.APPXMANIFEST File Extension

Windows 10 App Manifest

Developer Microsoft
3.7  |  7 Votes

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.

More Information

Screenshot of a .appxmanifest file in Microsoft Visual Studio 2017
APPXMANIFEST file open in Microsoft Visual Studio 2017

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.

Open over 400 file formats with File Viewer Plus.Free Download

Programs that open or reference APPXMANIFEST files

Verified by FileInfo.com

The FileInfo.com team has independently researched the Windows 10 App Manifest file format and Windows apps listed on this page. Our goal is 100% accuracy and we only publish information about file types that we have verified.

If you would like to suggest any additions or updates to this page, please let us know.