XAP File in Windows Phone

XAP is the file which is used to deploy the app to the unlocked windows phone 8 device or submit the app for windows phone store.

In simple terms, XAP is the output of the Windows Phone 8 project in Visual Studio and is a compressed files which contains assemblies, images, configuration files etc.

The XAP file also contains 2 more important application manifest file

  • AppManifest.xml
  • WMAppManifest.xml

These 2 important configuration files are generally located within the project’s properties folder.