Publish SharePoint Add-ins
You've finished developing your SharePoint Add-in—the final step is making that add-in available to your users. You can do this by publishing the add-in to one of two places:
The public Office Store. Publish your add-in to the Office Store to make the add-in publically available, so that it can be acquired by users of any SharePoint deployment.
An internal organization add-in catalog. Publish your add-ins to an internal organization add-in catalog, hosted on your SharePoint deployment, to make them available to users with access to that SharePoint deployment.
For information about how to package your add-in for publication by using Visual Studio 2012, see Publish SharePoint Add-ins by using Visual Studio.
Publishing to the Office Store
To publish an add-in to the Office Store, you must first register as a Microsoft developer.
When you upload an add-in to the Office Store for publication, Microsoft performs a series of verification checks to ensure your add-in adheres to the add-in content and behavior guidelines. For example, it checks whether the add-in manifest markup is valid and complete and verifies that any SharePoint solution packages (.wsp files) that are included in the add-in do not contain elements that aren't allowed, or SharePoint Features with a scope that is broader than Web. The package is also inspected for objectionable content. If the add-in package passes all tests, it's wrapped into a file and signed by Microsoft.
When you upload your add-in for publication on the Office Store, you can choose the terms of the license you want to offer users when they download it. Use this add-in license to decide:
- Whether you are offering your add-in for free, trial, or for purchase.
- Whether your add-in can be acquired on a per-user or site basis.
SharePoint does not enforce license terms for add-in usage—it provides a licensing framework that lets you include code logic in your add-in to enforce whatever licensing restrictions you choose. For example, you can include code logic in your add-in that enables users to access certain add-in features if they have a paid license, but not if they have a trial license. For more information, see License your Office and SharePoint Add-ins.
Publishing to an add-in catalog
If you're creating SharePoint Add-ins for your own company's use or a specific corporate client, instead of the general public, you'll likely want to publish your add-in to an internal add-in catalog hosted on SharePoint. A private add-in catalog is a dedicated site collection in a SharePoint web application (or a SharePoint Online tenancy) that hosts document libraries for SharePoint Add-ins and Office Add-ins. Putting the catalog into its own site collection makes it easier for the web application administrator or tenant administrator to limit permissions to the catalog.
Uploading a SharePoint Add-in to a corporate add-in catalog is as easy as uploading any file to a SharePoint document library. You fill out a pop-up form in which you supply the local URL of the add-in package and other information, such as the name of the add-in. When you upload the add-in to an add-in catalog, there are similar checks, and add-ins that do not pass are marked as invalid or disabled in the catalog.
Deciding where to publish your SharePoint Add-in
The following table offers a comparison of publishing to the Office Store or to an add-in catalog, and lists issues to consider when deciding where to publish your add-in. We recommend you decide where you plan to publish your add-in before you design and develop it; in some cases, such as licensing, where you publish your add-in will affect the design and development of your add-in.
Table 1. Considerations for where to publish your add-in
|Office Store||Add-in Catalog|
|Add-in is publically available.||Add-in is available to users with access to this SharePoint deployment.|
|Licensing framework is available.||Licensing framework is not available for use.|
|Add-in package is verified by Microsoft for technical and content adherence to policies.||Add-in package verification is performed by SharePoint when add-in is uploaded.|
|You must be signed up with the Microsoft Seller Dashboard to upload add-ins.||No registration with Microsoft is required.|
- Create or update client IDs and secrets in the Seller Dashboard
- Use the Seller Dashboard to submit Office and SharePoint Add-ins and Office 365 apps to the Office Store
- Validation policies for apps and add-ins submitted to the Office Store (version 2.1)
- Start building Office and SharePoint Add-ins
- License your Office and SharePoint Add-ins
- Deploying and installing SharePoint Add-ins: methods and options
- Tenancies and deployment scopes for SharePoint Add-ins
- Publish SharePoint Add-ins by using Visual Studio
- Publishing Office Add-ins Store