WiX Toolset

The WiX Toolset

Integrates seamlessly

into build processes to create Windows installation packages.


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About the WiX toolset

The WiX toolset lets developers create installers for Windows Installer, the Windows installation engine.

  • The core of WiX is a set of build tools that build Windows Installer packages using the same build concepts as the rest of your product: source code is compiled and then linked to create executables; in this case .exe setup bundles, .msi installation packages, .msm merge modules, and .msp patches. The WiX command-line build tools work with any automated build system. Also, MSBuild is supported from the command line, Visual Studio, and Team Build.

  • WiX includes several extensions that offer functionality beyond that of Windows Installer. For example, WiX can install IIS web sites, create SQL Server databases, and register exceptions in the Windows Firewall, among others.

  • With Burn, the WiX bootstrapper, you can create setup bundles that install prerequisites like the .NET Framework and other runtimes along with your own product. Burn lets you download packages or combine them into a single downloadable .exe.

  • The WiX SDK includes managed and native libraries that make it easier to write code that works with Windows Installer, including custom actions in both C# and C++.

Recent news

  • WiX v3.10.3 released 2016/07/04

    WiX v3.10.3 includes the mitigations in WiX v3.10.2 for a serious Windows vulnerability affecting all bundles and fixes for regressions introduced with the mitigations. We strongly recommend you upgrade to WiX v3.10.3 as soon as possible. You can read more on Rob's blog and Bob's blog.

  • WiX toolset joins the .NET Foundation 2016/05/04

    With thanks to the Outercurve Foundation for all they have done for us, the WiX toolset joins the .NET Foundation. Read more about the move on Rob's blog.

  • WiX Toolset has a new Committer 2016/04/19

    Sean Hall joins Rob Mensching and Bob Arnson as the third committer to the WiX Toolset. Read more about Sean's accomplishment on on Rob's blog.

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Other sources of news

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