Create app package sample
This sample shows you how to create an app package by using the app Packaging API.
Users acquire your app as an app package. Windows uses the information in an app package to install the app on a per-user basis, and ensure that all traces of the app are gone from the device after all users who installed the app uninstall it. Each package consists of the files that constitute the app, along with a package manifest file that describes the app to Windows.
The sample covers the following tasks:
- Use IAppxFactory::CreatePackageWriter to create a package writer.
- Use IAppxPackageWriter::AddPayloadFile to add the payload files to the package.
- Create an input stream and use IAppxPackageWriter::Close to write the manifest at the end of the package.
Warning This sample requires Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 or a later version (any SKU); it doesn't compile with Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 for Windows.
Note The Windows-classic-samples repo contains a variety of code samples that exercise the various programming models, platforms, features, and components available in Windows and/or Windows Server. This repo provides a Visual Studio solution (SLN) file for each sample, along with the source files, assets, resources, and metadata needed to compile and run the sample. For more info about the programming models, platforms, languages, and APIs demonstrated in these samples, check out the documentation on the Windows Dev Center. This sample is provided as-is in order to indicate or demonstrate the functionality of the programming models and feature APIs for Windows and/or Windows Server. This sample was created for Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Server 2012 R2 using Visual Studio 2013, but in many cases it will run unaltered using later versions. This sample was created for Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Server 2012 R2 using Visual Studio 2013, but in many cases it will run unaltered using later versions. Please provide feedback on this sample!
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Operating system requirements
Windows Server 2012 R2
Build the sample
From the Command window
Open a Command window.
Go to the directory where you downloaded the CreateAppx sample.
Run the following command:
From Visual Studio
Start Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.
Go to the directory where you downloaded the CreateAppx sample and select its Microsoft Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.
Press F7 (or F6 for Visual Studio 2013) or use Build > Build Solution.
Run the sample
Open a Command window.
Go to the CreateAppx\Data directory.
Run the following command (where <path> is "..\debug\CreateAppx" or "..\release\CreateAppx"):
This command creates an app package named HelloWorld.appx from the contents of the CreateAppx\Data directory.