The development of IzPack 5 is making good progress, and we will soon be able to conduct proper beta testing.

Another target of the upcoming new major release is to have the documentation here in a wiki.

We started writing the new one, adapting some of the previous content and mentioning upcoming features of IzPack 5.

We are however far from having a complete documentation!

You are invited to help: anyone can join and edit the pages. Here is how you can help:

  • check / edit the current content
  • take some missing content from the old documentation and use it as a basis for the new documentation style
  • write short tutorials for new users, people needing custom extensions, case studies... you name it (smile)

    Documentation style

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    We want a clean, easy documentation. Put yourself in the shoes of a new user that is discovering IzPack.

    • Write one page per-topic. Do not hesitate to split the content to child pages.
    • Avoid copy and paste from the old documentation.
    • Go straight to the point. Avoid unnecessarily lengthy text.
    • Use examples!
    • A picture is worth a thousand words.
Switch to Git completed

IzPack has successfuly switched to Git!

Details on accessing the repository can be found at https://xircles.codehaus.org/projects/izpack/repo/primary/repo

We have also started a wiki section dedicated to the usage of Git within the IzPack project.

We hope that the switch to Git will further improve the collaboration between developers, both inside and outside the project!

IzPack developers are facing an important vote on whether we should switch to Git or keep using Subversion.

The choice is yours!

Thanks to the Gource, I have been able to generate a video of the IzPack commits history.

Please note that IzPack actually started in 2001, but we started using CVS only back in 2002.

Enjoy the movie (smile)

IzPack 4.3.3 released

On behalf of the IzPack project development team, I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of IzPack 4.3.3 which can be downloaded from our official website at http://izpack.org/.

This ia a stable, maintenance release that fixes some issues found in IzPack 4.3.1 and IzPack 4.3.2. As such, we highly recommend that our users promptly migrate to this version from production-quality installers.

7 issues were fixed in this release. See http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK/fixforversion/15986 for a complete list and more details.

Should you encounter issues in IzPack 4.3.3, please go to http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK to look for similar issues, and eventually report a new problem.

We would like to thank our developers, contributors, issue reporters and users for making this release possible!

Enjoy.

Julien Ponge, IzPack project founder

IzPack 4.3.2 released

On behalf of the IzPack project development team, I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of IzPack 4.3.2 which can be downloaded from our official website at http://izpack.org/.

This ia a stable, maintenance release that fixes some issues found in IzPack 4.3.1. As such, we highly recommend that our users promptly migrate to this version from production-quality installers.

29 issues were fixed in this release. See http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK/fixforversion/15381 for a complete list and more details.

Should you encounter issues in IzPack 4.3.2, please go to http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK to look for similar issues, and eventually report a new problem.

We would like to thank our developers, contributors, issue reporters and users for making this release possible!

Enjoy.

Julien Ponge, IzPack project founder

Andreas Nerlich just published an article called using izpack2exe from an unpacked maven dependency.

I'm sure it will provide some useful informations for those relying on a Maven build process that integrates IzPack installer generation.

Thanks Andreas (smile)

I will give a talk at fOSSa, a free conference that will be held on November 17th-18th in Grenoble, France
http://fossa.inrialpes.fr/2009/?q=content/day_2_workshop_detailed_program

IzPack 4.3.1 is available

IzPack version 4.3.1 is now available!

It can be downloaded from the project website at http://izpack.org/

This is a maintenance release that fixes some minor issues found in IzPack 4.3.0. Our users are encouraged to upgrade to this version.

The complete list of changes is detailed at http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK/fixforversion/15137

We would like to thank our developers, contributors, issue reporters and users for making this release possible!

IzPack 4.3.0 is out!

I am very pleased to announce the immediate availability of IzPack 4.3.0!

About IzPack

IzPack is a one-stop solution for packaging, distributing and deploying
applications. IzPack is opensource, released under the liberal Apache
Software License 2.0.

It is fully cross-platform and generates a single installer. As such, it is 
an alternative to native solutions such as platform-specific installers and 
package managers.

IzPack-generated installers only require a Java virtual machine to run.

Many companies and projects have been using IzPack over the years, including
Sun Microsystems, JBoss/RedHat, the Scala language project, some ObjectWeb/OW2
projects, XWiki and many more.

Downloading IzPack

IzPack can be obtained free of charge from its website at http://izpack.org/

Getting professional services

IzPack creator and project leader Julien Ponge offers paid professional services:

  • one-time and subscription-based support
  • consulting
  • custom developments
  • installer creation bootstrap.

Do not hesitate to contact Julien and get more informations from http://izpack.proservices.ponge.info/

Those services directly help in sustaining and improving IzPack.

About this release

This release is the result of a collective effort where our developers and 
contributors worked hand-in-hand to improve IzPack. Also, new developers have
joined the project to bring further ideas and energy to the project.

