The current Windows installer is based on NSIS. Source code can be found at
Pre-release versions of the Windows installer are uploaded to
As of version 2012.4.0.0:
- No shared versions of the OpenGL and GLUT libraries since OpenGL fails to build with --enable-shared.
- No documentation for the GLUT library. Haddock fails on it for some reason.
- The upgrading issue wasn't given much thought, so you're advised to delete the previous Haskell Platform installation before using this installer. OTOH, our behaviour is no worse than that of the existing GHC installer.
- The installer should work with restricted user accounts, but it has not been tested much. The "just unpack" option should be safe, however, since it doesn't do anything fancy.
For the 2009.2.0 release, we had 1500 (exactly) downloads of the windows installer, from May 5 - May 9.
In the future, we will likely make use of Sigbjorn Finne's BAMSE work.
BAMSE is a MSI package creator. It has the ability to specify if you want to provide support for installing your Cabal package after having unpacked it, i.e., it is assumed that you are shipping a pre-built version of the package with the MSI.