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Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Build Status MIT License

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is a UI framework for building Windows desktop applications. WPF supports a broad set of application development features, including an application model, resources, controls, graphics, layout, data binding and documents. WPF uses the Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) to provide a declarative model for application programming.

WPF applications are based on a vector graphics architecture. This enables applications to look great on high DPI monitors, as they can be infinitely scaled. WPF also includes a flexible hosting model, which makes it straightforward to host a video in a button, for example. The visual designer provided in Visual Studio makes it easy to build WPF application, with drag-in-drop and/or direct editing of XAML markup.

See the [WPF Roadmap](roadmap.md) to learn about project priorities, status and ship dates.

WinForms is another UI framework for building Windows desktop applications that is supported on .NET Core. WPF and WinForms applications only run on Windows. They are part of the Microsoft.NET.Sdk.WindowsDesktop SDK. You are recommended to use Visual Studio 2019 to use WPF and WinForms with .NET Core.

Getting started


  • We are currently in planning for .NET 5.
  • We have completed publishing WPF sources. You can learn more about this at https://github.com/dotnet/wpf/issues/2554.
  • We have completed porting WPF to .NET Core as part of .NET Core 3.0, you can learn more about what was done here.

See the [WPF roadmap](roadmap.md) to learn about the schedule for specific WPF components.

We have published few tests and have limited coverage for PRs at this time as a result. We will add more tests in 2019 and 2020, however, it will be a progressive process.

The Visual Studio WPF designer is now available as part of Visual Studio 2019.

How to Engage, Contribute and Provide Feedback

Some of the best ways to contribute are to try things out, file bugs, join in design conversations, and fix issues.

  • This repo defines [contributing guidelines](Documentation/contributing.md) and also follows the more general .NET Core contributing guide.
  • If you have a question or have found a bug, file an issue.
  • Use [daily builds](Documentation/getting-started.md#installation) if you want to contribute and stay up to date with the team.

.NET Framework issues

Issues with .NET Framework, including WPF, should be filed on VS developer community, or Product Support. They should not be filed on this repo.

Relationship to .NET Framework

This code base is a fork of the WPF code in the .NET Framework. .NET Core 3.0 was released with a goal of WPF having parity with the .NET Framework version. Over time, the two implementations may diverge.

The Update on .NET Core 3.0 and .NET Framework 4.8 provides a good description of the forward-looking differences between .NET Core and .NET Framework.

This update states how going forward .NET Core is the future of .NET. and .NET Framework 4.8 will be the last major version of .NET Framework.

Code of Conduct

This project uses the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct to define expected conduct in our community. Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting a project maintainer at conduct@dotnetfoundation.org.

Reporting security issues and security bugs

Security issues and bugs should be reported privately, via email, to the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) secure@microsoft.com. You should receive a response within 24 hours. If for some reason you do not, please follow up via email to ensure we received your original message. Further information, including the MSRC PGP key, can be found in the Security TechCenter.

Also see info about related Microsoft .NET Core and ASP.NET Core Bug Bounty Program.


.NET Core (including the WPF repo) is licensed under the [MIT license](LICENSE.TXT).

.NET Foundation

.NET Core WPF is a .NET Foundation project.

See the .NET home repo to find other .NET-related projects.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the WPF README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.