Debug your desktop application inside an UWP app container (Desktop Bridge) using the Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 extension from Advanced Installer Professional edition, or higher.

There are two methods to get an AppX package built and debugged from your current Visual Studio solution:

  1. Import the .appx package inside a new Advanced Installer project in our Visual Studio Extension
  2. Add an UWP AppX build as additional output in an existing Advanced Installer MSI project

Import AppX Package

The import is straightforward, just create a new Advanced Desktop Bridge Project and select your AppX when prompted. Set the new project as Startup Project, enable debugging by selection your default application, then start debugging your application, as shown in the following video.


To import it in your VS solution please make sure you have first installed the appropriate Visual Studio 2015 or Visual Studio 2017 extension and the latest version of Advanced Installer.

Create New Advanced Installer Project

If you are already using Advanced Installer or our VS extension, creating an UWP build cannot be simpler. Just go to the UWP view in your project and select “Add UWP Build”.


For both scenarios, Advanced Installer saves your options in a single project, where you can continue customizing your package. For a step by step introduction, take a closer look at the following tutorial.

How to debug Desktop Bridge Apps
Follow the introductory tutorial to create a working sample

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