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Package Creation

Last Modified: August 13, 2018

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.

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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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