Building the snap on Windows

Now that you have a snapcraft.yaml describing how to assemble your app and dependencies, you can build a snap.

The Microsoft Store contains an installable (WSL) Windows Subsystem for Linux containing Ubuntu 16.04.2. Once installed, users can run some Linux binaries under Windows.

Snapcraft, the command-line tool for building snaps, is distributed in the Ubuntu repository, which is accessible under WSL. Be sure to install WSL, choosing Ubuntu before continuing.

Once installed, run WSL from the Windows Start menu.

Next, install snapcraft:

sudo apt install snapcraft

Navigate to the project directory on your Windows host where the snapcraft.yaml file exists and run snapcraft.


If the snap build completes successfully, you will find a .snap file in the same directory that you ran the snapcraft command. You can inspect its contents to ensure it contains all of your application’s assets:

unsquashfs -l *.snap

Next steps

Continue on to learn how to install, test, and publish your snap file.

Last updated 10 months ago.