With the release of Visual Studio 2017 just around the corner, the team at FireGiant came through and produced a preview of the WiX Toolset Visual Studio 2017 Extension. We'll have more information about our changing support for Visual Studio when the WiX v3.11 release candidate drops next week. Today you can try out the VS2017 Extension preview.
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.
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.
Due to an extended outage at SourceForge, the FireGiant team stood up standalone mailing lists for the WiX Toolset overnight. Moving our mailing lists off of SourceForge has been on our wish list for a long time, so a huge thanks to FireGiant for doing this for us on short notice. Sign up for the new lists as per our documentation.
The source code for the WiX Toolset can now be found on GitHub.com. Stable releases are still downloaded from CodePlex but we recommend using the download links from the Releases page which will point to the correct location should the downloads move.
This week the the WiX website was down due to a software failure in the server's RAID controller. Fortunately the software was fixed and all data was restored. Thank you for your patience as we worked to bring the site back up.
Earlier this week the the WiX website suffered a catastrophic hardware failure. The website is now back up but the issue tracker and recent releases are still offline. Follow the @wixtoolset for future updates.
It was 9 years ago today that the WiX toolset was released as Open Source. Thank you for your participation and we look forward to many more years!
On his blog, Rob reflects on the different generations of developers that built the WiX toolset and asks are you the next?
WiX v3.7.1119.0 was released as Release Candidate. Overall the WiX toolset is now feature complete and very stable. Rob posted his thoughts on the release candidate. Please upgrade and help us verify the release quality.
WiX v3.6.2928.0 was released as Release Candidate. Overall the WiX toolset is now feature complete and very stable. Rob posted his thoughts on the release candidate. Please upgrade and help us verify the release quality.
WiX v3.6.2803.0 was released as Release Candidate Zero. Visual Studio 11 is supported and Burn is very stable. Rob posted his thoughts on the remaining work. Please upgrade and help us track down the remaining bugs.
Rob posted an update on the progress of WiX v3.6.
Unfortunately, a crashing bug was found in Votive so the escrow build was reset. WiX v3.5.2403.0 is the new escrow build. Again, this could be our final build so upgrade and help us find any showstoppers.
WiX v3.5.2325.0 is now in escrow. This could be our final build so upgrade and help us find any showstoppers. Rob posted more information on his blog.
WiX v3.5 and v3.6 are both making slow but steady progress. Rob posted detailed analysis on his blog.
The WiX v3.6 toolset now installs itself using its new bootstrapper technology called Burn. Rob walks through the highlights on his blog.
Visual Studio 2010 support is key in WiX v3.5. To better meet those needs Rob describes some changes on his blog.
The WiX Working Group and the Visual Studio team are pleased to announce that Votive integration in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available in WiX v3.5. We encourage all Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 users to upgrade to the latest build of WiX v3.5 to try out the feature. You can download it from http://wixtoolset.org/downloads/v3.5/stable.
The WiX Working Group is pleased to announced that the WiX v3.0 RC2 build (v3.0.5217.0) is now available. We encourage all users to upgrade to this build for the latest fixes and to verify how ready WiX v3.0 is for release. For more information, see Highlights of WiX v3.0.5217.0 and the release notes. You can download it from http://wix.sourceforge.net/releases/3.0.5217.0/ or from the WiX SourceForge.net releases page.
The WiX Working Group is pleased to announced that the WiX v3.0 'beta exit' build (v3.0.4805.0) is now available. We encourage all users to upgrade to this build for the latest fixes and to verify how ready WiX v3.0 is for release. For more information, see Rob's announcement, Bob's follow-up, and Highlights of WiX v3.0.4805.0. You can download it from http://wix.sourceforge.net/releases/3.0.4805.0/ or from the WiX SourceForge.net releases page.
To help prevent spam on the WiX mailing lists, you must now subscribe to the lists before you can send e-mail to them. See the mailing list page for more information.
The WiX toolset status has been upgraded to Production/Stable to recognize the final build of WiX v2 (2.0.5805.0). See http://robmensching.com/blog/archive/2008/02/17/WiX-toolset-on-SourceForge-marked-ProductionStable.aspx for more information.
There has been some suggestion that the WiX toolset is a dead project because we have not released a drop to the SourceForge release point in a long while. Those fears are unfounded for three reasons. First, WiX v2 is stable so we are not expecting another build of that version unless a showstopper bug shows up. Second, weekly drops show up at the Weekly Releases release point regularly. Finally, pushing to the SourceForge release point is a manual process for us and ends up a lower priority. In any case, development is still very much active and the wix-users mailing list is still the best place to get your questions answered.
Visual Studio 2008 has recently released and we are happy to announce that Votive is supported in both Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008. You can also install Votive side by side on both versions of Visual Studio. Support for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 was added in build 3.0.3328 (which also works for Visual Studio 2008 RTM) and the final Visual Studio 2008 RTM bits are in a build >= 3.0.3607, which is available on the weekly releases page.
After many months of being deprecated, its time to say goodbye (builds >= 3.0.2716.0). All FragmentRef's will need to be converted to one of the supported reference elements in WiX 3.0. Examples of these are ComponentRef, FeatureRef, PropertyRef, or CustomActionRef among others.
Many people have asked what's new in WiX version 3. Here is a list of things that have already been done and things that are still in the works.
A brand new version of Votive has been released in the v3 branch (builds >= 3.0.2120.0). Click here for a list of new features.
On the right you will now see a link to our Weekly Releases. The best way to stay current is to check there each Wednesday around noon PST for the latest build of the WiX toolset.
ClickThrough is a new tool built on the core WiX toolset. It provides a GUI to create simple MSI files that auto-update over an RSS feed.
The first official WiX web site is now online. Content is a bit scarce initially, but we expect to add a lot more in the near future.