Creating Microsoft Windows Installer Package MSI using Windows Installer XML (WIX)

The Windows Installer XML (WiX) is a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. It is hosted under (

Since it is a toolset, the solution typically consists of a few console applications.

  • candle.exe – is a compiler
  • light.exe – is a linker
  • dark.exe – is a MSI decompiler

To get started creating a Windows Installer Package (MSI) i recommend to use another freeware tool called WiXEdit. This piece of Software is also hosted on (

This is a sample for creating a registry key: