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...

    Open Source Windows

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  • NSIS icon

    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...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

  • 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 configure every aspect of your...

    Freemium Windows

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  • WiX icon

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Open Source Linux

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    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...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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    • 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...

    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...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Packin icon

    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...

    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...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Java

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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....

    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...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Discontinued Last release in June 2008

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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