App-V 5.x Automation Tool

TweakAppV is a free tool from Advanced Installer that takes App-V 5.x editing, from the command line, to a new level, by offering full access to the package contents. You can automate any operation for hundreds of packages in minutes, saving weeks of manual work.

TweakAppV is available together with Advanced Installer or you can download it as a standalone tool from the Tools page.

Predefined Commands

Using the /Update command you can invoke one of the predefined commands of TweakAppV, for example you can add or delete a file or a registry in the package.

If you want to execute multiple commands on a package you can create a commands file and execute it using the command /BatchFileUpdate. The commands file will contain individual calls to the predefined commands available in the tool.

XSLT for Anything Else

We always meet users that need to perform custom tweaks on their packages, so we looked for the best way to support all the cases. This is why we've added support to edit any manifest file from your App-V package using the command /TransformManifest.

This command allows you to select the manifest file you target, navigate through the contents of the file and update it as you wish.

If you don't know XSL you can use the free tool XSLTGen. This tool can generate your XSL transform, all you need to pass to it is two versions of the XML file, i.e. the manifest, how it looks before and after a transform would be applied. XSLTGen will compare the XML files and generate for you an XSL that you can later customize or use as it is an apply the transform for as many package as you need.

Samples and Usage Scenarios

The samples (see the installation folder for TweakAppV on your machine) provide you with some use cases. You can copy and alter them to fit your own scenarios.

Adding a simple file or registry inside the package, using a transform to update the list of supported OSs or using command files. These are all available in the samples folder. Don't forget to read the Readme.txt file too, it provides more details and examples.

If you have a scenario for which you don't know how to create an XSLT transform, contact us and we will try to build a sample for it.