InstallAware Prices Going Up 20% Past Friday

We haven’t had to raise prices at InstallAware for four years.
However, now we must better reflect the value of our software (1).
A 20% increase across all our product lines takes effect this Friday.

(1) Here’s a glance at some of the major innovations we’ve introduced during the past four years:

  • Windows 11 and Visual Studio (2020): Only InstallAware lets you target Microsoft’s ever growing (and mutually devouring) delivery mechanisms from your existing source – with Windows 12 support coming later this year.
  • Seamless Linux and macOS (2021): Even leaving installers aside, there’s literally no software development company to have provided a 100% automatic port from Windows to Posix – except InstallAware.
  • Context Menu Bridge, Sparse MSIX’es (2022): InstallAware is the first and only to automatically port your IContextMenu’s to Windows 11’s top-level context menus, zero coding required (just paste your GUID’s).
  • AGPT Installer (2023): Install any Windows app on macOS and run it seamlessly! Are there any other setup builders doing this?
  • Parallel Build Engine (2024): Build 16 times faster on modern laptops sporting 32 cores, and enjoy even faster builds as manufacturers add more logical processors!

InstallAware simply means seamless compatibility across all desktop platforms, sustained for two decades and going strong!

If you haven’t tried us yet, you’ll be amazed by what you can build with InstallAware – and how quickly.

Choose InstallAware, the company that’s in your corner, for a change. We’ve got your back – 20 years and counting!

InstallAware 1.0

Two decades of thought leadership in Windows now extends to macOS and Linux with InstallAware Multi Platform 1.0 – shipping on Friday this week:

o Liberate RPM/DEB/PKG/MSI(X) packages and convert them into self-standing, independent, native code installers for Linux, macOS, or Windows.

o Deploy directly to any operating system
– without dependencies on package managers, technology frameworks, or any other intermediaries.

o Retain full standards compliance with macOS Gatekeeper, Apple Notarization, and Windows code signing – let nothing get in the way.

o Edit your projects on any platform
, compile them on any platform; your setups look and feel the same, run the same everywhere.

InstallAware Multi Platform Final Version

GUI & console setups for Linux, macOS & Windows – all from a single source – are finally shipping this December, after 3 years of R&D:

– Console Engine: One-upping InstallAware for Windows, setups render in pure text mode. Perfect for SSH/tty use, which was impossible before.

– Mixed Mode Setups: If the GUI setup does not boot, automatically falls back to the console. Guarantees 100% Linux compatibility, with all distributions!

– Liberate DEB/RPM: PackageAware Multi Platform scans the modifications they make, and InstallAware builds an independent, self-standing binary deploying literally everywhere.

– Simple Cross-Platform Script: Commands automatically adapt to underlying platforms, keeping your script code clean and free of platform conditionals.

– InstallAware Import: The first time you open any InstallAware for Windows project, its setup command parameters are updated to cross-platform standards.

InstallAware Multi Platform is launching on December 22nd (the latest RC2 build is already available for download).

InstallAware complies with standards (Apple Notarization, macOS Gatekeeper), so nothing gets in the way of your deployments!

NEW! InstallAware 23H2 Now Shipping

Microsoft have just shipped their major 23H2 update for Windows 11, and we are following suit:

o Windows 11 23H2: Official support for the latest Windows update across the setup engine and the entire InstallAware for Windows toolchain.

o Refreshed 23H2 Features: Your app depends on some built-in Windows 11 features? Add them (and their dependencies) to your setup, 100% graphically.

o Detect Versions: Check for minimum operating system versions, or query for the exact installed operating system (and bitness).

o Award Winning: Visual Studio Reader’s Choice Gold Award, ComponentSource Top 50 Publisher 9 years in a row, GitHub Starstruck repo, and countless more!

Upgrade to InstallAware 23H2 today!

InstallAware Security Advisory

InstallAware Software has discovered that Wolters Kluwer abused one license across 31+ developers and 4 continents for more than a decade. Their balance due InstallAware Software exceeds 300,000 USD (three hundred thousand US dollars).

USA: Twenty-two(22) named users.
Anderson, Bryan ‘
Binet, Claude ‘
Canihuante, Francisco ‘
Chambers, Kevin ‘
Cheng, Clement ‘
Convents, Marc ‘
Corvatta, Stefano ‘
Do, Debra ‘
Hardin, Wes ‘
Holzhause, Jens ‘
Huesmann, Annette ‘
Lin, Michael ‘
Mincer, Mark ‘
Myers, Scott ‘
Pau, Tim ‘
Sisson, Mark ‘>’
Yadav, Rajan ‘
Zeleznik, Boris ‘
DE-L&R-Tec-Support ‘

Italy: One(1) named user.
Marangi Vito ‘

Brazil: Three(3) named users.
Henderson Lopes ‘
Jose Rubens ‘

Germany: Three(3) named users.
Addison BIT Support ‘

Our research continues to identify additional users on a regular basis.

The response of the Wolters Kluwer legal counsel was to question whether the InstallAware Software EULA could be binding upon Wolters Kluwer:

In addition, as I have repeatedly stated, I am not necessarily disputing that an agreement exists between the parties. As a prerequisite to establishing your claim however, InstallAware needs to establish that the terms of the agreement you provided were agreed upon by both parties. We have not received any information in this regard.
Kiran Kumar Nagulapalli, Senior Legal Counsel, Global Law and Compliance Department, Wolters Kluwer
Mobile +1 201 469 5257

Here are other members of the Wolters Kluwer legal team underwriting this decision:

Nagulapalli, Kiran K ‘
Pollard, Beth ‘
Sheffer, Rick ‘
Sisson, Mark ‘
Sandstrom, Patty ‘


InstallAware Software also recently discovered that when L3 Technologies acquired Harris Corporation, they violated the non-transfer clause of the InstallAware Software EULA by rolling Harris’s defunct licenses into the new L3Harris Technologies entity, while also attempting (and failing) multiple unauthorized trial license extensions. Their balance due InstallAware Software exceeds 50,000 USD (fifty thousand US dollars).

