A self extracting zip (SFX) is a windows application that contains two parts: A zip file, and a program to unpack the zip file. This is helpful when distributing applications. Instead of sending your customers a folder containing a bunch of files, you can send them a single file that they can just click on. The SFX can unzip it’s contents, and then even run another process.
The MGI Solution Explorer can help you build these self extracting zip files. Just click the plus button in the solution explorer window, then select “Self Extracting Zip” from the dialog.
Configuring a SFX
After selecting the new solution item, you will be prompted to configure the self extracting zip file. Click the ‘Test’ button to generate a test SFX using the current settings.
|Included Items||The solution items that will be built into the SFX. Place a check next to an item to include it. Double click the ‘SFX Folder’ column to specify a custom folder in the SFX.|
|Executable Info||An SFX needs version information. Choose a file in this list to specify what file to copy this version information from.|
|Additional Files||These are additional files that will be included in SFX. Again, double click on an item in the ‘SFX Path’ column to specify a custom folder in the SFX.|
These settings define the SFX’s extract behavior.