WinUI2 : How to package and deploy the WinUI2 app as a single exe

Harshithraj1871 1,516 Reputation points
2023-05-09T08:49:55.5+00:00

Hi,

I am working on WinUI2 application and was exploring on its packaging and deployment.

As WinUI2 application use MSIX and .appx app packages for deployment and installation, can we package a WinUI2 application as a single .exe file which can be shared with other system where we don't have to install anything extra as a runtime requirement?

Thank you

Universal Windows Platform (UWP)
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  1. Junjie Zhu - MSFT 16,146 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-05-10T02:53:52.2633333+00:00

    Hello,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    If you are using a UWP project, it cannot be packaged into a single .exe file. UWP supports the following three types of packag. There is no content about UWP packaging into exe in the official document.

    UWP Types of app packages

    • App Package (.msix or .appx)
    • App Bundle (.msixbundle or .appxbundle)
    • App Package Upload File (.msixupload or .appxupload) - for Store Submission only

    If it is a Desktop app(Windows Forms, WPF, Win32 etc.), you can try to package it into an exe file.

    Thank you


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