The Zero Install system aims to provide a better way of installing software than traditional systems (tarballs, apt-get,
bundles, setup.exe, etc). Here are some of our goals:

Anyone can install software

You don’t have to be the administrator (root) just to install a word-processor more ]

Anyone can distribute software

You don’t need to be blessed by a distribution (or anyone else) to be part of Zero Install;
The system is completely decentralised more ]

It doesn’t matter whether software is installed or not

You just run it. Zero Install handles the rest (downloading and caching as needed) more ]


If one user downloads a malicious program, other users aren’t affected;
Users can share downloads without having to trust each other;
Installation does not execute any of the downloaded code;
Digital signatures are always checked before new software is run more ]