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MAC OS - Application Packaging and Deployment Tool

11/15/2016 7129 views
I am working on Application Packaging Technology on Windows and looking to learn and get training on Application Packaging tools on Mac. 
Can someone help me in knowing what are most famous packaging tools  ( like Installshield, Wise Package Studio and Orca in Windows) and Deployment Tool (like SCCM in Windows) on Mac OS?
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I support Macs full-time.  My favorite GUI packager is InstallEase from Heat LANrev.  There is also "Packages" and Casper (JAMF) Composer.  They are best when the apps you are deploying have components in multiple locations and are not simply just an ".app" like say, Firefox.

On the Mac command line I like Apples' PKGBUILD.  Really great and fast once you get some command history going...I just update the version number when a new app gets released and deploy it.  It's built-in to macOS.  A sample statement in "Terminal" (in the /Applications/Utilities folder) looks like this:

sudo pkgbuild --install-location /Applications --component /Volumes/Firefox/Firefox.app ~/Desktop/Firefox.pkg

This command dumps the new Firefox app as a pkg on your Macs desktop and is ready to push out to any Macs you manage.

For deployment tools I like Heat LANrev for dual-platform deploying (if you are on a PC, for instance).  Another big all-Mac solution is of course JAMF Casper Suite.  There is also IBM BigFix and LANDesk, but I haven't used those.  JAMF and LANrev are both excellent.
Answered 11/15/2016 by: NinjaMac
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  • Hi ninjamac, i want to learn mac packaging. Could you please suggest any site where i can explore it in depth
    • I like this site for packaging how to's for mac:

      https://wiki.afp548.com/index.php/Guidelines_for_Mac_software_packaging
  • Thanks NinjaMac. Can you suggest us some basic cmds use in Mac Packaging like we use cmds for Install and Uninstall of Msi
    • See the site above for most of the packaging commands that I use. It does a very thorough job of showing most of the basics. Pkg is the mac version of msi, and payloads are the mac version of the windows cab files.

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I like Packages. It can be found at: http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Packages/about.html 

Answered 01/16/2017 by: MacDude
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