Get Business Central Desktop App

If you have a Windows (PC) or macOS computer, you can install a Business Central app on your desktop. The app works with Business Central online and on-premises.

Why use the app?

The Business Central app resembles the web client, but it provides a few benefits like:

  • The app is readily available from the Start menu, you can easily pin it to the task bar, or have it launch by default when you start your computer.

  • In general, the app also is a faster and smoother to render on screen, with no performance differences, compared to running Business Central in the browser.

  • The app opens in its own window, independent of any browser windows. This feature makes it easier to find when running a large number many apps or browser tabs.

  • If there's more than one Business Central environment (online only), you can install the app separately for each environment.

    When you open the app for specific environment, the environment name is included in the window title. When working across multiple Business Central environments, each app window is displayed separately. The name makes it easier for you to see which window is associated with each environment.

Install the app for Business Central online

There are two ways to install the app for Business Central online. You can install it directly from the browser or from Microsoft Store. Whichever approach you use, it's the same app. The difference is that installing from the browser lets you install the app for each environment when there's more than one.

From Microsoft Store

  1. Go to Microsoft Store.
  2. Choose Get > Install.
  3. When the app has been installed, choose Open, then sign in to Business Central.

The next time you want to open the app, look for it in Start menu.

From the browser

  1. Open the Business Central web client in either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome.

  2. If the page for selecting the environment appears, you can do one of two things:

    • Select the environment and go to the next step to install the app. In this case, the installed app will open the environment you select.
    • Don't select the environment, and just go to next step to install the app. In this case, the installed app will open the environment selection page, instead of a specific environment.
  3. To install the app, depending on your browser, select Icon for installing an app in Edge. App available. Install Business Central or Icon for installing an app in Chrome. Install Business Central, then Install.

    Microsoft Edge Google Chrome
    illustration of a button for installing an app in Edge. illustration of a button for installing an app in Chrome.

Tip

With Edge, you can also install the app by going to the Settings and more menu in the browser, then selecting Apps > Install this site as an app > Install.

Once installed, the app appears in the Start menu. If you've selected a specific environment for the app, the environment name is added to the app name in the Start menu.

Install the app for Business Central on-premises

Installing the desktop app when you're using Business Central on-premises is done directly from the browser as described above. If you only have one tenant, just open the Business Central in your browser, then select either Icon for installing an app in Edge. App available. Install Business Central or Icon for installing an app in Chrome. Install Business Central as shown above.

The difference is when you have multiple tenants. Unlike Business Central online, where you can install the app for different environments, you can only install the app for one tenant. So before you install the app when you have multiple tenants, be sure to switch to the correct tenant. Once installed, when you open the app, it will directly open the tenant.

Important

If you're using Business Central 2021 release wave 1 (version 18) or earlier, you can't install the app as described in this article. Instead, install the app from Microsoft Store. For more information and help about installing this legacy app, see Preparing For and Installing the Business Central App.

See Also

Mobile Apps FAQ
Getting Ready for Doing Business
Work with Business Central

Business Central on Microsoft Learn