IzPack is a tool that will help you to solve your software installation problems. It is a JavaTM based software installer builder that will run on any operating system. IzPack Documentation. Foreword. This documentation is a collective work that received many inputs over the years from many people, notably Julien Ponge. IzPack is a widely used tool for packaging applications on the Java™ IzPack does not predefine a rigid installation canvas. Read the documentation».

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Highlights These are the things that I highlight of Docmuentation Adding images to the panels You can easily add an image to the left of each panel. In this post I would to highlight some of the characteristics of IzPack and why we decided to use it, and then show you how to make a simple yet powerful installer.

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IzPack – Open Source Java installer engine

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The resource keys are always the same with the panel index starting at Our example will have three packages: Defining panels installer steps The behavior of the installer itself is defined documentatioh a consecutive list of panels. Definition of installer packages Then we need to define the installer packages. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Running the installer creation Now that we have our installer definition created, we need to actually create the installer file. Look documentztion for the official documentation. Now that we have our installer definition created, we need to actually create the installer file.

IzPack – Package once. Deploy everywhere.

Email Required, but never shown. It can be created using a command line tool, but in this post I will go directly for the Ant task. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Adding a shortcut specification XML file and panel image. You have your installer ready to be created and full of neat features. Nothing too refined, just select the path, select the packages to install and create some shortcuts.

This Ant target will do the work: Torsten 5, 1 27 First I googled for the obvious query and found many alternatives, some free and some commercial, and then we do a preliminary testing to some of them OpenInstaller, Advanced Installer, install4j and finally we knew of IzPack.


Stack Overflow works best with JavaScript enabled. To do that docuentation only need to add some resources linking to the image for a given panel.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Each panel is both a presentation and actions.

IzPack – Open Source Java installer engine – dr. macphail’s trance

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It can be easily integrated with Ant. It was very helpful The last feature we are going to introduce is about creating shortcuts in the Windows Start Menu. Moreover, it is integrated with Ant so you can launch it as part of your release process.

Adding the DLL that provides support for creating the shortcuts. Some of the packages will be mandatory and some optional.