msitools is a set of programs to inspect and build Windows Installer (.MSI) files. It is based on libmsi, a portable library to read and write .MSI files. libmsi in turn is a port of (and a subset of) Wine's implementation of the Windows Installer.

msitools plans to be a solution for packaging and deployment of cross-compiled Windows applications.


  • msiinfo, to inspect MSI files
  • msibuild, a low-level tool to create MSI files
  • msiextract, to inspect and extract the files of an MSI file
  • msidump, to extract all tables or streams from an MSI file
  • msidiff, to diff MSI tables and file content
  • wixl, a WiX-like tool, that builds Windows Installer (MSI) packages from an XML document, and tries to share the same syntax as the WiX toolset,

  • wixl-heat, a tool that builds XML fragments from a list of files and directories.
  • osslsigncode >= 1.5.1 can sign MSI files.



Wixl lacks many features compared to WiX. As always, contributions are welcome!


Please report bug there:

Forking and sending gitlab pull requests is welcome.

msitools (last edited 2023-11-28 18:52:06 by AndreKlapper)