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Open Source Advanced Installer Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Advanced Installer is Inno Setup. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Advanced Installer and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Advanced Installer are NSIS, WiX, IzPack and Makeself.

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  • Windows

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    Inno Setup

    • Windows
    • Wine
    54 alternatives to 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.

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    NSIS

    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    54 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Support for scriptingNSIS supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    2.  PortableNSIS can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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      WiX

      40 alternatives to 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 setup packages.

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      1.  Command line interfaceWiX either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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      IzPack

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Java
      33 alternatives to IzPack 

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

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      Makeself

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      36 alternatives to Makeself 

      makeself.sh is a small shell script that generates a self-extractable tar.gz archive from a directory. The resulting file appears as a shell script (many of those have a .run suffix), and can be launched as is.

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      Wix#

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      21 alternatives to Wix# 

      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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      HM NIS EDIT

      • Windows
      • PortableApps.com
      39 alternatives to 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 programs with only few clicks, also its...

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      1.  PortableHM NIS EDIT can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
        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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        DCP Setup Maker

        • Mac
        • Windows
        • Linux
        • Wine
        15 alternatives to 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.

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        1.  PortableDCP Setup Maker can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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        SFX Tool

        • FreeOpen Source
        • Windows
        42 alternatives to 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 install script before it is compiled.

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        Discontinued

        The project has been discontinued. Last version, 2006-01-28, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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        MSI Downloader

        • FreeOpen Source
        • Windows
        7 alternatives to MSI Downloader 

        This new tool will not only be providing the easy to find MSI installers, but also the hard to find ones and in some cases, the impossible to find ones - ones where we will create the MSI installers for them!.

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