About a hundred issues have been resolved in this release. The complete list
along with JIRA issues can be reviewed at http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK/fixforversion/14763

New features highlights

The release contains its usual set of bug fixes, small enhancements and 
documentation improvements. The new features include:

  • Scripting support through the Apache Bean Scripting Framework
  • Full console manual and automated installations
  • Removal of NanoXML in favor of a javax.xml backend
  • Ability to call Java classes before and after each panel
  • Privileges elevation improvements
  • Graphical reporting of launch-time errors
  • AntActionListener improvement
  • Configuration of the uninstaller path
  • Compile-time variable substitutions

Greetings

The IzPack team would like to thank its developers and contributors for having made this release
possible! We would also like to thank our numerous and growing users worldwide for pushing us
forward!

Other thanks go to:

Further links

IzPack 4.3.0-rc2

I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of IzPack 4.3.0-rc2 (the second release candidate to IzPack 4.3.0 which is due 21/Apr/09).

As we are coming into the closing stages  of preparing this release, your help is needed by downloading it from http://snapshots.dist.codehaus.org/izpack/IzPack-install-4.3.0-rc2.jar and reporting any critical issue that you may encounter.

The full list of issues for this release is available from http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK/fixforversion/14763

Thanks for your help!

Release status

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This release is intended for testing, not for production use (yet). We need as many of you to test it and report any issue you might have so that we can have a great 4.3.0 release!

IzPack 4.3.0-rc1

I am pleased to announce the availability of IzPack 4.3.0-rc1 for testing purposes.

This is the first test version of the next major release (4.3.0) which is due 21/Apr/2009.

Lots of nice features and fixes are available in this version (see http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK/fixforversion/14763);

  • NanoXML removal
  • "real" console (interactive or silent) installations
  • privileges escalation improvements
  • bean scripting framework integration (to have custom scripts in JavaScript, Groovy, JRuby, etc)
  • validators for packs
  • ... and more!

There are still a few fixes / documentation JIRA issues open that will be resolved on time for the final release.

Release status

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This release is intended for testing, not for production use (yet). We need as many of you to test it and report any issue you might have so that we can have a great 4.3.0 release!

It can be downloaded from http://snapshots.dist.codehaus.org/izpack/IzPack-install-4.3.0-rc1.jar

Many thanks to the developers and contributors for making this release possible!

Professional services

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Should you need professional services on IzPack (consulting, support, custom development), please check out http://izpack.proservices.ponge.info/

IzPack users LinkedIn group

An open group has been created on LinkedIn for you IzPack users (smile)

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1826148

We look forward to see you there!

On behalf of the IzPack project team, I am glad to announce the release of IzPack 4.2.1!

IzPack is a one-stop solution for packaging, distributing and deploying applications. IzPack is a project hosted by the Codehaus foundation (see http://codehaus.org/) and it can be downloaded from http://izpack.org/

IzPack 4.2.1 is a maintenance, stable release that brings a lot of useful fixes and improvements for production use while the team continues to develop new features for IzPack 4.3.0. Some notable changes include:

  • the privileges escalation mechanism can now be fine-tuned to be activated on selected platforms (e.g., activate it on MS Windows Vista, but not on MS Windows XP, Linux and Mac OS X)
  • standalone compiler fixes
  • easier development of IzPack panels with Maven
  • bug fixes in automated and web installers
  • conditions / rules framework fixes
  • loose packs fixes
  • fixes for the shortcuts creation on MS Windows Vista
  • translations updates.

The complete release notes are available at http://jira.codehaus.org/secure/ReleaseNote.jspa?version=14953&styleName=Html&projectId=11707&Create=Create

I would like to warmly thanks the IzPack developers and contributors for their incredible help and hard work that made this release possible. Thanks a lot guys, you rock (smile)

I would also like to announce that I am starting to offer professional services for IzPack in the form of freelance consulting, support, custom development and installer creation bootstrapping. I have just set up a page at http://izpack.proservices.ponge.info/ (more details will be available soon). Do not hesitate to contact me if such services would be useful to you!

The launch of such professional services does not mean that IzPack is going to be a proprietary commercial product at all (and that would be silly, really). I do care about IzPack being still that fruitful ecosystem where businesses, individuals and projects collaborate to offer a compelling solution to applications deployment. In the end of the day, this activity can only help sustaining the project.

IzPack is and will always be a free, opensource and community-driven project. That's my promise!

Thanks again to you all for your support, and enjoy this new release!

Continuous integration

Thanks to Codehaus and the licenses donations that Atlassian makes to the foundation, IzPack now uses a continuous integration Bamboo server.

There is one build plan at the moment: http://bamboo.ci.codehaus.org/browse/IZPACK-TRUNK.