Adobe Air enables developers to package the same code into native apps for Windows and other platforms. An Adobe Air application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Adobe Air Application Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest Adobe Air Runtime files from the Adobe website.

Install the runtime.

Before you make a FireDaemon service for your Adobe Air application, run the application manually to make sure it works as intended. For the purposes of this HOWTO, we will be using the example application named Bee (which can be downloaded here). By default Bee installs to "C:\Program Files (x86)\AIR Examples\Bee".

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that no parameters are required.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see the Adobe Air Application running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select “Hidden” from the “Show Window” dropdown. You must run the Adobe Air Application as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to your application or specify which CPU or core your application will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the OK button to install and start the Adobe Air Application!