Kae Travis

Create a URL Shortcut using the IniFile table

With a Windows Installer there are a couple of ways we can create a URL shortcut, but I like to create a URL shortcut using the IniFile table. In this example, we create a file called ‘Alkane App.url’ on the desktop. It will look similar to this:

Alkane App Shortcut




If you opened the file in Notepad you would see it looks similar to this (depending upon the public properties we pass at install time):

IconFile=C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

And this is what the IniFile table looks like that creates it:

URL Shortcut IniFile table

A few pointers; In the FileName column we should specify a short name|long name format (remember we’re adding all these entries to the same file name so they’re all identical). The DirProperty does NOT require the square brackets (Example, [DesktopFolder] would be incorrect). The [IPADDRESS] and [PORT] are public properties, which we specify on the install command line. For example:

MSIEXEC /I AlkaneApp.msi IPADDRESS=”″ PORT=”80″ /QB!

And the icon for this shortcut points to the Internet Explorer executable, and uses the embedded icon with an index of 0.

Also you should ensure that the Component_ points to a component which will definitely be installed (and removed).

Create a URL Shortcut using the IniFile table
Create a URL Shortcut using the IniFile table

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