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.ist File Extension

Developer: Flexera Software
File type: InstallShield Project Template File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ist. Files with the file extension .ist can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ist files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ist file?

IST files are known as InstallShield Project Template Files. They are developed by the Flexera software and categorized as developer files. These files refer to the project templates that were created using InstallShield. This is a program useful for the creation of Windows Installer (.MSI) and InstallScript-based installation packages. The IST files created by this application contain reusable templates like default settings, design elements, as well as codes. They can also include directory structures, texts, default images as well as custom scripts. Pre-formatted templates where the installation projects are based on are provided by IST files. In order to standardize installations among numerous projects, one or more templates should be created and distributed by developer teams. Either the InstallShield's Premiere or Professional editions can create IST files. Flexera InstallShield runs on a Windows operating system and it is considered the only software installer that is able to build Microsoft App-V virtual packages.

how to open a .ist file?

Launch a .ist file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ist file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ist files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ist file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ist file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ist file association errors

applications that open a .ist file

Flexera InstallShield

Flexera InstallShield

InstallShield is an application used to create software packages and MSI Installers for Windows that can be used for mobile, server, desktop and Web programs. It is the only software that can install Microsoft App-V [virtual] packages. The program generates an EXE file to be used on the target computer to be able to install payloads from the source computer [the computer that created it]. Registry settings, prerequisites and questions may be specified for the user to choose from upon installation. Projects created by InstallShield have IPR formats that contain project data such as scripts, installer dialog settings, directory structures and other settings. They store valuable information to create the installation packages. The latest version 2012 Spring has added support features for Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8, while still supporting older and traditional programs. The database scripting abilities of Microsoft SQL Azure allows hybrid cloud deployments. It performs automatic downloads of patches and updates during runtime. It supports Enterprise transformation with its PowerShell Support and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Support features. It has enhanced its Suite capabilities based on customer requests with its InstallShield 2012 Premier Suite Advanced UI feature. It has redesigned its wizard pages and wizard page editor to fit new generation users.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ist files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ist. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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