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Installer Creation Utilities

Say you’re ready to release a brand new piece of software into the world, and you want it to be as accessible as possible. The most important thing after being easy to download is being easy to install. That’s where these utilities come in to play! From Windows-based solutions like Inno Setup, to Linux-based .deb installer creators such as Debreate, there several solutions to creating easy-to-use installers for your new app!

  1. 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.
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  2. 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.


  3. 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 setup packages.
  4. 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.
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    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    install4j is a powerful multi-platform Java installer builder that generates native installers and application launchers for Java applications.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Java
    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 installers and package managers.
  5. A very simplistic and streamlined program for creating installation files.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    WixSharp enables creating MSI files or WiX source code by using C# source code. Upon execution, the C# code is transformed into a MSI file or WiX source code. Thanks to C# features such as inheritance, it becomes easy to create installers.
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  6. 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.
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    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    Master Packager is an application packaging tool to create and edit Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) files and repackage other installation to MSI format.
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  7. 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.
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  8. 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, media, themes, etc.
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    • Windows
    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.
  9. 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.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    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.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 2.0.3, released in March 2005, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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