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Package Creation

Last Modified: November 30, 2017

To create a package using Package Manager, you gather the relevant components into a single directory and build the package using the command line interface.

A package is a single compressed file that contains payload files intended for installation on a target system. Packages created by Package Manager have a .nipkg file extension. You can create two types of packages with Package Manager: File packages and Windows Installer (WinInst) packages.

Build a File package when you simply want to install files in directories you specify on a target system. File packages cannot include file-level conditions, so Package Manager always installs all files you include in the File package payload. In contrast, the payload for WinInst packages is one or more MSI files. Building a WinInst package allows you to install MSIs and include registry keys, conditions, or .NET assemblies. However, you can include and run executables using both package types.


For information about how to build packages using NI software, including LabVIEW, LabVIEW NXG, and TestStand, refer to the documentation for the product.

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