Install tools for the Windows App SDK

Configure your development computer by installing the appropriate tools to develop apps for Windows with the Windows App SDK.

Note

This article is for the stable release channel of the Windows App SDK. See Windows App SDK release channels. For other channels, see Install tools for preview and experimental channels of the Windows App SDK.

Install tools with winget

To install the required tools and workloads using the command line, enter one of the following commands in the console. This is supported only with Visual Studio 2022 and later. If you already have Visual Studio 2022 or later installed, then the command will open Visual Studio Installer with any missing workloads selected. You can then select Modify in the Visual Studio Installer to install the required workloads.

For C# developers

winget install "Visual Studio Community 2022"  --override "--add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.ManagedDesktop Microsoft.VisualStudio.ComponentGroup.WindowsAppSDK.Cs" -s msstore

For C++ developers

winget install "Visual Studio Community 2022"  --override "--add Microsoft.VisualStudio.Workload.NativeDesktop  Microsoft.VisualStudio.ComponentGroup.WindowsAppSDK.Cpp"  -s msstore

Install tools manually

To install the required tools and workloads manually, read the following sections.

Install Visual Studio

Use these links to install Visual Studio 2022 (recommended) or Visual Studio 2019. You can choose between the free Visual Studio Community Edition, Visual Studio Professional, or Visual Studio Enterprise. Before you begin, see System requirements for Windows app development.

Important

Visual Studio 2019 only supports Windows App SDK 1.1 and earlier. Visual Studio 2022 is recommended for developing apps with all versions of the Windows App SDK.

Required workloads and components

While installing Visual Studio, you have the option to install the workloads and components you want. After installation, you can open Visual Studio Installer and select Modify to add workloads and components.

While installing, select the following workloads and components:

  • On the Workloads tab of the installation dialog box, select as appropriate:

    • For C# app development using the Windows App SDK, select .NET Desktop Development.
      • Then in the Installation details pane of the installation dialog box, select Windows App SDK C# Templates (at the bottom of the list).
    • For C++ app development using the Windows App SDK, select Desktop development with C++
      • Then in the Installation details pane of the installation dialog box, select Windows App SDK C++ Templates (at the bottom of the list).
  • For Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app development, select Universal Windows Platform development

    • Then in the Installation details pane of the installation dialog box for that workload, make sure C++ (v143) Universal Windows Platform tools is selected.
  • On the Individual components tab of the installation dialog box, in the SDKs, libraries, and frameworks section, make sure Windows 10 SDK (10.0.19041.0) is selected.

Visual Studio project and item templates

The Windows App SDK includes Visual Studio project and item templates for creating and developing WinUI 3 apps.

If you followed the instructions in Required workloads and components above, then the templates are already installed.

Install Template Studio for WinUI (C#) to accelerate the creation of new .NET WinUI apps using a wizard-based UI. Select from a variety of project types and features to generate a project template customized for you.

For more versions of the Windows App SDK, see Downloads for the Windows App SDK.

Hybrid C/C++ runtime library linkage

In releases 1.0.3 and 1.1 Preview 2 and later, the Windows App SDK uses Hybrid C/C++ runtime library linkage (hybrid CRT linkage). This is a CRT linkage technique that simplifies deployment. Whether you're a C++ application developer or a C++ library developer, here are some resources for learning about hybrid CRT linkage:

Next steps

To create your first WinUI 3 app that uses the Windows App SDK, see Create your first WinUI 3 project.

Also see Use the Windows App SDK in an existing project.