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InstallShield 2008 Interface. This model of IDE is still used until the current version.
Original author(s) Viresh Bhatia and Rick Harold
Developer(s) Flexera Software
Stable release 2014 / May 15, 2014; 20 months ago (2014-05-15)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Setup Creator
License Shareware

InstallShield is a proprietary closed-source software tool for creating installers or software packages. InstallShield is primarily used for installing software for Microsoft Windows desktop and server platforms, but it can also be used to manage software applications and packages on a variety of handheld and mobile devices.


InstallShield generates a .msi file which can be used on the destination computer in order to install the payloads from the source computer where it was created. It is possible to specify questions, set prerequisites and registry settings that the user will be able to choose at the installation time.


From 1992, InstallShield was developed by Stirling Technologies, founded by Viresh Bhatia and Rick Harold. Stirling Technologies later renamed itself InstallShield Corporation and continued to operate under the new name until Macrovision acquired the business in 2004.

Limited feature releases of InstallShield were bundled with popular software development packages such as Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 (InstallShield Professional 5.0), Borland Delphi 2.0-2006 (InstallShield Express 1-4) and Borland C++Builder 1-6 (InstallShield Express 1-3.5).

On April 1, 2008, the Macrovision Software Business Unit (including the InstallShield brand) was sold to private equity firm Thoma Cressey Bravo, forming a new company: Acresso Software Corporation.[1] In October 2009, Acresso changed its name to Flexera Software.[2]

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