Effing Package Management! Alternatives

    Effing Package Management! is described as 'The packaging formats used by different distributions of Linux can be a pain point for software developers wishing to release their projects in an easily consumable way. Debian and Ubuntu rely on .deb packages, while Fedora and RedHat both use .rpm style packaging systems' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Effing Package Management! for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, PortableApps.com and Wine. The best alternative is Inno Setup, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Effing Package Management! are NSIS (Free, Open Source), Makeself (Free, Open Source), CreateInstall (Freemium) and Debreate (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 17, 2017

    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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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!
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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.
      • 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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    6. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      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.
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