NSIS Alternatives

    NSIS is described as '(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' and is a popular app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to NSIS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Wine. The best alternative is Inno Setup, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like NSIS are WiX (Free, Open Source), Advanced Installer (Freemium), install4j (Paid) and Venis GUI for NSIS (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 20, 2021

    1. RPM Package Maker is a frontend for creating RPM packages quickly and easily. It requires root access.
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    2. Visual Installer brings latest installation technology to you and your customers. Next Generation Installation Experience with animated UI based on WPF Highly customizable Based on latest WiX Toolset technology
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    3. Alien is a program that converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede slp, and slackware tgz file formats.
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    4. Linux GUI installer for audiences that are used to Windows installers. Imitates the look-and-feel of NSIS/Wizard97.
    5. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Easy gui to build rpm package from binary (developed and tested on Fedora 18). Attention: This software can run also on windows but works only for linux!
    6. Squirrel is both a set of tools and a library, to completely manage both installation and updating your Desktop Windows application, written in either C# or any other language (i.e., Squirrel can manage native C++ applications).
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    7. NDJS uses NWJS or Electron to create visually appealing software installers while using the NPM and Bower eco-systems. Develop with your favorite web IDE and enjoy full debugging and testing capabilities


      Website is down as of 2016-07-12.

    8. A RAD Studio (Delphi and C++ Builder) extension for creating NSIS and Inno Setup installers.
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    9. Nixstaller is an Open Source project with the goal to create user friendly and flexible installers that work on various UNIX like systems. Some of Nixstaller's features: Installers will be able to run on many common UNIX systems.
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