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Ever downloaded a program that didn't come with an installer? Stall is a command-line tool that can automagically install, or remove, your favorite Windows desktop apps.

Getting Started

First, grab the latest release at

After you've downloaded the binaries, open up CMD and run

cd Downloads
mkdir Stall
move stall.exe Stall
cd Stall
stall . -e stall.exe --script

Congratulations! You've just installed Stall using itself.


The format of commands should be: stall -e program [-i icon] [options] folder

  • -e is the executable of your program, e.g. YourApp.exe.
  • -i is the icon file to display on shortcuts, e.g. icon.ico. JPG and PNG are not accepted yet.
  • folder is your app's root folder. It should contain all of your app's files, e.g. DLLs and config files.

By default, the paths of program and icon are relative to the root folder. If you wish to override this behavior, prepend : to your path to make it relative to the current directory (or absolute).

Type stall --help for more usage.


Let's try installing an app in real life! As an example, ILSpy is one program that doesn't come with an installer. To install, download and unzip the binaries from their site, and run

cd ~/Downloads/ILSpy
stall . -e ILSpy.exe -i ILSpy.exe

which should install ILSpy.

If you want it to show up nicely in Control Panel, you could alternatively run

stall . -e ILSpy.exe -i ILSpy.exe -p IC#Code -v 2.3.1

which shows up as


Removing Apps

Have an app, or apps, installed that you'd like to remove? Running

stall -un names,of,the,apps

will uninstall them.

Unfortunately, the names of the apps need to be the ones listed in the Control Panel, so this is less intuitive than it sounds.

Hiding Apps

Stall also lets you 'hide' programs by running

stall --hide app,names

This will prevent the apps from showing up in the Control Panel, but won't actually uninstall them. Be warned however, this cannot be undone.

Building the Repo


  • Git
  • VS 2015

First clone the repo:

git clone

Then open up Stall.sln in Visual Studio, toggle the configuration to Release, and build.

Alternatively, if you prefer a command-line interface, open up CMD and run

cd Stall
msbuild /p:Configuration=Release

Once that's finished, the binaries should be in Stall/bin/Release. Follow the steps mentioned above and you'll have a fresh copy of Stall installed.


Stall is distributed under the BSD 2-clause license.

FAQ + Troubleshooting

What's the difference between Stall and Squirrel?

In short, Squirrel is meant to be a framework for self-updating apps. Stall can install apps without having to modify the code of the app itself, but doesn't manage app updates.

If your app requires a newer version of .NET to be installed (e.g. runs on .NET 4.6 but targets Windows 7), then you should probably use Squirrel as Stall doesn't offer that kind of functionality.

How does Stall compare to Windows Installer or ClickOnce?

Stall has:

  • no wizards
  • no reboots
  • no UAC dialogs

plus the points mentioned with Squirrel.

I followed the steps here, but Stall isn't in my PATH.

Usually, opening a new command prompt window should fix this.

What if my app icon is embedded in the .exe file?

Try running

stall -e YourApp.exe -i YourApp.exe path/to/YourApp

How do I upgrade to a newer version of Stall?

Just follow the steps in Getting Started, but run this at the end:

stall . -e stall.exe -s --overwrite

The --overwrite flag tells Stall to overwrite any existing files during the installation process, if needed.

Where can I contact you?

You can reach me on Twitter at @jameskodev, or /u/Subtle__ on Reddit.

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