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  • April 25, 2011

Predefining the Installation Folder in the NetBeans Installer Framework

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Derek, who I suspect of being Derek Witt from the Jewelry Customer Manager on the NetBeans Platform, recently left a comment in this blog about the NetBeans Installer framework (NBI):
"I would like to use NBI, but we need to have our application install in C:\\Documents and Settings\\user\\Application Data\\Custom App instead of C:\\Program Files\\Custom App. If I could figure out how to change the default installation directory and not allow them to change it, that would make our lives a bit easier."

I asked Dmitry Lipin, the NBI guru, about this and he told me about the following. When you follow the steps below to the end, you'll be able to run "Package as | Installers" and then the installer created will consist of the following two panels, nothing more than that, in exactly the size shown below:

As you can see, the user is not able to specify the installation folder, since we have removed the panel enabling them to do so and we have predefined the folder for them. To get to the above, you need to make changes to three files in "harness/nbi":

  • Hardcode the installation folder. Do so by setting the "product.properties.2.value" (which is for Windows, other os settings are in the same section in the same file) in this file:

    The file is: harness/nbi/stub/ext/infra/build/products/helloworld/build.properties

  • Remove the destination panel. Do so by commenting out (or deleting) the registration of the destionation panel in this file, which means the user will not be able to set the installation folder themselves:

    The file is: harness/nbi/stub/ext/components/products/helloworld/src/org/mycompany/wizard.xml

  • Set the size of the installer wizard. Do so by changing the ints found in this file:

    The file is: harness/nbi/stub/ext/engine/src/data/engine.properties

There's actually a LOT of information about NBI available, if you start here: http://wiki.netbeans.org/NBI

Hope that helps, Derek, and that you'll now be able to use NBI for your applications.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • guest Thursday, July 21, 2011

    what if i just want to add my company name in the path

    for e.g:-


    whats happening-

    C:\\Program Files\\Custom App

    what i require-

    C:\\Program Files\\xyz\\Custom App

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