Get started with Teams templates

Teams templates are pre-built definitions of a team's structure designed around a business need or project. You can use Teams templates to quickly create rich collaboration spaces with channels for different topics and preinstall apps to pull in mission-critical content and services. Teams templates provide a predefined team structure that can help you easily create consistent teams across your organization.

In this article, we'll explain the properties that can be defined in templates, what base template types are, and how you can use a few sample requests to create a team from a template.

This article is for you if you're:

  • Responsible for planning, deploying, and managing multiple teams across your organization
  • A developer wanting to programmatically create a team with predefined channels and apps

Teams template capabilities

Most properties in a team are included and supported by templates. But there are a few properties and features that are not currently supported. The following table provides a quick summary of what's included and what's not included in Teams templates.

Team properties supported by Teams templates Team properties not yet supported by Teams templates
Base template type Team membership
Team name Team picture
Team description Channel settings
Team visibility (public or private) Connectors
Team settings (for example, member, guest, @ mentions) Files and content
Auto-favorite channel
Installed app
Pinned tabs

Note

We'll be adding more template capabilities in future releases of Microsoft Teams, so check back for the most up-to-date information on supported properties.

What are base template types?

Base template types are special templates that Microsoft created for specific industries. These base templates often contain proprietary apps that aren't available in the store and team properties that are not yet supported individually in Teams templates.

Once a base template type is defined, you can extend or override these special templates with additional properties that you'd like to specify. But some base template types contain properties that can't be overridden.

By default the base template is set to Standard which doesn't contain any additional proprietary apps or special properties. Below is the current list of base template types available.

Base template type baseTemplateId Properties that come with this base template
Standard https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('standard')
No additional apps and properties
Education -
Class Team
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('educationClass')
Apps:
  • OneNote Class Notebook (pinned to the General tab)
  • Assignments app (pinned to the General tab)
Team properties:
  • Team visibility set to HiddenMembership (cannot be overridden)
Education -
Staff Team
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('educationStaff')
Apps:
  • OneNote Staff Notebook (pinned to the General tab)
Education -
PLC team
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('educationProfessionalLearningCommunity')
Apps:
  • OneNote PLC Notebook (pinned to the General tab)
Retail -
Store
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('retailStore')
Channels:
  • Shift handoff
  • Learning
Team properties
  • Team visibility set to Public
Member permissions
  • Prevent members from creating, updating, or removing channels
  • Prevent members from adding or removing apps
  • Prevent members from creating, updating, or removing connectors
Retail -
Manager collaboration
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('retailManagerCollaboration')
Channels:
  • Shift handoff
  • Learning
Team properties:
  • Team visibility set to Private
Member permissions:
  • Prevent members from creating, updating, or removing channels
  • Prevent members from adding or removing apps
  • Prevent members from creating, updating, or removing connectors
Healthcare -
Ward
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('healthcareWard')
Channels:
  • Announcements*
  • Huddles*
  • Rounds
  • Staffing*
  • Training*
*Auto-favorited channels
Healthcare -
Hospital
https://graph.microsoft.com/beta/
teamsTemplates('healthcareHospital')
Channels:
  • Announcements*
  • Compliance*
  • Custodial
  • Human Resources
  • Pharmacy
*Auto-favorited channel

Note

We'll be adding more base template types in future releases of Microsoft Teams, so check back for the most up-to-date information on supported properties.