.APPXMANIFEST File Extension
Windows 10 App Manifest
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What is an APPXMANIFEST file?
An APPXMANIFEST file is an XML file that software developers use for packaging Windows 10 apps. The file contains settings such as the app identity, system requirements, and icon assets. Windows uses this information when installing the app or displaying information about the software to users.
APPXMANIFEST files are created by Visual Studio, Microsoft's official IDE for building Windows 10 apps. When a developer creates a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app, Visual Studio automatically generates a file named Package.appxmanifest. Developers can open the file in a visual editor and specify the app settings.
When packaging an app, Visual Studio digitally signs the package manifest and prepares an app package for release to users. Various output package types include .APPX, .MSIX, .APPXBUNDLE, .MSIXBUNDLE, .APPXUPLOAD, and .MSIXUPLOAD.
Common APPXMANIFEST Filenames
Package.appxmanifest - An XML file for a Windows 10 app that describes application properties and settings.