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WiX error build target


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I'm trying to create my MSI setup with WiX and MSBuild command which deploy my img.png into a repertory and i have this error :

"MSB4019: project imported "C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\WiX\v[[Version.M ajor]].x\Wix.targets" was not found. " Make sure that path of declaration are correct

In this line :

<Import Project="$(WixTargetPath)" />

Here my 2 files (test.wixproj and test.wxs) :


<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="">
                <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration>
                <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">x86</Platform>
                <WixTargetsPath Condition=" '$(WixTargetsPath)' == '' ">$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Microsoft\WiX\v[[Version.Major]].x\Wix.targets</WixTargetsPath>
        <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|x86' ">
        <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|x86' ">
                <Compile Include="C:\testW2.wxs" />
        <Import Project="$(WixTargetsPath)" />


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Wix xmlns="">
    <Product Id="*" UpgradeCode="" Version="" Language="1033" Name="My Application Name" Manufacturer="My Manufacturer Name">
        <Package InstallerVersion="300" Compressed="yes"/>
        <Media Id="1" Cabinet="" EmbedCab="yes" />

        <Directory Id="TARGETDIR" Name="SourceDir">
            <Directory Id="ProgramFilesFolder">
                <Directory Id="APPLICATIONROOTDIRECTORY" Name="Application test"/>

            <Component Id="myimg" Guid="">
                <File Id="myimg" Source="C:\img.png" KeyPath="yes" Checksum="yes"/>


        <Feature Id="MainApplication" Title="Main Application" Level="1">
            <ComponentRef Id="myimg" />

I don't unstandand where is the problem and i don't find an easy tutorial on WiX without VisualStudio.

Can you help me ?


There are two problems with your project file:

  1. The <WixTargetPath ...> line [[MajorVersion]] should be replaced with '3',
  2. The <Compile...> line should to refer to the correct file 'Test.wxs'.

Try this project file:

<Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="">
            <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration>
            <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">x86</Platform>
            <WixTargetsPath Condition=" '$(WixTargetsPath)' == '' ">$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\Microsoft\WiX\v3.x\Wix.targets</WixTargetsPath>
    <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|x86' ">
    <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|x86' ">
            <Compile Include="test.wxs" />
    <Import Project="$(WixTargetsPath)" />

You also need to make sure test.wxs has a GUID in the UpgradeCode attribute.


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