RemoveFile Element

Description
Remove a file(s) if the parent component is selected for installation or removal. Multiple files can be removed by specifying a wildcard for the value of the Name attribute. By default, the source directory of the file is the directory of the parent component. This can be overridden by specifying the Directory attribute with a value corresponding to the Id of the source directory, or by specifying the Property attribute with a value corresponding to a property that will have a value that resolves to the full path to the source directory.
Windows Installer references
RemoveFile Table
Parents
Component
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Children
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Attributes
Name Type Description Required
Id String Primary key used to identify this particular entry. Yes
Directory String Overrides the directory of the parent component with a specific Directory. This Directory must exist in the installer database at creation time. This attribute cannot be specified in conjunction with the Property attribute.  
LongName WildCardLongFileNameType This attribute has been deprecated; please use the Name attribute instead.  
Name WildCardLongFileNameType This value should be set to the localizable name of the file(s) to be removed. All of the files that match the wild card will be removed from the specified directory. The value is a filename that may also contain the wild card characters "?" for any single character or "*" for zero or more occurrences of any character. In prior versions of the WiX toolset, this attribute specified the short file name. This attribute's value may now be either a short or long file name. If a short file name is specified, the ShortName attribute may not be specified. If a long file name is specified, the LongName attribute may not be specified. Also, if this value is a long file name, the ShortName attribute may be omitted to allow WiX to attempt to generate a unique short file name. However, if you wish to manually specify the short file name, then the ShortName attribute may be specified. Yes
On InstallUninstallType This value determines the time at which the file(s) may be removed. For 'install', the file will be removed only when the parent component is being installed (msiInstallStateLocal or msiInstallStateSource); for 'uninstall', the file will be removed only when the parent component is being removed (msiInstallStateAbsent); for 'both', the file will be removed in both cases. Yes
Property String Overrides the directory of the parent component with the value of the specified property. The property should have a value that resolves to the full path of the source directory. The property does not have to exist in the installer database at creation time; it could be created at installation time by a custom action, on the command line, etc. This attribute cannot be specified in conjunction with the Directory attribute.  
ShortName WildCardShortFileNameType The short file name of the file in 8.3 format. This attribute should only be set if you want to manually specify the short file name.  
See Also
Wix Schema, CopyFile