WiX Alternatives for Linux

Making an easy-to-use and easy to understand installer for the most popular family of operating systems sounds daunting, but there are plenty of options to make just that happen. WiX just so happens to be one of those options.

Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code.

Though it is a handy way to easily create msi installers, it lacks customization to allow your app's installer reflect the user interface experience your software may otherwise provide. There are alternatives to WiX that can provide you support for this customization.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 12/7/2015 12:29:00 PM

Alternatives to WiX for Linux with any license

  • IzPack

    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. IzPack-generated installers only require a Java virtual machine to run. Many companies and projects have been using IzPack over the years.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Java

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  • Makeself

    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. The archive will then uncompress itself to a temporary directory and an optional arbitrary command will be executed (for example an installation script). This is pretty similar to archives generated with WinZip Self-Extractor in the Windows world.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • DCP Setup Maker

    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.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Wine

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  • install4j

    install4j is a powerful multi-platform Java installer builder that generates native installers and application launchers for Java applications.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • NDJS framework

    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

    • Discontinued Website is down as of 2016-07-12.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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