Alternatives for the application to make it as a packaged application?

Rohan Pande 210 Reputation points


I am currently building a WinUI3 C++ application using Windows App SDK. But currently the application is unpackaged mode.

I am currently thinking to shift to packaged mode as it is recommended by the Microsoft currently I have tried the sample packaged application (WinUI3 blank app) of Visual Studio.

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During publishing the application, internally it uses MSIX to generates this '.msix' file which launches the application.

My question is can I make my application packaged myself via command line something... instead of using MSIX?

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  1. Jeanine Zhang-MSFT 9,026 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    In the packaged mode, you need to package your app via MISX. And you can only get an .msix file not a .exe file.

    If you want to double click on the exe to launch the application, it can be done in unpackaged mode. You just need to add the lines to your *.csproj .


    Thank you.


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