msitools  0.101
About: msitools is a set of programs to inspect and build Windows Installer (.MSI) files.
  Fossies Dox: msitools-0.101.tar.xz  ("unofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

msitools Documentation

Some Fossies usage hints in advance:

  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies msitools-0.101.tar.xz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).



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.


Provided tools include:

  • msiinfo, to inspect MSI files

  • msibuild, a low-level tool to create MSI files

  • msidiff, compares contents of two MSI files with diff

  • msidump, dumps raw MSI tables and stream content

  • msiextract, to inspect and extract the files of an MSI file

  • 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.


Right now, msitools does not work under Windows. It is planned that it will self-host.

While in a very early stage, it is already usable.

msitools uses libgsf in order to read OLE Structured Storage files (which are the underlying format of .MSI files).

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

Reporting issues and sending pull requests is welcome!