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Create Software Installer using NSIS and HM NIS Edit

NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) should be no stranger for everyone. It is my number 1 choice when I want to create software installer.


NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) is a professional open source system to create Windows installers. It is designed to be as small and flexible as possible and is therefore very suitable for internet distribution.

However to write NSIS script you may need to learn and understand NSIS scripting. HM NIS Edit comes to the rescue. HM NIS Edit is the best Editor/IDE for Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS). It is useful for experts and beginners in the creation of Setup programs with the NSIS. Its Script Wizard will help you to create standard Setup programs with only few clicks, also its InstallOptions designer will help you to create your own custom pages with a friendly drag and drop interface.

Features quoted from the website,

  • Multiple scripts edition and compilation interface (MDI).
  • Translatable interface to any language (available in English, Spanish, Polish, French, Czech, Italian, Russian, Greek, German, Chinese, Ukrainian, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean).
  • Syntax highlighting with customizable colors and text attributes.
  • Wizard (special for beginner) that will guide for all steps to create a standard Windows Setup program.
  • InstallOptions Designer.
  • Script creation from template files.
  • Code templates with most common commands.
  • Basic NSIS command help with only move the mouse cursor over a command in the editor.
  • Advanced NSIS command help pressing F1 key.
  • Execution of the generate Setup program after script compilation (to try the setup program).
  • Plugins support.
  • No need bulky OCX or run time libraries.

Another alternative is EclipseNSIS. EclipseNSIS is a plugin for the Eclipse platform which enables editing, compiling and testing Nullsoft Installer (NSIS) scripts. The EclipseNSIS InstallOptions Editor plugin is an add-on to EclipseNSIS which enables editing of InstallOptions scripts.

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