Working in Visual Studio

The Visual Studio WiX toolset allows you to easily create WiX projects, edit WiX files using IntelliSense, and compile/link your project within the Visual Studio IDE. The WiX Visual Studio plug-in supports VS2005, VS2008, and VS2010.

For WiX project types, see WiX Project Types.

For WiX item templates, see WiX Item templates.

For the WiX property pages, see WiX Project property pages.

For hints on how to read the default WiX project template, see WiX Project Template.

You can create and build Windows Installer packages using WiX within the Visual Studio IDE. In this section, we will cover the basics of creating a simple setup using Visual Studio and WiX.

Alternatively, you may also use WiX on the command line by calling the tools directly or using MSBuild.