WiX Toolset v3.7

Rating:        Based on 27 ratings
Reviewed:  23 reviews
Downloads: 226102
Released: Dec 24, 2012
Updated: Feb 26, 2016 by bobarnso
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

This version of WiX has been replaced by WiX v3.10.2 because it contains mitigations for Windows vulnerabilities.

WiX Toolset v3.7 introduces self-update and reference counting for Bundles. Also includes a number of bug fixes since the v3.6 release.

The v3.7 RTM build is v3.7.1224.0.

For more information see: http://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2012/12/24/WiX-v3.7-released

Reviews for this release

WIX is a great tool for creating installers. It has a steep learning curve but on the other hand you have unlimited possibilities. There are plenty of tutorials available on the internet to get you started. For example http://wix.tramontana.co.hu/tutorial. I highly recommend WIX for creating windows installers.
by dietervd on Nov 29, 2013 at 6:29 AM
Excellent Software. Does exactly what you need. Just requires you to know XML and good concept of your Visual Studio workplace. It is hard for beginners to learn it, but regardless of the difficulties at the end it is worth it.
by stevenh1989 on Nov 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM
Really bad, it messed up my VS config (could not start it). I had to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\11.0_Config\Packages And change every key reference from %windir%\System32\mscoree.dll to C:\Windows\system32\mscoree.dll. Could not even uninstall after installation (uninstall error) And worse, no automatic depedency resolution. I'll stick with clickonce until I can.
by Slashene on Oct 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM
the delivered heat.exe does unfortunately not have support for iis8 on e.g. windows server 2012. But even though there is no support for iis8, it is a great tool!!!
by syron1988 on Aug 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM
VS 2k12 used to crash for me until logging ON led me to disable the "Coding Achievement" package. It worked w/o issues afterwards. I hope it help & Happy WIX'ing! ;)
by zhu_coder on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM
Converted Microsoft setup projects due to it's obsolescence in VS2012. Chose WiX since the InstallShield Light version was limiting and frustrating and we didn't want to pay for the full version. Wix was free and very capable. Although, WiX projects definitely had a greater learning curve, there is plenty of help and example configurations available. I highly recommend it.
by TULRangerFan on Jun 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM
All my setups are created by this nice tool.
by petrkle on Jun 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM
I downloaded WiX Toolkit 3.7 and dived into the online documentation and got my installer built but didn't really understand what I was doing. I bought "WiX3.6: Developers guide to Windows Installer XML" for my Kindle and I've an awesome installer now for my application, even if I do say so myself. I really recommend the book and it's only about $20. The slightly older version made no difference.
by VipX1 on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM
When I install with the exe I get a bin directory under wix with the x86 dir in it, but when I pull down the binaries.zip, the folder structure is somewhat flattened. This seems to be causing issues when building CAs (paths are now wrong.) Are there install steps somewhere for users who need to use the binaries.zip (e.g. build machines)? Posting here since now Discussion page for project : p
by derrickclaar on Jun 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM
Excellent tool. Thank you for giving us a free alternative to InstallShield and other expensive tools.
by bcs2707 on May 25, 2013 at 6:46 PM
It's a great tool. The documentation available in the internet could definitely be more broad, still, it is a high quality piece of work.
by faburaya on May 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM
I'm just getting the hang of it. It's possibilities seem endless. BTW, just because you fail to educate yourself on how to properly use something, does not mean that you get to give it a low rating. You are the problem with all quality-based ratings systems. So, thanks -- lazy.
by ATG3 on May 12, 2013 at 9:03 PM
Love the WiX toolset. It's powerful and flexible. The included tools like Heat are great for quickly getting an installer built. Works very well with TFS 2012 builds as well. There is a slight learning curve involved, but I was up and running and creating installers in an hour or so.
by jhotmann on May 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Since VS2012 forced us to use WiX instead of Setup & Deployment, this seems like a poor replacement. Simple tasks like picking up dependencies, which MSBuild can manage when it builds projects, aren't even provided or apparently deemed important, let alone automated. Examples on the web start with 'manually edit your project file'. Very poor show. So much for IDE.
by naviwhack on Apr 27, 2013 at 8:12 PM
Been using WiX for about a year now and I love it. There's a little bit of a learning curve, but it's very powerful. As for the people complaining that it crashes VS2012 - I've been using WiX 3.6 and 3.7 with VS2012 since it went RTM and I haven't seen those issues. It's been pretty bullet proof for me.
by aplocher on Apr 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM
Well first time I've ever used WiX, but have heard a lot of good things about it - but my first impression is not good. Have to totally agree with Matt Mcguire and repeat what he said - "not sure if VS2012 or WIX. but VS freezes when saving a new WIX project, if it's a new unsaved solution" - done my first "hello word" installer and have now lost it, as it won't save !!
by BigChris on Apr 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM
not sure if VS2012 or WIX. but VS freezes when saving a new WIX project, if it's a new unsaved solution. if a new project is added to an existing solution (or one that is already saved) it works just fine.
by mattmcguire on Apr 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Junk! Crashes VS2012
by Gilad on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Installed perfectly! Just a single click to install and another one to close. Good to see boot-straper,custom actions templates in there :) Environment: VS 2012 Ultimate on a Windows 8.
by aschip on Mar 30, 2013 at 7:55 AM
I installed Wix 3.7. When I build in VS2008, it crashes visual studio. I installed Wix 3.6. When I build in VS2008, it works successfully.
by aneame on Mar 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Buggy. I can't use it for Win XP and VS 2008. VS Crash when compiling the project!
by mohammednour on Mar 18, 2013 at 11:57 AM
installed perfectly (windows 7 x64) without any previous Wix installation. Integrated with VS2010 after closing/reopen Visual Studio. Integrated nicely with VS2012 too, Windows Installer XML project types appears in the 'new project' dialog. Everything's fine. WiX is "teh win" and has been for years.
by gbjbaanb on Feb 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Wix37 (without prior version installed) FAILED to install (Windows 7 x86). After Wix36 install, THEY Wix37 would install. NOTE: Neither Wix36 nor Wix37 would successfully "setup" VS2012 (which, as we all know is THE reason we're turning to WiX in the first place).
by WardMD on Feb 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM