Squirrel.Windows Alternatives

    Squirrel.Windows is described as '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)' and is a Software Installer in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Squirrel.Windows for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Wine, Mac and Java. The best alternative is Inno Setup, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Squirrel.Windows are NSIS (Free, Open Source), Bat to Exe Converter (Free), WiX (Free, Open Source) and IzPack (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 15, 2021
    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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    3. Bat To Exe Converter can convert BAT (.bat) script files to the EXE (.exe) format.

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    4. 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.
      • 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.
    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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    6. 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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    7. 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.
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