How to: Set up an app catalog on SharePoint

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Set up an app catalog on SharePoint for publishing task pane and content apps.

Last modified: February 27, 2014

Applies to: Access app for SharePoint | Excel 2013 | Excel 2013 RT | Excel 2013 SP1 | Excel Online | PowerPoint 2013 | PowerPoint 2013 RT | PowerPoint 2013 SP1 | PowerPoint Online | Project 2013 | Project 2013 SP1 | Word 2013 | Word 2013 RT | Word 2013 SP1

   Office.js: v1.0, v1.1

   Apps for Office manifests schema: v1.0, v1.1

An app catalog is a document library on SharePoint where manifest files for task pane and content apps for Office, as well as apps for SharePoint, can be published. For apps for Office, an administrator uploads a manifest file to the app catalog. When an administrator registers an app catalog as a trusted catalog (by setting group policy, or on the Trusted Apps Catalog page of the Options dialog box in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Project: choose File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Trusted App Catalogs), users can insert the app from the insertion UI in an Office client application.

There can be only one app catalog for apps for Office per SharePoint web application. To set up the app catalog for a web application, follow these steps:

To setup an app catalog for a web application

  1. Browse to the Central Administration Site (Start > All Programs > Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products > SharePoint 2013 Central Administration)

  2. In the left task pane, choose Apps.

  3. On the Apps page, under App Management, choose Manage App Catalog.

  4. On the Manage App Catalog page, make sure you have the right web application selected in the Web Application Selector.

  5. Choose View site settings.

  6. On the Site Settings page, choose Site collection administrators to specify the site collection administrators, and then choose OK.

  7. To grant site permissions to users, choose Site Permissions, and then choose Grant Permissions.

  8. In the Share ‘App Catalog Site’ dialog box, specify one or more site users, set the appropriate permissions for them, optionally set other options, and then choose Share.

  9. To add apps to the apps for Office app catalog, choose Apps for Office.

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