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.
  • SharePoint catalog - Use as part of your development process to test your add-in, or to distribute your add-in to users in your organization.
  • Office 365 admin center preview - Use to distribute your add-in to users in your organization.
  • Office Store - Use to distribute your add-in publicly to users.

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

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

Extension point Sideloading SharePoint catalog Office 365 admin center preview Office Store
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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