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ClickOnce Deployment Manifest

A deployment manifest is an XML file that describes a ClickOnce deployment, including the identification of the current ClickOnce application version to deploy.

Deployment manifests have the following elements and attributes.

Element

Description

Attributes

<assembly> Element

Required. Top-level element.

manifestVersion

<assemblyIdentity> Element

Required. Identifies the application manifest for the ClickOnce application.

name

version

publicKeyToken

processorArchitecture

culture

<description> Element

Required. Identifies application information used to create a shell presence and the Add or Remove Programs item in Control Panel.

publisher

product

supportUrl

<deployment> Element

Optional. Identifies the attributes used for the deployment of updates and exposure to the system.

install

minimumRequiredVersion

mapFileExtensions

disallowUrlActivation

trustUrlParameters

<compatibleFrameworks> Element (ClickOnce Deployment)

Required. Identifies the versions of the .NET Framework where this application can install and run.

SupportUrl

<dependency> Element

Required. Identifies the version of the application to install for the deployment and the location of the application manifest.

preRequisite

visible

dependencyType

codebase

size

<publisherIdentity> Element (ClickOnce Deployment)

Required for signed manifests. Contains information about the publisher that signed this deployment manifest.

Name

issuerKeyHash

<Signature> Element

Optional. Contains the necessary information to digitally sign this deployment manifest.

None

<customErrorReporting> Element (ClickOnce Deployment)

Optional. Specifies a URI to show when an error occurs.

Uri

The deployment manifest file identifies a ClickOnce application deployment, including the current version and other deployment settings. It references the application manifest, which describes the current version of the application and all of the files contained within the deployment.

For more information, see ClickOnce Security and Deployment.

The deployment manifest file references the correct application manifest for the current version of the application. When you make a new version of an application deployment available, you must update the deployment manifest to refer to the new application manifest.

The deployment manifest file must be strongly named and can also contain certificates for publisher validation.

The name of a deployment manifest file must end with the .application extension.

The following code example illustrates a deployment manifest.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<asmv1:assembly xsi:schemaLocation="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1 assembly.adaptive.xsd"
  manifestVersion="1.0"
  xmlns:asmv3="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3"
  xmlns:dsig=http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#
  xmlns:co.v1="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:clickonce.v1"
  xmlns:co.v2="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:clickonce.v2"
  xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2"
  xmlns:asmv1="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1"
  xmlns:asmv2="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2"
  xmlns:xrml="urn:mpeg:mpeg21:2003:01-REL-R-NS"
  xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
  <assemblyIdentity 
    name="My Application Deployment.app"
    version="1.0.0.0"
    publicKeyToken="43cb1e8e7a352766"
    language="neutral"
    processorArchitecture="x86"
    xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" />
  <description
    asmv2:publisher="My Company Name"
    asmv2:product="My Application"
    xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" />
  <deployment install="true">
    <subscription>
      <update>
        <expiration maximumAge="0" unit="days" />
      </update>
    </subscription>
    <deploymentProvider codebase="\\myServer\sampleDeployment\MyApplicationDeployment.application" />
  </deployment>
  <compatibleFrameworks xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:clickonce.v2">
    <framework targetVersion="4.0" profile="Full" supportedRuntime="4.0.20506" />
    <framework targetVersion="4.0" profile="Client" supportedRuntime="4.0.20506" />
  </compatibleFrameworks>
  <dependency>
    <dependentAssembly
      dependencyType="install"
      codebase="1.0.0.0\My Application Deployment.exe.manifest"
      size="6756">
      <assemblyIdentity
        name="My Application Deployment.exe"
        version="1.0.0.0"
        publicKeyToken="43cb1e8e7a352766"
        language="neutral"
        processorArchitecture="x86"
        type="win32" />
      <hash>
        <dsig:Transforms>
          <dsig:Transform Algorithm="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:HashTransforms.Identity" />
        </dsig:Transforms>
        <dsig:DigestMethod Algorithm="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#sha1" />
        <dsig:DigestValue>E506x9FwNauks7UjQywmzgtd3FE=</dsig:DigestValue>
      </hash>
    </dependentAssembly>
  </dependency>
<publisherIdentity name="CN=DOMAIN\MyUsername" issuerKeyHash="18312a18a21b215ecf4cdb20f5a0e0b0dd263c08" /><Signature Id="StrongNameSignature" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/xmldsig#">
…
</Signature></asmv1:assembly>
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