Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Lightweight installer generator: IzPack

IzPack is an installers generator written in Java. It produces lightweight installers that can be run on any operating system where a Java virtual machine is available. Depending on the operating system, it can be launched by a double-click or a simple 'java -jar installer.jar' on a shell. The most common use is to distribute applications for the Java platform, but you can also use it for other kinds of projects.

Features:
  • XML-based installer descriptors
  • Uses the maximum Jar archive compression level
  • Jakarta Ant integration
  • Great flexibility and modularity, it is very easy to extend IzPack
  • No native code is required, but you can extend IzPack with native code
  • Shortcut creation system
  • Flexible and powerful user input panel
  • Automatic uninstaller creation
  • Easy localization with XML langpacks: 16 langpacks are provided by default
  • Variable substitution system
  • OS-specific scripts interaction
You can read more on the IzPack homepage

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