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2011-02-27

Publishing ClickOnce winforms applications with command-line MSBuild

One of the most interesting characteristics of tools such as CCNet and Nant is the automated deploy. I found many examples of how to publish an application with pre-configured projects with click-one but I wanted to do it different. In order to make the project file cleaner the approach was to remove all click-once configurations from the project(*.csproj) so that command-line MSBuild will take care of publication configuration in a NAnt script. After some full-days of research, I found the solution below. I hope it helps in your project.
<exec program="${dotnetFrameworkDir}\MSBuild.exe">
  <arg value="${basePath}\MyProject\MyProject.csproj"></arg>
  <arg value="/target:publish"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:IsWebBootstrapper=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:SignManifests=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:ManifestKeyFile=${basePath}\MyProject\MyCertificate.pfx"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:TargetZone=LocalIntranet"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:GenerateManifests=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:PublishUrl=${clickOnceDir}"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:Install=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:InstallFrom=Web"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:UpdateEnabled=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:UpdateRequired=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:InstallUrl=http://myPublishUrlAddress"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:TargetCulture=pt-BR"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:ProductName=MyProject"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:PublisherName=MyCompany"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:MinimumRequiredVersion=${CCNetLabel}"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:CreateWebPageOnPublish=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:WebPage=${webPage}"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:OpenBrowserOnPublish=false"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:ApplicationRevision=17"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:ApplicationVersion=${CCNetLabel}"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:CreateDesktopShortcut=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:PublishWizardCompleted=true"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:BootstrapperComponentsLocation=Absolute"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:BootstrapperComponentsUrl=${bootstrapperUrl}"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:GenerateBootstrapperSdkPath=${pathBootStrapper}"></arg>
  <arg value="/p:UpdateUrlEnabled=false"></arg>
</exec>
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