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A wrapper executable that can run any executable as a Windows service, in a permissive license.

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Windows Service Wrapper in a permissive license

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WinSW wraps and manages any application as a Windows service.

We are actively developing WinSW 3. Please refer to the v2 branch for previous version documentation.

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See the project manifest.

Supported platforms

WinSW 3 can run on Windows platforms with .NET Framework 4.6.1 or later versions installed. For systems without .NET Framework, the project provides native 64-bit and 32-bit executables based on .NET Core.

More executables can be added upon request.

.NET Framework system requirements\ Preinstalled since Windows 10, version 1511 and Windows Server 2016.\ Installable since Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

.NET 5 system requirements\ Supported since Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server (Core) 2012 R2 and Nano Server, version 1809.


Latest release and pre-release WinSW binaries are available on GitHub Releases.

Alternative sources:


WinSW is being managed by the XML configuration file.

Your renamed WinSW.exe binary also accepts the following commands:

| Command | Description | | ------- | ----------- | | install | Installs the service. This command requires some preliminary steps described in the installation guide. | | uninstall | Uninstalls the service. | | start | Starts the service. | | stop | Stops the service. | | restart | Stops and then starts the service. | | status | Checks the status of the service. | | test | Checks if the service can be started and then stopped without installation. | | refresh | Refreshes the service properties without reinstallation. | | customize | Customizes the wrapper executable. | | dev | Experimental commands. |

Experimental commands:

| Command | Description | | ------- | ----------- | | dev ps | Draws the process tree associated with the service. | | dev kill | Terminates the service if it has stopped responding. | | dev list | Lists services managed by the current executable. |

Most commands require Administrator privileges to execute. WinSW will prompt for UAC in non-elevated sessions.



Contributions are welcome! See the contributing guidelines for more information.


WinSW is licensed under the MIT license.

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