What are XAP files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an XAP file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is an XAP file?
XAP files have multiple uses, and Silverlight Application Package is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
Silverlight Application Package
These XAP files are also known as Microsoft Silverlight installation resource files. Microsoft Silverlight is a free web-browser plug-in that enables interactive media experiences, rich business applications, and immersive mobile apps. Apps for this platform are distributed as .XAP files. These XAP files do not contain human-readable data.
How to open XAP files
Important: Different programs may use files with the XAP file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your XAP file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested five different XAP openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: November 28, 2022
All known file formats using extension .XAP
While Silverlight Application Package is a popular type of XAP-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .XAP file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Windows Phone encrypted Application
Microsoft developed the XAP file format for their Windows Phone OS (versions 7 and 8). This file format is used by Windows Phone as an executable program file for unpacking and installing third-party apps on the device. Also known as application package files, these XAP files contain installer code, libraries, modules, and resources used by the third-party app during the installation and setup process.
More file formats using the XAP extension
Through our research of XAP files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.
- XACT Project
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of XAP files. Remember, different programs may use XAP files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
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