[wix-users] Build with wix

balachander s connecttobalachander at gmail.com
Wed Mar 13 00:01:31 PDT 2019

Thanks for the reply. But currently my existing project is in standard c++
14. Will i be able to get project's executable and map it in wxs file with
command line tools in wix(like can we use candle to generate exe file). and
generate installer file atlast step.

I am not able to install iswix from tools->extensions. I am using
enterprise 2015 visual studio.

>>If you want to build both x86 and x64 installers with Wix

Yes. We shall consider this in separate request

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 4:53 AM Russell Haley <russ.haley at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM balachander s via wix-users <
> wix-users at lists.wixtoolset.org> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Greetings. I am trying to learn about wix installer tool.
>> I understood how to create installer package if we have project's
>> executable(with wix).
>> But in my case i am working in already existing project. Where we build
>> the
>> project using
>> install shield(IS)and get executables. With which installer is made. So i
>> need to achieve the same in wix toolset by generating build and pack into
>> the installer.
> Hi,
> The Wix Documentation is pretty good. You could start with the Tutorial:
> https://www.firegiant.com/wix/tutorial/. All the Wix tools are available
> from the command line or from Visual Studio (via the wix VS plugin). Hand
> coding WIX can be a little intimidating at first, so the other way to get
> started is with the IsWix GUI that launches from Visual Studio. ISWix has
> some good tutorials as well, available here:
> https://github.com/iswix-llc/iswix-tutorials.
> You don't need to be building your target executables from source code to
> use the Wix Visual Studio tools. If I were you, I'd install all the
> necessary plugins (Wix, wix plugin, ISWix Plugin) and then open a new ISWix
> project. You then update the path to your executable files in the
> <projectname>.wxs file and create your package via the IsWix GUI (Tools->
> Launch ISWix). Once complete, you can launch the Wix tools (candle, burn,
> etc) by building the ISWix project the same as any other project (F5 or
> Build-> Build Solution). The tools will then harvest your existing
> executables and build the MSI and/or MSM. Again, you don't need to be
> compiling the code to use Wix with Visual Studio. A Wix project will launch
> the necessary tools that harvest the executables from anywhere.
> If you want to build both x86 and x64 installers with Wix, things get a
> little more complicated, but I'll save that for a different request.
>  Hope that helps?
> Russ
>> Please help me on how to proceed further. Any reference will also be relly
>> helpful.
>> Regards,
>> Bala
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