Basic extract app package sample

This sample demonstrates how to read an app package and extract its contents to disk 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:

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.

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Operating system requirements

Client

Windows 8.1

Server

Windows Server 2012 R2

Build the sample

From the Command window

  1. Open a Command Prompt window.

  2. Go to the directory where you downloaded the ExtractAppx sample.

  3. Run the following command:

    msbuild ExtractAppx.sln

From Visual Studio

  1. Start Visual Studio and select File > Open > Project/Solution.

  2. Go to the directory where you downloaded the ExtractAppx sample and double-click its Microsoft Visual Studio Solution (.sln) file.

  3. Press F7 (or F6 for Visual Studio 2013) or use Build > Build Solution.

Run the sample

  1. Open a Command Prompt window.

  2. Go to the directory that contains ExtractAppx.exe.

  3. Run the following command:

    ExtractAppx appPackage.appx outputFolder

    For testing purposes, you can specify Data\HelloWorld.appx as the package. The contents of this package are written to the outputFolder directory.

Samples

Create app package sample

Tasks

Quickstart: Extract app package contents

Concepts

App packages and deployment

Reference

IAppxFactory::CreatePackageReader

IAppxPackageReader

App packaging and deployment