List of known license and/or trial period abusers:

Underwriting development manager:

Underwriting legal counsel, with a known delinquency at the New York Bar:

The defense strategy of L3Harris was to deny the existence of InstallAware Software, crowned by the words:

Please go away.
Eric Spencer, Sr. Director, Managing Counsel Intellectual Property, L3Harris
Mobile +1 321 339 7967


InstallAware Software advises all Partners and Clients to exercise extreme caution in all dealings with Wolters Kluwer and L3Harris and/or the above named individuals.

These entities and/or individuals are known to InstallAware Software to routinely engage in wanton acts of blatant software piracy.

InstallAware Software is taking legal action against the above named entities.

InstallAware Voted #1, Outpaces InstallShield

Thank you so much for voting us #1, making us the winner of the Installation, Setup & Deployment Tools category!

You placed us above InstallShield (who are stuck at second place with Silver), and it’s truly no wonder:

o Cross-Platform: No other installer recompiles Windows packages for macOS and Linux, verbatim!

o Super Stable: Zero-known issues, zero runtime dependencies, terrific scalability, breakneck performance.

o Superb UX: Both during development and deployment – satisfying both coders and users with elegant simplicity.

o Bleeding Edge: Find any other installer with support for decentralized hosting and payment processing?

Thank you very much once again for finding us fit for the Visual Studio Magazine Reader’s Choice Gold Award!

InstallAware Open Sources AGPT

Run Windows software on macOS 100% free!

Download for an Apple Notarized, single-click install.

Fork code at and build it with brand-new InstallAware Multi Platform, 24 months in the making:

o (Un)install requirements: Remove Homebrew for Apple Silicon, add Homebrew (for Rosetta), tap Apple and install Wine.

o Mount local DMGs: Then copy files from the Apple Game Porting Toolkit to accelerate DirectX 12 games running on Apple Silicon.

o Silently install local PKGs: There’s literally no other way to get the Xcode Command Line Tools running on macOS Sonoma beta!

o Sudo elevate, install, and run arbitrary (Windows) software: Invoke sudo from user mode, pass parameters to launched apps.

o Notarized, native code: Gatekeeper compliance free from security interference. 100% dependency/Java-free, rock-solid binaries.

InstallAware Multi Platform enables Windows game developers recompile their MSI setups for macOS in a single click!

Rebuild any existing Windows MSI you may have for macOS and Linux, in a single click!

The future of software installation on macOS, Linux, and Windows has arrived.

Build 16X Faster With New InstallAware X16

The date is almost here! Get ready for InstallAware X16 with the industry’s fastest build engine:

– Parallel Engine: Achieve sixteen-fold acceleration on readily available consumer hardware in our X16th version 🙂

– Build Affinities: Use high performance cores instead of “power saving” cores, which drain more total power anyways!

– New Runtimes: The best releases of .NET 7, .NET Framework 4.8.1, SQL Server 2022, and Visual C++ all inside the box.

– macOS: Single-click recompiles producing native code for both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs, with Apple Notarization.

– Linux: Pixel-perfect custom dialog reproduction and faithful script execution with native GTK2 and Qt5 widget kits.

NEW! InstallAware X16

After 18 months of research and development, InstallAware X16 is finally launching on Friday, August 11th 2023!

o Parallel Web Builds: Compress weblocks simultaneously, leverage modern CPUs to accelerate Web builds tenfold or more.

o Multi Platform Technology: Recompile your existing setups for macOS & Linux from the same sources you have today!

o Updated Runtimes: .NET 7.0.9, 6.0.20, 5.0.17; SQL Server 2022; .NET FX 4.8.1; and the latest versions of VC++.

o Native Engine Functions: Easily query for arbitrary existing installations using Is Native Setup Installed.

Visually link dialog controls to your script variables – and watch them render pixel-perfect on macOS and Linux!

InstallAware Multi Platform RC 0

InstallAware Multi Platform Release Candidate 0 is now available for immediate download:

– Web Updates: The proving grounds for this latest release, new web update script and dialogs have given the setup engine a brutal shakedown! Added to your project with a single click. Platforms are matched to updates without manual coding. Editing the script is super easy for introducing additional match filters (such as language), or just to customize the whole business logic and user experience.

– New IDE Designers: Experience the simplicity of our web update implementation – define your Update Packs and associate them with your Versions already out in the field. Set Access Control on file system objects, define File Associations to register your apps as extension handlers, manipulate Local Files and edit INI Files, access your most vital Project Properties from one place.

– 100 Commands: New looping constructs, string manipulation, and system information commands. While building our web updates we also refined our existing commands – stuff that took multiple commands now takes just one (ex: Run Program finding macOS app bundle launch targets). Intelligent cross-platform command parameter adapations recompile your existing Windows setups for macOS and Linux in one click.

– Ready for Prime Time: A wealth of Single Click, User Mode, User Feedback, Online Authentication, Media Autorun, and Multi-Lingual demos (again with their corresponding engine shakedowns). Updated setup themes for cross-platform compatibility. Take whatever is closest to what you want to build – or start tabula rasa with a fully empty script.