I have Visual Studio 2017 and InfoPath 2013 installed currently and was investigating the custom code options for Infopath and it states that I need to install VS 2012. Is it possible to get Infopath to work with the newer version of VS or do I need to install 2012?

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One option would be to use "XmlFormView" class to embed the InfoPath form in a custom .aspx page. Then it's possible to access the values in the code behind using VS2017.

The XmlFormView object and its associated members are used to display InfoPath forms in a Web browser. No additional components are necessary on the desktop computer except a Web browser in order to open and fill out a form based on a browser-enabled form template.

InfoPath Forms Services uses the XmlFormView control to display forms based on form templates designed in Microsoft InfoPath so that they are browser-compatible.


In .aspx page

<%@ Register Assembly="Microsoft.Office.InfoPath.Server, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c"
    Namespace="Microsoft.Office.InfoPath.Server.Controls" TagPrefix="cc1" %>
<cc1:XmlFormView ID="XmlFormViewCtrl" runat="server" />

In code behind

//set the form URL
XmlFormViewCtrl.XsnLocation = "http://siteUrl/FormTemplates/Form1.xsn";

//Retrieve values
XPathNavigator myNav = this.MainDataSource.CreateNavigator();
XPathNavigator field1= myNav.SelectSingleNode("/my:myFields/my:field1", this.NamespaceManager);
string fieldValue = field1.Value;

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