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Packaging, deployment, and query of Windows Store apps

You deploy, manage, and service Windows Store apps through app packages based on the OPC format. Each app package contains the files that constitute the app, and a manifest file that describes the software to Windows.

Introduction

Typically, developers create and sign app packages using Visual Studio. For more info, see Packaging your app using Visual Studio.

The Windows Store makes it easy to build, submit, and sell your apps to customers around the world. For more info, see Preparing your app for the Windows Store.

Windows PowerShell and the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) platform enable you can install and manage line-of-business Windows Store apps instead of using the Windows Store. For more info, see How to Add and Remove Apps.

Using the packaging, deployment, and query APIs, you can programmatically perform these tasks:

  • Create an app package for a Windows Store app
  • Deploy a Windows Store app
  • Enumerate the app packages installed on a system and get information about them from their manifest
  • Consume the contents of an app package

In this section

TopicDescription
How to create an app package Learn how to create an app package using the packaging API.
How to create an app package signing certificate Learn how to use MakeCert and Pvk2Pfx to create a test code signing certificate, so that you can sign your Windows Store app packages.
How to sign an app package using SignTool Learn how to use SignTool to sign your Windows Store app packages so they can be deployed.
How to troubleshoot app package signature errors An app deployment failure can be caused by a failure to validate the digital signature of the app package. Learn how to recognize these failures, and what to do about them.
How to programmatically sign an app package Learn how to sign an app package by using the SignerSignEx2 function.
How to develop an OEM app that uses a custom file Learn how to develop an app that uses a custom file to pass info from the OEM to the app.
Quickstart: Extract app package contents Learn how to extract files from an app package using the packaging API.
Quickstart: Query app package manifest info Learn how to get info from an app package manifest using the packaging API
Troubleshooting Provides info to help you troubleshoot problems you experience when packaging, deploying, or querying an app package.
Packaging API reference The packaging API creates, reads, and writes app packages.
Deployment API reference The deployment API installs, updates, and uninstalls app packages.
Query API reference The query API gets info about the app packages installed on the system.
Tools and PowerShell cmdlets Use these tools and cmdlets to create, install, and manage app packages.
SDK samples Download SDK samples that demonstrate the packaging, deployment, and query APIs for Windows Store apps.
Glossary Learn about the terms related to packaging, deployment, and query of Windows Store apps.

 

Related topics

Concepts
App packages and deployment
Other Reference
App package manifest schema
Windows.ApplicationModel.Package
Windows.ApplicationModel.PackageId
Windows.Management.Deployment.PackageManager
Windows.Management.Deployment.PackageUserInformation

 

 

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