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CodeDJ
Contributor

When opening a ClickOnce app, the *.application file gets saved to my Downloads folder instead of directly opening it. Additionally, since the file is downloaded, then opened from Downloads, it loses the cookie information required for our app to function correctly.

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I'm experiencing this as well. This is known behavior for how Chrome handles ClickOnce applications, but we use Edge today for launching ClickOnce applications.

@CodeDJ I have this same issue. I get around it by calling iexplore.exe in front of the app to launch it from IE. This is a workaround, I would like Microsoft to fix this so it is handled correctly.

 

Here is my example that I use in the shortcut:

 

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" http://website.com/example.application

@Jesse Cook Thanks for the tip. Clicking on the downloaded abc.application opens the clickonce app for me using Edge Insider but it doesn't include any cookies from my website - which is a requirement for my apps. Thanks!

Yep same here, this was one of the first things I wanted to check as we really need this to be working out of the box for the new Edge.

 

@CodeDJ There is a Chrome extension called "ClickOnce for Google Chrome".  This can be installed in Edge, if you allow extensions from other stores and then acquire the extension from the Chrome Web Store.  Although, this is not a built-in function, the extension does allow ClickOnce apps to execute normally, instead of being downloaded.

I do hope that this ClickOnce function will be addressed in Edge, so that we don't have to use an extension or another work-around.

@CodeDJ We really appreciate the feedback! ClickOnce support was on our mind as we were thinking through the Downloads workflow in Edge. It is feedback like yours, and others responding to this post, that help us in prioritizing ClickOnce support relative to other areas we are investing in. ClickOnce is a feature that we are working towards implementing, so stay tuned!

@i-am-kent 

 

Any updates on ClickOnce support?

Thanks.

Hi @Vidmo, thanks for checking in! We have engineers actively working on getting ClickOnce support and this is high on my priorities. While I can't reveal the timeline for this, I will try to update this post when I have more information to share. Feel free to ping this thread again if you don't hear back from me!

 

This of course is not a trivial change to make. I'm glad to see this has a high priority. I was glad to see that the ClickOnce installer got a small visual update in the 1903 release of Windows 10. Hopefully insider Edge will soon support this feature. Great job everybody.
Hi @i-am-kent, I'm also looking forward to support for ClickOnce, cookies are not essential for our environment, however, URL parameters are essential.

Thanks,

@aclowe Thanks for the feedback, it definitely helps that we can show customer need when prioritizing our features. Engineering work is still being put into this feature, so it is definitely still a priority! Will keep people updated via this thread!