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    InstallShield Alternatives

    InstallShield is described as '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' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to InstallShield for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Wine and BSD. The best alternative is Inno Setup, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like InstallShield are NSIS (Free, Open Source), Advanced Installer (Freemium), WiX (Free, Open Source) and IzPack (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 11, 2022
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    InstallShield is designed to enable development teams to be more agile, collaborative and flexible when building reliable...
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      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.
      Inno Setup vs InstallShield opinions
      Most users think Inno Setup is a great alternative to InstallShield.
      was able to create setup for an app in less than 2 mins
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      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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      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.
    1. 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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      WiX is a website designer, not a Windows application installer.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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


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      A very simplistic and streamlined program for creating installation files.
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      install4j is a powerful multi-platform Java installer builder that generates native installers and application launchers for Java applications.
      • FreemiumProprietary
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      Easy-to-use software installer program for 32 & 64-bit Windows applications. Actual Installer Free & Professional Editions. Supports all installation features - Install, Update, Uninstall.
    2. 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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      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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