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Create a "conpty" framework package to bundle up the PseudoConsole APIs and conhost #1130

DHowett-MSFT opened this issue Jun 4, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Jun 4, 2019

This deliverable tracks pulling out the source for the PseudoConsole API set.


Right now, we're using conhost.exe directly as a pseudoconsole host. If we ship it as a framework package, we can switch to the "official" PseudoConsole APIs (CreatePseudoConsole, ClosePseudoConsole, etc.) and offer conpty as an independently-upgradable package on which WT and third party applications can depend. This will allow us to more fully undock from the OS release cycle.


  • Document/open HPCON
  • Translate winconpty.c (which currently lives in kernelbase) from C to C++
    • produce conpty.dll, which hosts the three pseudoconsole APIs
  • Produce a framework package

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commented Aug 8, 2019

As discussed with @Tyriar, we should probably also just make a nuget package for the ConPTY APIs in lieu of a proper framework package. Framework packages will only work for packaged applications, and not for something like VSCode.

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