    Deb-o-Matic is an easy to use utility to build Debian source packages, meant to help developers to automate the building of their...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Packin icon


    Packin is a graphical Linux package creator wizard which compiles packages in the popular debian package format (.deb files). Packin...

    Open Source Linux

  • CreateInstall icon


    Professional installer software is an essential component for any software developer. The ideology behind the CreateInstall installer...

    Freemium Windows

  • Debian Package Maker icon

    Debian Package Maker Discontinued

    DebianPackageMaker is a simple user interface/tool to make a debian package easier and straightforward to use and deploy your linux...

    Open Source Linux

  • Setup Factory icon

    Setup Factory

    Setup Factory Software Installer Builder for Windows. Advanced installer builder makes software installation programs for Windows....

    Commercial Windows

  • Ubucompilator icon

    Ubucompilator Discontinued

    Ubucompilator is a modern software written in Gambas for Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint and debian derivates to compile and make .debs...

    Open Source Linux

  • DeployMaster icon


    DeployMaster is the no-nonsense software installer builder from Just Great Software. Deliver your applications to customers and...

    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...

    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...

    Commercial Windows

  • InstallAware icon


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

    Commercial Windows

  • pkgcreator icon

    pkgcreator Discontinued

    The main objective of this project is to simplify the creation of Debian packages by providing an utility that parses a simple YAML...

    Open Source Linux

  • SharpSetup icon


    SharpSetup enables creation of highly flexible Windows Installer based setup solutions directly in Visual Studio. Dialog templates...

    Free Personal Windows Microsoft Visual Studio

  • Excelsior Installer icon

    Excelsior Installer Discontinued

    Create setup packages in a matter of minutes Free software for people who need an easy way to make high-quality and convenient...

    Freemium Windows

  • CyberInstaller Suite icon

    CyberInstaller Suite

    CyberInstaller Suite is a packetization and installation software, oriented to every kind of developer. Thus, it can be applied to any...

    Freemium Windows

  • SFX Tool icon

    SFX Tool Discontinued

    SFX Tool is a graphical user interface and script generator for the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. It allows the user to create...

    Open Source Windows

  • 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....

    Commercial Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • MakeMSI icon


    MAKEMSI is a freeware tool which enables you to easily and reliably create low overhead "MSI" or "Windows...

    Free Windows

  • WinInstall icon


    WinINSTALL provides comprehensive PC lifecycle management, enabling you to automatically deploy, update, and manage software or...

    Freemium Windows

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • Deb-Creator icon

    Deb-Creator Discontinued

    Deb-Creator is a tool to quickly create Debian packages. The program provides a simple graphical user interface written in C++ using...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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...

    Open Source Linux

  • 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

  • Makeself icon

    Makeself is a small shell script that generates a self-extractable tar.gz archive from a directory. The resulting file appears as a...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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.

  • James