How to: Set up an app catalog on SharePoint Online

Learn how to set up an app catalog on SharePoint for publishing task pane and content apps for Office.

Last modified: January 28, 2015

Applies to: Access app for SharePoint | apps for Office | Excel | Outlook | PowerPoint | Project | Word

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An app catalog is a dedicated site collection in a SharePoint 2013 web application (or a SharePoint Online tenancy) that hosts document libraries for apps for SharePoint and apps for Office. Administrators can upload apps for Office manifest files to the app catalog for use within their organization. When an administrator registers an app catalog as a trusted catalog (by setting group policy, or by specifying the trusted catalog on the Trusted App Catalogs tab 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.

To set up the app catalog for an instance of SharePoint Online, follow these steps:

To set up an app catalog on SharePoint Online

  1. On the Office 365 admin center page, choose Admin, and then choose SharePoint.

  2. In the left task pane, choose apps.

  3. On the apps page, choose App Catalog.

  4. On the App Catalog Site page, choose OK to accept the default option and create a new app catalog site.

  5. On the Create App Catalog Site Collection page, specify the title of your App Catalog site.

  6. Specify the web site address.

  7. Specify the time zone, administrator, storage quota, and server resource quota, and then choose OK.

To add apps for Office to the App Catalog Site, browse to the site you have just created. In the left navigation pane, choose Apps for Office, and then, to upload an app for Office manifest file, choose new app.

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