Integrating Wix with MSBuild


we are looking to automate an MSI generation for a product we are developing. Currently we have MSBuild building out the source to a network location, this is fine for testing but when it comes to releasing the software we will need to wrap it in an MSI.

The software is all .Net bar 1 COM component that will need registered on each machine it gets installed to.

What I was wondering was how to integrate Wix with MSBuild so that a new wix script will get generated along with an MSI that is able to handle fresh and upgrade installs.

Any help with this is very much appreciated.



Best Solution

Sure, there are tasks in MS Build that can do all you need to build an MSI from WiX. Can you integrate this on a build / integration server?

Newer builds of Wix actually include a file called "wix.targets", which should get you started.

Also check out these fine articles on the topic:

They cover the topic in much more detail and are extremely helpful to get started.

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