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A 0install application is distributed using a feed file. A feed is an XML file that tells 0install how to run the application, and which versions are available. The feed file is normally published on the web; the URL of the feed is the unique identifier of the application.

For example, Visual Studio Code is available via 0install. It has this feed file:

To get a 0install application:

  1. Find a program you want to run on the web:

  2. Either launch it directly:

    0install run

    Or create a menu entry or command-line alias to launch it later.