FreeExtractor is the easiest way to create self-extracting
archives for Windows from existing ZIP files. It is an excellent open-source
solution for packaging software programs and for distributing files to
friends and colleagues over the Internet.
- User friendly
With a Windows 2000-style wizard-based user interface, end users will
find FreeExtractor-created archives intuitive, fast and easy to use.
Self-extractor authors follow a simple 4-step wizard which guides them
through the process.
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- Free and Open Source
FreeExtractor is free for all uses, and is released under a zLib-style
license. It is unencumbered by restrictive licensing agreements.
Developers have the added flexibility and freedom of modifying the source
code to suit their application.
Authors have fine-grained control over
archive settings and can tailor their self-extractors to suit their
application. Authors can specify such options as an embedded URL, introduction
text, shortcut creation and a custom icon.
With the optional command line
utility, MakeSFX.exe, advanced authors can automate the creation of
GUI self extractors via a batch file.
FreeExtractor runs on all 32-bit versions
of Windows (Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP). Advanced end-users have
of extracting archive contents with third party programs like WinZip
As tested, FreeExtractor produces the
smallest self-extracting archives of any competing product, by up to
10kb. In addition, the FreeExtractor Wizard (used to create self extracting
archives) is only 40kb in size - the smallest SFX generator for Windows
we are aware of.
FreeExtractor Install Package, v1.44 (103 kb)
FreeExtractor Source Code, v1.44 (303 kb)
MakeSFX.exe - Optional Command Line Version,
v1.44 (30 kb)
This software is provided 'as-is', without
any express or implied warranty. In no event will the author(s) be held
liable for any damages arising from the use of this software. Permission
is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial
applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject to the
1. The origin of this software must not
be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original software.
If you use this software in a product, an acknowledgment in the product
documentation would be appreciated but is not required.
2. Altered source versions must be plainly
marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software.
3. This notice may not be removed or altered
from any source distribution.
Code Copyright (C)
2000-3 Andrew Fawcett (andrewfawcett @ users.sourceforge.net)
FreeExtractor contains portions of (or
derivatives of) Mark Adler and Jean-Loup Gailly's zLib and Gilles Vollant's
MiniUnzip. Thanks to them, and thanks to SourceForge
Thanks to all the testers and contributors
who have given invaluable feedback.
For bug submissions
and additional help, try the Bug
Tracking Tool and the Support
Forums. Otherwise, direct comments and questions to
A new version is coming.
At a glance...
Current Version: 1.44 - March 20,
FreeExtractor Wizard: Splash Screen
FreeExtractor Wizard: Archive Options
FreeExtractor Wizard: Adding Shortcuts
FreeExtractor Wizard: Changing Icons