Docs API Reference

Deploy and publish your Office Add-in

You can use one of several methods to deploy your Office Add-in for testing or distribution to users:

  • Sideloading - Use as part of your development process to test your add-in running on Windows, Office Online, iPad, or Mac.
  • Office 365 admin center preview - Use to distribute your add-in to users in your organization in a cloud or hybrid deployment.
  • Office Store - Use to distribute your add-in publicly to users.
  • SharePoint catalog - Use as part of your development process to test your add-in, or, in an on-premises environment, to distribute your add-in to users in your organization.

The options that are available depend on the Office host that you're targeting and the type of add-in you create.

Note: When you build your add-in, if you plan to publish your add-in to the Office Store, make sure that you conform to the Office Store validation policies. For example, to pass validation, your add-in must work across all platforms that support the methods that you define (for more information, see section 4.12 and the Office Add-in host and availability page).

Deployment options for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Add-ins

Extension point Sideloading Office 365 admin center preview Office Store SharePoint catalog
Content X X X X
Task pane X X X X
Command X X X

NOTE: SharePoint catalogs are not supported for Office 2016 for Mac. To deploy Office Add-ins to Mac clients, you must submit them to the Office Store.

Deployment options for Outlook Add-ins

Extension point Sideloading Exchange server Office Store
Mail app X X X
Command X X X

To broaden the reach of your add-in, make sure that it works across platforms. Office Add-ins are supported on Windows, Mac, Web, iOS and Android. For an overview of which features are supported by each platform, see Office Add-in host and platform availability.

For information about licensing your Office Store add-ins, see License your add-ins.

For information about how end users acquire, insert, and run add-ins, see Start using your Office Add-in.

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