Open Source WiX Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to WiX is Inno Setup, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to WiX and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to WiX are NSIS (Free, Open Source), IzPack (Free, Open Source), Wix# (Free, Open Source) and Makeself (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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      • 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.
      • 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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      • 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. Powerful simple-to-use application to generate stable and multi-platform installers. Its intuitive user interface and exceptional ease of use makes it very easy to build complex desktop or web installers with large amounts of files.
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      • 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      SFX Tool is a graphical user interface and script generator for the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. It allows the user to create simple setup files in minutes without writing a line of code. Advanced users may also edit the install script before it is compiled.

      Discontinued

      The project has been discontinued. Last version, 2006-01-28, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      This new tool will not only be providing the easy to find MSI installers, but also the hard to find ones and in some cases, the impossible to find ones - ones where we will create the MSI installers for them!.
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    4. 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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