Get Started with UWP/WinUI

The App Center SDK uses a modular architecture so you can use any or all of the services.

Let's get started with setting up App Center SDK in your app to use App Center Analytics and App Center Crashes.

1. Prerequisites

Before you begin, make sure that the following prerequisites are met:

For UWP project:

  • Your project is set up in Visual Studio 2017 Update 15.9 or later.
  • You're targeting devices running Windows 10 build 16299 or later.
  • Your project references Universal Windows Platform 6.2.8 or later (this package is typically referenced implicitly).
  • NuGet 4.3 or later.

For WinUI project:

  • Your project is set up in Visual Studio 2019 Update 16.9 or later.
  • You're targeting devices running Windows 10 build 17763 or later.
  • Your project references WinUI 3 0.8.0 or later.


If you want to use Xamarin.Forms for UWP, follow the Xamarin Getting started documentation instead of this one.

2. Create your app in the App Center Portal to obtain the App Secret

If you have already created your app in the App Center portal, you can skip this step.

  1. Sign up or log in and hit the blue button on the top right corner of the portal that says Add new and select Add new app from the dropdown menu.
  2. Enter a name and an optional description for your app.
  3. Select the appropriate OS and platform depending on your project as described above.
  4. Hit the button at the bottom right that says Add new app.

Once you have created an app, you can obtain its App Secret on the Settings page on the App Center Portal. At the top right hand corner of the Settings page, click on the triple vertical dots and select Copy app secret to get your App Secret.

3. Add the App Center SDK modules

The App Center SDK can be integrated using Visual Studio, or the Package Manager Console.

Visual Studio

  • Open Visual Studio.
  • Click File > Open and choose your solution.
  • In the solution navigator, right-click References and choose Manage NuGet Packages.
  • In the Browse tab, Search for App Center, and install Microsoft.AppCenter.Analytics and Microsoft.AppCenter.Crashes packages.

Package Manager Console

  • Open the console in Visual Studio. To do this, choose Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Package Manager Console.
  • Type the following commands:
Install-Package Microsoft.AppCenter.Analytics
Install-Package Microsoft.AppCenter.Crashes

Now that you've integrated the SDK in your application, it's time to start the SDK and make use of the App Center services.


If you use the App Center SDK in a portable project (such as Xamarin.Forms), you must install the packages in each of the projects: the portable, Android, and iOS ones. To do that, you should open each sub-project and follow the corresponding steps described in Visual Studio section.

4. Add the Internet (Client) capability

In Visual Studio solution explorer, double-click the Package.appxmanifest file for your application. Click the Capabilities tab then check the Internet (Client) capability.

5. Start the SDK

To use App Center, you must opt in to the module(s) that you want to use. By default no modules are started and you must explicitly call each of them when starting the SDK.

5.1 Add the using directives

Add the appropriate namespaces before you use our APIs.

using Microsoft.AppCenter;
using Microsoft.AppCenter.Analytics;
using Microsoft.AppCenter.Crashes;

5.2 Add the Start() method

Add the following call to your application's constructor:

AppCenter.Start("{Your App Secret}", typeof(Analytics), typeof(Crashes));


It's not recommended to embed your App Secret in source code.

If you need to start App Center services separately, you should:

  1. Configure or start it with the App Secret.
  2. If the code can be called multiple times, check if the App Center is already configured.
  3. Start the required service(s) without the App Secret.
AppCenter.Configure("{Your App Secret}");
if (AppCenter.Configured)

5.3 Replace the placeholder with your App Secret

Make sure to replace {Your App Secret} text with the actual value for your application. The App Secret can be found on the Getting Started page or Settings page on the App Center portal.

The Getting Started page contains the above code sample with your App Secret in it, you can copy-paste the whole sample.

The example above shows how to use the Start() method and includes App Center Analytics.

Unless you explicitly specify each service as parameters in the start method, you can't use that App Center service. In addition, the Start() API can be used only once in the lifecycle of your app – all other calls will log a warning to the console and only the services included in the first call will be available.

Great, you're all set to visualize Analytics on the portal that the SDK collects automatically.

Look at the documentation for App Center Analytics and App Center Crashes to learn how to customize and use more advanced functionalities of both services.