Make SFX – Make self-extracting archive or stand-alone executable file

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Make SFX is an very easy-to-use (only 2 steps: select source folder -> set the target EXE file name. All done!) freeware utility specially designed to make self-extracting (SFX) archives or stand-alone (un-extracted) executable (EXE) file with ease.

It does not like WinRAR or 7-Zip, whose SFX module can be decompressed. On the contrary, single executable file made by Make SFX can not be decompressed by any decompression software – which I think is just one of our desired effects using this tool. So inevitably there might not be very high compression ratio used to the generated EXE file (i.e. there is no change to the file size). But that still can be done with the help of the powerful and convenient UPX to get the higher compression strength.

I think you may have thought of one of its main purposes – right, that’s making portable version of software, i.e. making the installed software into a single executable and portable version, and then share it or take it anywhere with you.

// Key Features //

  • ZLIB compression method
  • Various extraction folders (TEMP, current, desktop, documents or custom folder)
  • For custom folder you can use environment variables (e.g. %USERPROFILE%\MyApplication\)
  • Automatically copies the icon from the executable file
  • Automatically copies version information from the executable file
  • SFX packing program has command line support
  • Silent extraction mode (do not show progress bar and error messages when extracting)
  • Self destructing mode (delete SFX file after executable file has finished executing)
  • Run SFX file as administrator (UAC auto-elevation)

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