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Demo wix project to publish a self-contained .NET Core app
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Project ToolsVersion="4.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">
<PropertyGroup>
<Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration>
<Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">x86</Platform>
<ProductVersion>3.10</ProductVersion>
<ProjectGuid>91e4dc15-312a-4e90-bc1c-01de5dc99447</ProjectGuid>
<SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion>
<OutputName>CoreConsoleAppSetup</OutputName>
<OutputType>Package</OutputType>
<DefineSolutionProperties>false</DefineSolutionProperties>
<WixTargetsPath Condition=" '$(WixTargetsPath)' == '' AND '$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)' != '' ">$(MSBuildExtensionsPath32)\Microsoft\WiX\v3.x\Wix.targets</WixTargetsPath>
<WixTargetsPath Condition=" '$(WixTargetsPath)' == '' ">$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Microsoft\WiX\v3.x\Wix.targets</WixTargetsPath>
</PropertyGroup>
<PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|x86' ">
<OutputPath>bin\$(Configuration)\</OutputPath>
<IntermediateOutputPath>obj\$(Configuration)\</IntermediateOutputPath>
<DefineConstants>Debug</DefineConstants>
</PropertyGroup>
<PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|x86' ">
<OutputPath>bin\$(Configuration)\</OutputPath>
<IntermediateOutputPath>obj\$(Configuration)\</IntermediateOutputPath>
</PropertyGroup>
<ItemGroup>
<Compile Include="Product.wxs" />
</ItemGroup>
<ItemGroup>
<ProjectReference Include="..\src\CoreConsoleApp\CoreConsoleApp.xproj">
<Name>CoreConsoleApp</Name>
<Project>{d6d08e89-e6ed-47bd-bf04-c149d2057970}</Project>
<Private>True</Private>
<DoNotHarvest>True</DoNotHarvest>
<RefProjectOutputGroups>Binaries;Content;Satellites</RefProjectOutputGroups>
<RefTargetDir>INSTALLFOLDER</RefTargetDir>
<IsDotnetSDKProject>True</IsDotnetSDKProject>
<TargetFrameworkIdentifier>netcoreapp1.0</TargetFrameworkIdentifier>
<Runtime>win7-x64</Runtime>
</ProjectReference>
</ItemGroup>
<Import Project="$(WixTargetsPath)" />
<Target Name="BeforeBuild">
<Exec WorkingDirectory="%(ProjectReference.RootDir)%(ProjectReference.Directory)" Command="dotnet publish -c $(Configuration) -f %(ProjectReference.TargetFrameworkIdentifier) -r %(ProjectReference.Runtime)" Condition="'%(ProjectReference.IsDotnetSDKProject)' == 'True'" />
<ItemGroup>
<LinkerBindInputPaths Include="%(ProjectReference.RootDir)%(ProjectReference.Directory)bin\$(Configuration)\%(ProjectReference.TargetFrameworkIdentifier)\%(ProjectReference.Runtime)\publish" />
</ItemGroup>
<HeatDirectory
DirectoryRefId="INSTALLFOLDER"
OutputFile="obj\$(Configuration)\%(ProjectReference.Name).wxs"
Directory="%(ProjectReference.RootDir)%(ProjectReference.Directory)bin\$(Configuration)\%(ProjectReference.TargetFrameworkIdentifier)\%(ProjectReference.Runtime)\publish"
ComponentGroupName="SourceComponentGroup"
ToolPath="$(WixToolPath)"
AutogenerateGuids="true"
SuppressCom="True"
SuppressRegistry="True"
SuppressFragments="true"
SuppressRootDirectory="true"
Condition="'%(ProjectReference.IsDotnetSDKProject)' == 'True'"/>
<ItemGroup>
<Compile Include="obj\$(Configuration)\%(ProjectReference.Name).wxs" Condition="'%(ProjectReference.IsDotnetSDKProject)' == 'True'" />
</ItemGroup>
</Target>
<!--
To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it.
Other similar extension points exist, see Wix.targets.
<Target Name="AfterBuild">
</Target>
-->
</Project>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Wix xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/wix/2006/wi">
<Product Id="*" Name="CoreConsoleAppSetup" Language="1033" Version="1.0.0.0" Manufacturer="Martin" UpgradeCode="5f5ea8c6-7584-4bf7-a935-1ec77a688106">
<Package InstallerVersion="200" Compressed="yes" InstallScope="perMachine" />
<MajorUpgrade DowngradeErrorMessage="A newer version of [ProductName] is already installed." />
<MediaTemplate EmbedCab="yes" />
<Feature Id="ProductFeature" Title="CoreConsoleAppSetup" Level="1">
<ComponentGroupRef Id="ProductComponents" />
</Feature>
</Product>
<Fragment>
<Directory Id="TARGETDIR" Name="SourceDir">
<Directory Id="ProgramFilesFolder">
<Directory Id="INSTALLFOLDER" Name="CoreConsoleAppSetup" />
</Directory>
</Directory>
</Fragment>
<Fragment>
<ComponentGroup Id="ProductComponents" Directory="INSTALLFOLDER">
<!-- TODO: Remove the comments around this Component element and the ComponentRef below in order to add resources to this installer. -->
<!-- <Component Id="ProductComponent"> -->
<!-- TODO: Insert files, registry keys, and other resources here. -->
<!-- </Component> -->
<ComponentGroupRef Id="SourceComponentGroup" />
</ComponentGroup>
</Fragment>
</Wix>
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@gaviriar gaviriar commented Aug 13, 2019

Hi @dasMulli,

Thanks for sharing this. Can you please tell me what version of WiX and dontet you tested this on? I am trying with WiX 3.14 and dotnet 2.1 and I seem to get errors :(

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@dasMulli dasMulli commented Aug 13, 2019

that was during .net core 1.0/1.1 timeframe..
Not sure this is a good way to do it anymore with new csproj - you may get NuGet errors (assets file) or something crazy.
I worked on another project where I built targets into a project that made the project to publish emit its publish output via a normal project-to-project reference (so you basically add a reference and you'll get the publish output in a subdirectory in your bin folder) that could be reused here. it's more difficult though.. you can find it at https://github.com/dasMulli/AssemblyInfoGenerationSdk/blob/7b5529abf6a86be3ed7302db438e0733e86959c9/src/DasMulli.AssemblyInfoGeneration.Sdk/sdk-layout.targets

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