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    Inno Setup Alternatives

    Inno Setup is described as 'free installer for Windows programs. First introduced in 1997, Inno Setup today rivals and even surpasses many commercial installers in feature set and stability' and is a popular Software Installer in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Inno Setup for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is NSIS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Inno Setup are Bat to Exe Converter (Free), WiX (Free, Open Source), IzPack (Free, Open Source) and Advanced Installer (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Sep 27, 2021

    1. 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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      NSIS vs Inno Setup opinions
      Some users think NSIS is a great alternative to Inno Setup, some don't.
      fuct If you want a scriptable installer with script syntax, NSIS is great and very flexible with strong community support.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    2. Bat To Exe Converter can convert BAT (.bat) script files to the EXE (.exe) format.

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    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.
      WiX vs Inno Setup opinions
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      Inno Setup has got a graphical Interface, WiX not.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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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.
      Most users think IzPack is a great alternative to Inno Setup.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      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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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Easy-to-use software installer program for 32 & 64-bit Windows applications. Actual Installer Free & Professional Editions. Supports all installation features - Install, Update, Uninstall.
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    4. Venis is a, NOW 100% FREE, Visual Environment for Nullsoft Install System (NSIS). The Venis IX environment makes creating and maintaining NSIS install scripts quick and easy.
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    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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