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Universal Windows app samples

This repo contains the samples that demonstrate the API usage patterns for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) in the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 10. These code samples were created with the Universal Windows templates available in Visual Studio, and are designed to run on desktop, mobile, and future devices that support the Universal Windows Platform.

Universal Windows Platform development

These samples require Visual Studio 2015 and the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 10 to build, test, and deploy your Universal Windows apps.

Get a free copy of Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition with support for building Universal Windows apps

Additionally, to stay on top of the latest updates to Windows and the development tools, become a Windows Insider by joining the Windows Insider Program.

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Using the samples

The easiest way to use these samples without using Git is to download the zip file containing the current version (using the link below or by clicking the "Download ZIP" button on the repo page). You can then unzip the entire archive and use the samples in Visual Studio 2015.

Download the samples ZIP


  • Before you unzip the archive, right-click it, select Properties, and then select Unblock.
  • Be sure to unzip the entire archive, and not just individual samples. The samples all depend on the SharedContent folder in the archive.
  • In Visual Studio 2015, the platform target defaults to ARM, so be sure to change that to x64 or x86 if you want to test on a non-ARM device.

The samples use Linked files in Visual Studio to reduce duplication of common files, including sample template files and image assets. These common files are stored in the SharedContent folder at the root of the repository and referred to in the project files using links.

Reminder: If you unzip individual samples, they will not build due to references to other portions of the ZIP file that were not unzipped. You must unzip the entire archive if you intend to build the samples.

For more info about the programming models, platforms, languages, and APIs demonstrated in these samples, please refer to the guidance, tutorials, and reference topics provided in the Windows 10 documentation available in the Windows Developer Center. These samples are provided as-is in order to indicate or demonstrate the functionality of the programming models and feature APIs for Windows.


These samples are direct from the feature teams and we welcome your input on issues and suggestions for new samples. At this time we are not accepting new samples from the public, but check back here as we evolve our contribution model.

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

See also

For additional Windows samples, see Windows on GitHub.

Samples by category

App settings

App package information Application data Store

Audio, video, and camera

Adaptive streaming Advanced casting Audio categories
Audio graphs Background audio Basic camera app
Basic face detection Basic face tracking Basic media casting
Camera face detection Camera preview frame Camera profiles
Camera resolution DASH streaming Direct2D photo adjustment
High dynamic range Media editing Media transport controls
MIDI Playlists Simple imaging
Spatial audio System media transport controls Transcoding media
Video playback Video stabilization Windows audio session (WASAPI)
Windows media import


Bluetooth RFCOMM chat Caller ID Communication blocking and filtering
Phone call Real-time communication SMS send and receive
Voice over IP (VoIP)

Contacts and calendar

Appointment calendar Contact cards Contact picker

Controls, layout, and text

3D Printing 3D Printing from Unity AutoSuggestBox migration
Clipboard Commanding Context menu
Context menu (XAML) Data virtualization Disabling selection
Display orientation Downloadable fonts (DirectWrite) Downloadable fonts (XAML)
Drag and drop Focus visuals Full screen mode
Line spacing (DirectWrite) ListView and GridView Lock screen apps
Message dialog Multiple views OCR
Printing Pull-to-refresh Responsiveness techniques
Scaling according to DPI Splash screen State triggers
Tailored multiple views Title bar UI basics (XAML)
User interaction mode WebView control (HTML) WebView control (XAML)
Window resizing

Custom user interactions

Basic input Complex inking Inking
Low latency input Simple inking Touch keyboard
Touch keyboard text input


Blobs Compression Content indexer
Form validation (HTML) IndexedDB Logging
PDF document Serializing and deserializing data x:Bind
x:DeferLoadStrategy XML DOM XmlLite

Deep links and app-to-app communication

App services Jump list customization Sharing content source app
Sharing content target app

Devices and sensors

Accelerometer Activity detection sensor AllJoyn consumer experiences
AllJoyn producer experiences Altimeter Background sensors
Barcode scanner Barometer Bluetooth advertisement
Cash drawer Compass Custom HID device
Custom sensors Custom serial device Custom USB device
Device enumeration and pairing General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Gyrometer
Inclinometer Inter-Integrated Circuit (I2C) Lamp device
Light sensor Magnetic stripe reader Near field communication (NFC)
NFC enterprise provisioner Orientation sensor Pedometer
POS printer Proximity sensor Relative inclinometer
Relative orientation sensor Serial Arduino Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
Simple orientation sensor

Files, folders, and libraries

File access File and folder thumbnail File picker
File picker provider File search Folder enumeration
HomeGroup Library management Semantic text query


Direct3D game DirectX and XAML game

Globalization and localization

Application resources and localization Calendar Date and time formatting
Globalization preferences Japanese phonetic analysis Language font mapping
Linguistic services Number formatting and parsing Text segmentation
Text suggestions Unicode string processing

Graphics and animation

Animated GIF playback (XAML) Animation library (HTML) Animation metrics
Composition visual without framework Direct2D custom image effects Direct2D gradient mesh
Efficient animations (HTML) Transform3D animations Transform3D parallax


Holographic spatial mapping Tag-along hologram

Identity, security, and encryption

Credential locker Client Device Information Credential picker
Device lockdown with Azure login Disabling screen capture Enterprise data protection
KeyCredentialManager Lock screen personalization Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello
Smart cards User information UserConsentVerifier
Web account management WebAuthenticationBroker

Launching and background tasks

Association launching Background task Extended execution
Suspend and resume

Maps and location

Geolocation Geotag MapControl


Back Button Master/detail Navigation menu (XAML)
Pivot Projection XHR, handling navigation errors, and URL schemes

Networking and web services

Advertising Background transfer DatagramSocket
HttpClient JSON Mobile broadband
Radios RSS reader end-to-end (JavaScript) Socket activity trigger stream socket
StreamSocket Syndication USSD protocol
WebSocket Wi-Fi Direct Wi-Fi Direct services
Wi-Fi scanning

Platform architecture

In-process component authoring In-process component authoring Out-of-process component authoring

Speech and Cortana

Cortana voice command Speech recognition and synthesis


JavaScript Web Workers app multithreading

Tiles, toasts, and notifications

Notifications Secondary tiles


API samples for the Universal Windows Platform.







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