Publish Page, Project Designer

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The Publish page of the Project Designer is used to configure properties for ClickOnce deployment.

To access the Publish page, select a project node in Solution Explorer, and then, on the Project menu, click Properties. When the Project Designer appears, click the Publish tab.


In ClickOnce for .NET Core 3.1 and .NET 5 or later, you set deployment properties using the Publish tool instead of the Publish wizard and the Publish page of the Project Designer. For more information, see Deploy a .NET Windows application using ClickOnce and ClickOnce for .NET.


Some of the ClickOnce properties described here can also be set in the PublishWizard, available from the Build menu or by clicking the PublishWizard button on this page.

UIElement List

Publishing Folder Location

Specifies the location where the application is published. Can be a drive path (C:\deploy\myapplication), a file share (\\server\myapplication), or an FTP server ( Note that text must be present in the Publishing Location box in order for the browse (...) button to work.

Installation Folder URL

Optional. Specifies a website to which users go to install the application. This is necessary only when it differs from the Publishing Location, for example, when the application is published to a staging server.

Install Mode and Settings

Determines whether the application is run directly from the Publishing Location (when The application is available online only is selected) or is installed and added to the Start menu and the Add or Remove Programs item in Control Panel (when The application is available offline as well is selected).

For WPF web browser apps, the The application is available offline as well option is disabled, because such applications are available only online.

Application Files

Opens the Application Files dialog box, which is used to specify how and where individual files are installed.


Opens the Prerequisites dialog box, which is used to specify prerequisite components, such as the .NET Framework, to be installed together with the application.


Opens the Application Updates dialog box, which is used to specify update behavior for the application. Not available when The application is available online only is selected.


Opens the Publish Options dialog box, which is used to specify additional advanced publishing options.

Publish Version

Sets the publish version number for the application; when the version number is changed, the application is published as an update. Each part of the publish version (Major, Minor, Build, Revision) can have a maximum value of 65355 (MaxValue), the maximum allowed by Version.

When you install more than one version of an application by using ClickOnce, the installation moves earlier versions of the application into a folder named Archive, in the publish location that you specify. Archiving earlier versions in this manner keeps the installation directory clear of folders from the earlier version.

Automatically increment revision with each publish

Optional. When this option is selected (the default), the Revision part of the publish version number is incremented by one every time that the application is published. This causes the application to be published as an update.

Publish Wizard

Opens the Publish Wizard. Completing the Publish Wizard has the same effect as running the Publish command on the Build menu.

Publish Now

Publishes the application using the current settings. Equivalent to the Finish button in the PublishWizard.

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