Install apps with the WinAppDeployCmd.exe tool

[ Updated for UWP apps on Windows 10. For Windows 8.x articles, see the archive ]

Windows Application Deployment (WinAppDeployCmd.exe) is a command line tool that can use to deploy a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app from a Windows 10 PC to any Windows 10 device. You can use this tool to deploy an .appx package when the Windows 10 device is connected by USB or available on the same subnet without needing Microsoft Visual Studio or the solution for that app. You can also deploy the app without packaging first to a remote PC or Xbox One. This article describes how to install UWP apps using this tool.

You just need the Windows 10 SDK installed to run the WinAppDeployCmd tool from a command prompt or a script file. When you install an app with WinAppDeployCmd.exe, this uses the .appx file or AppxManifest(for loose files) to side-load your app onto a Windows 10 device. This command does not install the certificate required for your app. To run the app, the Windows 10 device must be in developer mode or already have the certificate installed.

To deploy to mobile devices, you must first create a package. For more information, see here.

The WinAppDeployCmd.exe tool is located here on your Windows 10 PC: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\bin\x86\WinAppDeployCmd.exe (based on your installation path for the SDK). First, connect your Windows 10 device to the same subnet or connect it directly to your Windows 10 machine with a USB connection. Then use the following syntax and examples of this command later in this article to deploy your UWP app:

WinAppDeployCmd syntax and options

This is the general syntax used for WinAppDeployCmd.exe:

WinAppDeployCmd command -option <argument>

Here are some additional syntax examples for using various commands:

WinAppDeployCmd devices
WinAppDeployCmd devices <x>
WinAppDeployCmd install -file <path> -ip <address>
WinAppDeployCmd install -file <path> -guid <address> -pin <p>
WinAppDeployCmd install -file <path> -ip <address> -dependency <a> <b> 
WinAppDeployCmd install -file <path> -guid <address> -dependency <a> <b>
WinAppDeployCmd uninstall -file <path>
WinAppDeployCmd uninstall -package <name>
WinAppDeployCmd update -file <path>
WinAppDeployCmd list -ip <address>
WinAppDeployCmd list -guid <address>
WinAppDeployCmd deployfiles -file <path> -remotedeploydir <remoterelativepath> -ip <address>
WinAppDeployCmd registerfiles -remotedeploydir <remoterelativepath> -ip <address>
WinAppDeployCmd addcreds -credserver <server> -credusername <username> -credpassword <password> -ip <address>
WinAppDeployCmd getcreds -credserver <server> -ip <address>
WinAppDeployCmd deletecreds -credserver <server> -ip <address>

You can install or uninstall an app on the target device, or you can update an app that's already installed. To keep data or settings saved by an app that's already installed, use the update options instead of the install options.

The following table describes the commands for WinAppDeployCmd.exe.

Command Description
devices Show the list of available network devices.
install Install a UWP app package to the target device.
update Update a UWP app that is already installed on the target device.
list Show the list of UWP apps installed on the specified target device.
uninstall Uninstall the specified app package from the target device.
deployfiles Copy over loose file app at the target path to the remote relative path on the device.
registerfiles Register the loose file app at the remote deploy directory.
addcreds Add credentials to an Xbox to allow it to access a network location for app registration.
getcreds Get network credentials for the target uses when running an application from a network share.
deletecreds Delete network credentials the target uses when running an application from a network share.

The following table describes the options for WinAppDeployCmd.exe

Command Description
-h (-help) Show the commands, options and arguments.
-ip IP address of the target device.
-g (-guid) Unique identifier of the target device.
-d (-dependency) (Optional) Specifies the dependency path for each of the package dependencies.
If no path is specified, the tool searches for dependencies in the root directory for the app package and the SDK directories.
-f (-file) File path for the app package to install, update or uninstall.
-p (-package) The full package name for the app package to uninstall.
(You can use the list command to find the full names for packages already installed on the device.)
-pin A pin if it is required to establish a connection with the target device.
(You will be prompted to retry with the -pin option if authentication is required.)
-credserver The server name of the network credentials for use by the target.
-credusername The user name of the network credentials for use by the target.
-credpassword The password of the network credentials for use by the target.
-connecttimeout The timeout in seconds used when connecting to the device.
-remotedeploydir Relative directory path/name to copy files over to on the remote device;
This will be a well-known, automatically determined remote deployment folder.
-deleteextrafile Switch to indicate whether existing files in the remote directory should be purged to match the source directory.

The following table describes the options for WinAppDeployCmd.exe.

Argument Description
<x> Timeout in seconds. (Default is 10)
<address> IP address or unique identifier of the target device.
<a><b> ... Dependency path for each of the app package dependencies.
<p> An alpha-numeric pin shown in the device settings to establish a connection.
<path> File system path.
<name> Full package name for the app package to uninstall.
<server> Server on the file network.
<username> User for the credentials with access to the server on the file network.
<password> Password for the credentials with access to the server on the files network.
<remotedeploydir> Directory on device relative to the deployment location

WinAppDeployCmd.exe examples

Here are some examples of how to deploy from the command-line using the sytax for WinAppDeployCmd.exe.

Shows the devices that are available for deployment. The command times out in 3 seconds.

WinAppDeployCmd devices 3

Installs the app from MyApp.appx package that is in your PC's Downloads directory to a Windows 10 device with an IP address of 192.168.0.1 with a PIN of A1B2C3 to establish a connection with the device

WinAppDeployCmd install -file "Downloads\MyApp.appx" -ip 192.168.0.1 -pin A1B2C3

Uninstalls the specified package (based on its full name) from a Windows 10 device with an IP address of 192.168.0.1. You can use the list command to see the full names of any packages that are installed on a device.

WinAppDeployCmd uninstall -package Company.MyApp_1.0.0.1_x64__qwertyuiop -ip 192.168.0.1

Updates the app that is already installed on the Windows 10 device with an IP address of 192.168.0.1 using the specified .appx package.

WinAppDeployCmd update -file "Downloads\MyApp.appx" -ip 192.168.0.1

Deploys the files of an app to a PC or Xbox with an IP address of 192.168.0.1 in the same folder as the AppxManifest to the app1_F5 directory under the deployment path of the device.

WinAppDeployCmd deployfiles -file "C:\apps\App1\AppxManifest.xml" -remotedeploydir app1_F5 -ip 192.168.0.1

Registers the app at the app1_F5 directory under the deployment path of the PC or Xbox at 192.168.0.1.

WinAppDeployCmd registerfiles -file app1_F5 -ip 192.168.0.1

Using WinAppDeployCmd to set up Run from PC deployment on Xbox One

Run from PC allows you to deploy a UWP application to an Xbox One without copying the binaries over, instead the binaries are hosted on a network share on the same network as the Xbox. In order to do this, you need a developer unlocked Xbox One, and a loose file UWP application on a network drive that the Xbox can access.

Run this to register the app:

WinAppDeployCmd registerfiles -ip <Xbox One IP> -remotedeploydir <location of app> -username <user for network> -password <password for user>

ex. WinAppDeployCmd register files -ip 192.168.0.1 -remotedeploydir \\driveA\myAppLocation -username admin -password A1B2C3