Publish SharePoint Add-ins

Find articles and resources to help you publish your SharePoint Add-ins.

Note The name "apps for SharePoint" is changing to "SharePoint Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some SharePoint products and Visual Studio tools might still use the term "apps for SharePoint". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

Get started with publishing your 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 available. Licensing framework is not available for use.
Add-in package verified by Microsoft for technical and content adherence to policies. Add-in package verification performed by SharePoint when add-in is uploaded.
You must be signed up with Microsoft Seller Dashboard to upload add-ins. No registration with Microsoft required.

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