Create Office Add-ins by using Napa with an Office 365 Developer Site
Use Napa Office 365 Development Tools with an Office 365 Developer Site to create apps for Office and SharePoint.
Last modified: August 03, 2015
Applies to: apps for Office | Office 365 | Office Add-ins
Learn more about supported hosts and other requirements.
The name "apps for Office" is changing to "Office Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some Office host applications and Visual Studio tools might still use the term "apps for Office". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.
Napa is a great way to get started building apps for Office right in a browser window. You don't need to install any tools such as Visual Studio. All you need is an Office 365 account and a supported browser. To get started, sign up for an Office 365 Developer Site. Then, install Napa on your Developer site and you are ready to create apps for Office. For more information, see Set up a development environment for SharePoint Add-ins on Office 365. When you are ready to use the powerful capabilities in Microsoft Visual Studio, Napa makes it easy to download your project and continue developing your Office Add-in.
There's an alternate version of Napa that doesn't use or require an Office 365 Developer Site. That version supports creating only Office Add-ins using your personal Microsoft account.
Napa gives you a page to manage your projects. You can use this page to create a mail app, content app, or task pane app project, rename, and delete projects. You can also open any project in Visual Studio if you decide that you want to use features such as advanced debugging or use a web project as part of your Office Add-in. Choose a filter to view recently modified projects or projects of a specific type. Choose a project tile if you want to open an existing project.
While you’re developing your app, if you want to share it with someone else, such as to show them code or pages you are developing, you can use the Share Project feature. To share an app project, load the project in Napa and then choose the Share Project button on the side of the page. The Share Project feature creates a copy of the app project and provides you with a public link that you can give to anyone to enable them to view the copy of the app project. After you’ve completed your app project and want to distribute it, you can publish your app. For more information, see Publish SharePoint Add-ins or Package your add-in using Napa or Visual Studio to prepare for publishing.
To create your first Office Add-in, see the following: