[wix-users] is a bundle of appx an appxbundle ?

Rob Mensching rob at firegiant.com
Tue Nov 1 09:21:53 PDT 2016

The FireGiant AppX Extension (https://www.firegiant.com/products/wix-expansion-pack/appx/) allows you to continue to work with your .wxs code and the WiX Toolset + Extension will create both MSI and AppX packages. In other words, you don't need to maintain the AppxManifest.xml, Registry.dat, resources.pri, resource packages, .appxbundles (should you use those), etc. separately.

The AppX Extension can save you a lot of time since it integrates seamlessly into your build process. Most importantly, it will help avoid bugs since setup logic changes do not have to be duplicated.

That's why we built it anyway. <smile/>

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-----Original Message-----
From: wix-users [mailto:wix-users-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org] On Behalf Of David Connet
Sent: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 8:26 AM
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Subject: Re: [wix-users] is a bundle of appx an appxbundle ?

I haven't looked into the wix extensions yet, but I have taken our desktop app into the store.
What we do (simplified):- Our build process generates a zip of the file layout, this is fed into the store build (on jenkins)- Unzip this to 'buildDirectory/VFS' (buildDirectory has the AppxManifest.xml in it already, plus an 'Assets' dir that the xml references)  (there's actually more we do, like some cleanup, but that's not important here...)
- makeappx pack /l /o /d buildDirectory /p ourapp.appx- copy ourapp.appx to dir/ourapp.appx- makeappx bundle /o /d dir /p ourapp.appxbundle We only ran conversion once - then I just started tweaking the appxmanifest. And removed most other stuff like the registry.


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