Sharing data between users of a Universal App

  • Users of a Universal App can share data between them on the same physical machine.

  • With a proper synchronization mechanism, this method could also be used to communicate with a regular desktop app.

  • This feature is disabled by default and ApplicationData.Current.SharedLocalFolder will always return "null".


    How to use:

    • Enable the policy e.g. by creating a REG_DWORD value called AllowSharedLocalAppData under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\StateManager and set it to 1.
    • You can now run code similar to the following to access a shared file:
    • This code will create a file called Test.txt under C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\AppRepository\Families\<PACKAGE NAME>\SharedLocal\ .
  • [csharp]

  • Storage folder = ApplicationData.Current.SharedLocalFolder;

  • StorageFile file = await folder.CreateFileAsync("Test.txt");

  • await FileIO.WriteTextAsync(file, "Hello world!");

  • [/csharp]