Thursday, 4 April 2013

Free Alternatives to WISE Installer and Installshield


I have seen in the job ads that experiencing packaging applications is highly sought after. MSIs are the default Windows installer file type and the most popular programs used to package with are WISE and Installshield. However, they cost around $1,000!

So I've looked at free alternatives. So far the best I've been recommended are the following:


Inno
NSIS
Wix
Setup Factory

 Time to evaluate...no doubt companies will still be biased towards commercial software but learning how to use these free/open source programs sure can't hurt.

2 comments:

  1. WISE was end of lifed by Altiris years ago. And InstallShield now comes in a free version (bundled with MS Visual Studio) and a lower cost version - InstallShield Express - $649 on their website.

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  2. Thank you so much for this info. I have been trying to get a simple installer for visual studio express programs for a while. Inno is perfect and it is free, very easy to use with a professional installation interface. I will make a donation to them. Setup Factory is just a free trial.

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