Introduction to Paquet Builder

Paquet Builder (“PB”) is a mix between a 7-Zip Self-Extracting file archive maker, and an advanced software Setup routine generator.

Featuring powerful and versatile options, it can output several types of compact Self-Extractors for professional file and software delivery.

Package up any document or program files, construct sophisticated Setup routines for your software programs, generate updates and patches, share and install databases, wrap your multimedia presentations or even several Windows Installer MSI setups into a single .exe ready for delivery over the Internet: everything is allowed with Paquet Builder.

Beginners can create ready-to-deliver packages in minutes, without requiring any additional knowledge.

Lots of features

Advanced users can optionally go further since you may also:

  • customize the entire behavior and look of your packages from A to Z.

  • create standard or Windows wizard-styled packages and change any detail of your package’s design: icon, splash screen, dialogs, billboards, version info…

  • organize your files into components, set destination paths, ask end users which components to install, add conditions to file extraction.

  • add custom actions and configure them visually to do what you want: prompt users; detect system configuration; create shortcuts; read/write Windows registry keys, XML documents (nodes and attributes), .ini files; modify file properties; work with variables; use If/Then/Else conditionals; display additional dialogs such as readme, license agreement, message boxes, information panel with variables; execute program and document files; run Windows Installer MSI or MSP files…

  • build 32-bit and 64-bit (x64) packages that can install 64-bit applications or access 64-bit Windows registry.

  • make multi-language packages with full UNICODE and right-to-left language support for international distribution.

  • password protect and digitally code sign your packages (SHA256, dual SHA1-SHA2 Authenticode signing) with your Code Signing Certificate to increase the security of your files.

  • protect your packages against truncated or corrupted downloads with integrity and size checks.

  • save bandwidth: create compact packages thanks to the efficient 7-Zip file compression and full support for LZMA2, BCJ2, PPMD and multithreaded compression.

  • convert existing 7z archives to SFX in some clicks.

  • make multi-volume archives easily.

  • include uninstallers to remove changes performed by your packages.

  • automate the creation of customized packages thanks to batch processing, inclusion and exclusion file masks, automatic source file list updates, directives and projects in XML format.

  • use C code extensions and plugins.

  • cron jobs supported thanks to the portable console command-line compiler.

  • and much more!

All of these features remain optional, i.e. you do not need to configure them in order to build your packages. Creating a simple package actually takes less than one minute: start a new project, add files and press Build, that’s all. Then you can always modify the other options if you want later.

No scripting is required, everything is done visually; the interface is logically organized, stepping you through the natural stages of the creation process. At any time, if you need help about a given feature, just press F1 to display the associated help topic or visit our forum to post your questions.

Paquet Builder 2018 and packages are compatible with all recent Windows versions (32-bit and 64-bit): Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, 2008 Server, 2012 Server, Vista, XP, 2003 Server.

Getting started

See tutorials online for Paquet Builder.

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