HeatWave is FireGiant's Visual Studio extension for WiX v4. HeatWave Community Edition is available free of charge and provides
HeatWave peacefully coexists with the WiX v3 Visual Studio extension, which lets you mix and match WiX v3 and WiX v4 projects in a solution. You can convert the WiX v3 projects to WiX v4 gradually.
Converting WiX v3 projects and authoring
With HeatWave, you can convert WiX v3 .wixproj projects to WiX v4 using the
When you confirm, HeatWave converts the WiX v3 .wixproj to v4 as an SDK-style MSBuild project. It also converts the WiX source files you selected. If HeatWave encountered any errors during the automated conversion, it shows them in a .log file so you can rectify the problem using human-brain-style conversion. The WiX team is collecting real-world reports of how to handle manual conversion here.
Create a new project
HeatWave includes templates for common WiX v4 project types, like MSI packages, bundles, and WiX libraries. The quickest way to see those templates on the Visual Studio
Create a new file
HeatWave also includes templates for common WiX v4 project items, like source files, include files, and localization string files.
Add WiX extensions
In WiX v4, WiX extensions are available as NuGet packages and HeatWave lets you choose them using the NuGet Package Manager in Visual Studio. Open NuGet Package Manager (among other methods) from the .wixproj context menu in Solution Explorer by choosing
Select the extension you want to add, like
Add project references
If your WiX project consumes the output of another project—like a .wixproj that packages the .exe from a .csproj into an .msi—you can add a project reference to ensure that Visual Studio (and MSBuild for command line and CI/CD builds) builds the projects in the right order.
To add a project reference, right-click
In Reference Manager, select the projects to reference and choose OK.
Now when you build, the referenced projects will build before your WiX project.
HeatWave supports all the typical build-related commands you'd expect for WiX projects: Build, Rebuild, Clean. WiX projects build along with any other project inside Visual Studio solutions.
From the command line and on CI/CD build systems, you can build projects you created with HeatWave with MSBuild and