Any suggestions? Export (0) Print
Expand All

Publish your Office Add-in

Office Add-ins

Make your add-ins available to users via an add-in catalog, a shared folder, or an Exchange server. Extend the reach of your add-ins to your end users.

Last modified: November 16, 2015

Applies to: Access apps for SharePoint | apps for Office | Excel | Office Add-ins | Outlook | PowerPoint | Project | Word

In this article
Publishing task pane and content add-ins to an add-in catalog
Publishing task pane and content add-ins to a shared network folder
Publishing Outlook add-ins to an Exchange server
Add-in experience for end users
Broaden the reach for your add-in
Additional resources

You can publish your add-ins to the Office Store or upload them to a private shared folder add-in catalog on SharePoint, a shared network folder, or an Exchange server. The options that are available depend on the type of add-in you create.

For information about publishing to the Office Store, see Submit add-ins and web apps to the Office Store.

Options for publishing Office Add-ins


Office Store

Corporate add-in catalog

Shared folder add-in catalog

Exchange server

Task pane add-in




Content add-in




Outlook add-in



Before you publish your add-in, you'll need to package it. In addition to making your add-ins available to end users, you'll want to consider how you can broaden your add-in's reach.

For task pane and content add-ins, IT departments can deploy and configure private corporate add-in catalogs to provide the same Office-solution catalog experience that the Office Store provides. This new catalog and development platform lets IT use a streamlined method to provision Office and SharePoint Add-ins to managed users from a central location without the need to deploy solutions to each client. You can then use the telemetry tool to monitor add-in usage, verify compatibility, and troubleshoot end user issues. To learn more, see:

Alternatively, in a corporate setting, IT can deploy task pane and content add-ins created either by in-house or third-party developers to a shared network folder, where the manifest files will be stored and managed. In either case, when developers update their add-ins, they don't have to push updates to end users or IT does not have to redeploy them to corporate users. For information about setting up a shared network folder add-in catalog, see Create a network shared folder catalog for task pane and content add-ins.

Outlook add-ins are published to an Exchange catalog that is available to users of the Exchange server on which it resides. It enables publishing and management of Outlook add-ins, including internally created ones as well as solutions that are acquired from the Office Store and licensed for corporate use. Outlook add-ins are installed into an Exchange catalog by using either the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) or by running remote Windows PowerShell commands (cmdlets). For information about publishing an Outlook add-in, see Deploy and install Outlook add-ins for testing.

Add-ins are easy for end users to acquire, insert, and run. Users have the same experience regardless of whether they access add-ins from any of the following:

  • The public Office Store, by using their Microsoft account.

  • A SharePoint add-in catalog, by using their company ID.

  • A shared network folder.

  • An Exchange server.

To acquire a new task pane add-in in Excel, for example, users log on to Office with their Microsoft account, open an Excel workbook, and select My Add-ins on the Insert tab of the ribbon. The Office Add-ins dialog box appears.

In the Office Add-ins dialog box, the user chooses Find more add-ins at the Office Store. After users log on to, using the same Microsoft account, they can download the add-in of their choice and pay for it with a credit card.

In Excel, in the Office Add-ins dialog box, the user chooses Refresh, selects the add-in they downloaded, and then chooses Insert.

When they sign in to their account, they have access to their add-ins from any computer, anywhere, including those running Office 365.

To ensure that your add-in reaches more end users, make sure that it works across platforms. The Office.js version 1.1 includes support for Office Online, and the Office Store validation process verifies add-in support for Office Online. Before you publish, test your add-in to make sure that it works in Office Online.

To make your add-in available in the Office Store, see Submit add-ins and web apps to the Office Store.

Office Add-ins are also supported on Office for iPad. Make sure to test your add-in on the iPad before you submit it to the Seller Dashboard. When you have verified that your add-in works as expected, you can mark your submission as iOS-compatible in the Seller Dashboard. For validation, you will need to provide your Apple developer ID. See also Debug Office Add-ins on iPad.

To address user issues with your add-ins, see Troubleshoot user errors with Office Add-ins.

© 2016 Microsoft