Including Files with your App

The Project Explorer is the table of contents for your app. Whenever you add a Form or a Control to a Form, it gets added to the Project Explorer. You can include files in your app by dragging them into the Project Explorer: in AppStudio 5, we expanded the types of files which can be dragged in. Here’s a project with a lot of different types:


There are two main advantages to adding your files to the Project Explorer: It’s easy to see what files are included, and they will automatically be included in the manifest file which lists all the files needed to deploy the app.

Here are some of the types of files you can drag into the Project Explorer:

Type What you can do What happens to it
Images Use images in the Image, PictureBox and other controls. All common formats are supported: .png, .gif, .jpg, .bmp. It gets deployed with the project.
Folders Include a set of files, such as images. An Image control could then use ‘images/myImage.png’ It gets deployed with the project in the same structure. Subfolders are included as well.
JavaScript Add libraries, settings and JavaScript code modules to your app. Ends in .js It gets merged and executed with your code at runtime.
Sounds Use with PlaySound() function and the Audio control. Ends in .mp3 and .wav It gets encoded and deployed with your app.
PHP PHP scripts are programs which run on the server in the PHP programming language. Ends in .php It gets deployed to the server. It does not download with your app.
Databases SQLite databases can be read and written using the SQL functions. Ends in .db It gets converted to JSON and deployed with your project. When your project starts, the JSON is read and turned back into an SQLite database automatically.
StyleSheets Use stylesheets to format the controls and elements in your app. Ends in .css It gets deployed with your project and is automatically loaded when your app starts.
Video Use the Video control to play video. Ends in .mp4 It gets deployed with your project.