Create a developer site on an existing Office 365 subscription

Create a developer site on an existing Office 365 subscription

SharePoint Add-ins

An Office 365 Developer Site makes it easier to get set up and start creating, testing, and deploying your Office and SharePoint Add-ins more quickly. Many Office 365 Business, Enterprise, Education, and Government subscriptions include a site template you can use to create a Developer Site.

Last modified: September 17, 2015

Applies to: apps for Office | apps for SharePoint | Office 365 Enterprise E3 | Office 365 Enterprise E4 | SharePoint Add-ins

Note Note

The name "apps for SharePoint" is changing to "SharePoint Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some SharePoint products and Visual Studio tools might still use the term "apps for SharePoint". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

Before you start

  • Be sure you have an Office 365 subscription that supports a Developer Site. If you have one of the following Office 365 subscription plans, you can create a Developer Site within your existing subscription:

    Office 365 Midsize Business

    Office 365 Enterprise E1, E3, E4, or K1

    Office 365 Education A2, A3, or A4

    Office 365 Government G1, G3, G4, or K1

  • If you have an Office 365 Small Business subscription, it supports only a single site collection, and so you can’t create a Developer Site collection. If you would like to learn more about Office 365 plans for your business, see SharePoint Online: software boundaries and limits.

  • For more information about the Office 365 Enterprise offerings, see Plans & Pricing.

  1. Sign in to Office 365 as a Global or SharePoint Online admin.

    You must sign in as a Global or SharePoint Online admin to create new site collections, such as a Developer Site. Only admins can see Admin options when signing into Office 365. If you’re not an admin, contact an admin in your company and have them do one of the following:

    • Grant you admin rights, so you can create the Developer Site yourself.

    • Create the Developer Site for you, and specify you as an admin for the site collection.

  2. Click the App Launcher button on the far left of the navigation bar at top.

  3. Click the Admin tile.

  4. In the navigation tree on the left, expand Admin, and select SharePoint.

  5. In the SharePoint admin center, on the Site Collections tab, click New > Private Site Collection.

    SharePoint Admin Center new site collection option
  6. In the New Site Collection dialog box, provide information about your Developer Site.

    Click the following image to walk through new site collection options in the dialog box, or refer to the table under the image for guidance.

    Click to zoom into new site collection options


    The name you want to give your Developer Site.

    Public Website Address list

    A domain name and a URL path—either /sites/ or /teams/—and then type a URL name for the site collection.

    Select a language list in the Template Selection section

    A primary language to use for your Developer Site.

    Be sure to select the appropriate language for the Developer Site site collection, because once you choose it, it can’t be changed.

    Selecting a language for your Developer Site does not affect the languages you can make available in your Office and SharePoint Add-ins.

    You can enable the SharePoint multiple language interface on your sites, but the primary language for the site collection is the one you choose here.

    Template Selection section, on the Collaboration tab under Select a template

    Choose Developer Site.

    Time Zone

    Time zone that’s appropriate for the locale of your Developer Site.


    The user name of your site collection administrator.

    Storage Quota

    Number of megabytes (MB) you want to allocate to this Developer Site site collection.

    Server Resource Quota

    The amount of resources to allocate to the site collection.

    This number is a combination of performance metrics (such as processor time and unhandled exceptions) that pertain to code in sandboxed solutions. When the level exceeds a daily quota, the sandbox is turned off for this site collection.

  7. Click OK.

    You’ll see the new developer site URL in the Site Collections list. When the site creation is finished, you can navigate to the URL to open your Developer Site.

    New site collection provisioning
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