List of installation software

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The following is a list of applications for building installation programs, organized by platform support.


Name Developer Platforms Status License
InstallBuilder VMware, Inc. Windows NT, macOS, Unix-like Active Multiple (Trialware and Free License for Valid Open Source Projects)
InstallAnywhere Flexera Software Windows NT, macOS, Unix-like Active Trialware
Installer VISE MindVision Software Windows, Mac OS X Discontinued Trialware
InstallJammer InstallJammer team Windows, Linux, Unix-like Discontinued GPL
NSIS Nullsoft Windows ,Mac OS X, Linux Active Multiple (free software licenses, primarily the zlib license.[1])


Name Developer Status License Can build
Windows Installer
Can build MSIX
Can Capture ?
Advanced Installer Caphyon Active Trialware Yes Yes Yes
EMCO MSI Package Builder EMCO Software Active Trialware Yes Yes
IExpress Microsoft (Part of Windows) Active Freeware (proprietary) No
Inno Setup Jordan Russell and Martijn Laan Active Modified BSD license No
Install Creator Clickteam Active Trialware No
InstallCore InstallCore[2] Discontinued Software as a service No
InstallShield Flexera Software Active Trialware Yes Yes No
AdminStudio Flexera Software Active Trialware Yes Yes Yes
Actual Installer Softeza Active Trialware No
PACE Suite Infopulse Active Trialware Yes Yes Yes
MakeMsi Dennis Bareis Discontinued Freeware (proprietary) Yes; exclusively
Nullsoft Scriptable Install System Nullsoft Active zlib License No
Visual Installer SamLogic Active Trialware No
Orca (Part of Windows SDK) Microsoft Active Freeware (proprietary) Yes; exclusively
Wise Wise Solutions, Inc. Discontinued Non-free No
WiX Outercurve Foundation Active Ms-RL (previously CPL) Yes; exclusively Yes No
InstallForge Solicus Active Freeware (proprietary) No


Name Developer Status License
Installer Apple Inc. Active Included with macOS
Remote Install Mac OS X Apple Inc. Discontinued Included with Mac OS X


Name Developer Status License
InstallerLG Ola Söder Active AROS Public License
Installer Commodore International Discontinued Included with AmigaOS

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NSIS licence page". NSIS.
  2. ^ "Installcore installation platform".