Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Create Windows installers with open source NSIS


You can create Windows installers with NSIS that are capable of installing, uninstalling, setting system settings, and extracting files etc. Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS) is a professional open source system.

Other installers add hundreds of kilobytes or several megabytes to your installer data. But NSIS add only 34 kilobytes to your installer data. With NSIS, you can create a single installer that is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista.

Features of NSIS:

Generates self-contained executable installers
Support for ZLib, BZip2 and LZMA data compression
Uninstall support
Classic and Modern wizard interface
Support for multiple languages in one installer. More than 40 translations are already available.
You can add standard wizard pages or custom pages
Multiple install configurations (usually Minimal, Typical, Full), and custom configuration
Installer self-verification using a CRC32 checksum
Ability to display a license agreement in text or RTF format
Ability to detect destination directory from the registry
Installers can be as large as 2GB
A lovely coding experience with elements of PHP and assembly.

Download NSIS


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