Skip to content


Repository files navigation

Universal Windows Platform (UWP) 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 Platform templates available in Visual Studio, and are designed to run on desktop, mobile, and future devices that support the Universal Windows Platform.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with Git and GitHub, you can download the entire collection as a ZIP file, but be sure to unzip everything to access shared dependencies. For more info on working with the ZIP file, the samples collection, and GitHub, see Get the UWP samples from GitHub. For more samples, see the Samples portal on the Windows Dev Center.

Universal Windows Platform development

These samples require Visual Studio and the Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 10.

Get a free copy of Visual Studio Community Edition with support for building Universal Windows Platform 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.

Become a Windows Insider

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 following link 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.

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, 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 are 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

360-degree video playback Adaptive streaming Advanced capture
Advanced casting Audio categories Audio graphs
Background media playback Basic camera app Basic face detection
Basic face tracking Basic media casting Camera face detection
Camera frames Camera preview frame Camera profiles
Camera resolution Camera stream coordinate mapper Camera stream correlation
DASH streaming Direct2D photo adjustment Media editing
Media import Media transport controls MIDI
Playlists PlayReady Processing frames with OpenCV
Simple imaging Spatial audio System media transport controls
Transcoding media Video playback Video playback synchronization
Video stabilization Windows audio session (WASAPI)


Bluetooth RFCOMM chat Real-time communication SMS send and receive

Contacts and calendar

Appointment calendar Contact cards Contact panel
Contact picker UserDataAccountManager

Controls, layout, and text

3D Printing 3D Printing from Unity Bottom-up list (XAML)
Clipboard Colored glyphs (DirectWrite) Commanding
Context menu Context menu (XAML) Custom text edit control
Data virtualization Display orientation Downloadable fonts (DirectWrite)
Downloadable fonts (XAML) Drag and drop Focus visuals
Full screen mode Gamepad-style navigation (XAML) Line spacing (DirectWrite)
ListView and GridView Lock screen apps Message dialog
Multiple views OCR Printing
Scaling according to DPI Secondary windows Splash screen
State triggers Tailored multiple views Title bar
UI basics (XAML) User interaction mode WebView control (XAML)
Window resizing

Custom user interactions

Basic input Complex inking Ink analysis
Low latency input Pen haptics Simple inking
Touch keyboard Touch keyboard text input


Compression Content indexer 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 Remote systems
Sharing content source app Sharing content target app User activities

Devices and sensors

Accelerometer Activity detection sensor AllJoyn consumer experiences
AllJoyn producer experiences Altimeter Background sensors
Barcode scanner Barcode scanner provider Barometer
Bluetooth advertisement Bluetooth Low Energy 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 array Lamp device
Light sensor Line display Magnetometer
Magnetic stripe reader Near field communication (NFC) NFC enterprise provisioner
Orientation sensor Pedometer POS printer
Presence sensor Proximity sensor Radial controller
Relative inclinometer 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
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 metrics Composition visual without framework
Direct2D advanced color image rendering Direct2D custom image effects Direct2D gradient mesh
Direct2D SVG image rendering Transform3D animations


Basic hologram Holographic face tracking Holographic mixed reality capture
Holographic spatial mapping Holographic spatial stage Holographic voice input
Spatial interaction source Tag-along hologram
Mixed Reality Model

Identity, security, and encryption

Credential locker Client Device Information Credential picker
Disabling screen capture Enterprise data protection KeyCredentialManager
Lock screen personalization Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello Personal Data Encryption
Smart cards User information UserCertificateStore
Web account management WebAuthenticationBroker UserConsentVerifier

Launching and background tasks

Association launching Background activation Background task
Extended execution Multi-instance apps Suspend and resume

Maps and location

Geolocation Geotag MapControl


Back Button Master/detail Pivot

Networking and web services

Background transfer DatagramSocket HttpClient
JSON Mobile broadband Mobile hotspot
Network connectivity On-Demand Wi-Fi hotspot Radios
Socket activity trigger stream socket StreamSocket Syndication
USSD protocol WebSocket Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct services Wi-Fi hotspot authentication Wi-Fi scanning

Platform architecture

Capabilities Custom capabilities In-process component authoring
In-process component authoring Out-of-process component authoring Version adaptive code

Speech and Cortana

Cortana voice command Speech recognition and synthesis

Tiles, toasts, and notifications

Notifications Secondary tiles