Distributing, Installing, and Running AIR applications

AIR applications are distributed as a single AIR installation file, which contains the application code and all assets. You can distribute this file through any of the typical means, such as by download, by e-mail, or by physical media such as a CD-ROM. Users can install the application by double-clicking the AIR file. You can use the seamless install feature, which lets users install your AIR application (and Adobe® AIR®, if needed) by clicking a single link on a web page.

Before it can be distributed, an AIR installation file must be packaged and signed with a code-signing certificate and private key. Digitally signing the installation file provides assurance that your application has not been altered since it was signed. In addition, if a trusted certification authority issued the digital certificate, your users can confirm your identity as the publisher and signer. The AIR file is signed when the application is packaged with the AIR Developer Tool (ADT).

For information about how to package an application into an AIR file using Adobe® Dreamweaver® see Creating an AIR application in Dreamweaver.

For information about how to package an application into an AIR file using the Adobe® AIR® SDK, see Packaging an AIR installation file using the AIR Developer Tool (ADT).