[wix-users] .NET 7 NativeAOT Custom Actions appear to work
the.edwin.young at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 22:45:16 PST 2022
I've long found it a bit frustrating to write custom actions - writing
HRESULT-style C++ makes me sad, and managed custom actions, despite the
awesome work the Wix team has put in, have some drawbacks, like the
dependency on having a compatible framework installed.
So I was quite excited to see that .NET 7 has the ability to output DLLs
which have no dependencies and can be called from unmanaged code :-)
at main · dotnet/samples · GitHub
I wanted to see if this would work for Custom Actions, and according to my
very first experiment, the answer appears to be yes!
edyoung/net7ca: Experiment to see if I can write Custom Actions in .NET 7
I can write a custom action in C#:
public class Class1
[UnmanagedCallersOnly(EntryPoint = "CustomAction2")]
public static uint CustomAction2(IntPtr handle)
using Session session = Session.FromHandle(handle, false);
session.Log("Custom Action 2 Called");
Compile it with .NET 7, publish it, and call it from an installer. The log
message appears in the MSI log!
The binary DLL which is output contains all the bits of the CLR which are
required, which turns out to be about 3MB - painfully large, but not
impossible if you have a largish install package.
So obviously, this is a very long way from a production solution - there
are likely all sorts of problems ahead - but I'm quite excited about the
possibilities, so I wanted to share.
Also, Wix4 worked beautifully first time for this experiment. Thanks Rob &
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