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How to access the site collection app catalog in SharePoint

This post was most recently updated on September 25th, 2021.

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This article explains how to access the Site Collection App Catalog in SharePoint Online. I mean – yeah, I had to google it after getting back to SPFx dev stuff after a while and realized the first few results were useless.

Of course. So how did you do this now…

Turned out to be pretty easy, and borderline obvious! Still, yet another thing to document.

Solution

Table of Contents

So, back to basics – how do you access the Site Collection App Catalog on a SharePoint Online Site (or Site Collection)?

Let’s jump into it.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How to access the Site Collection App Catalog in SharePoint Online?

  1. Navigate to your SharePoint Site

    (Or Site Collection, if you’re feeling a bit Classic)

  2. Access “Site Contents” of said site

    Either append “/_layouts/15/viewlsts.aspx” to the URL, or navigate using the gear menu like shown below.

    How to access Site Contents on a SharePoint Online site

  3. You should see the App Catalog right there

    Obvious, right? Yeah – it’s a library. It’s kind of in the name, too!

    If you’re just uploading a solution for your local environment, it’s as easy as opening the library, dragging and dropping your package there.

    Site Collection App Catalog - it's just a library on the root site of your SharePoint site collection!

    It’s just now called “Apps for SharePoint” and looks a bit 2013-ish.

  4. If the Site Collection App Catalog doesn’t exist, create it!

    Here’s how to create it using SharePoint Online Management Shell!

    Connect-SPOService -Url https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com
    $site = Get-SPOSite https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/commssite
    Add-SPOSiteCollectionAppCatalog -Site $site


    And you should be good!

That was easy! Do you feel as stupid as I did, when I was googling this? 😜 Anyway, now it’s documented.


References

  • Microsoft’s documentation on SharePoint App Catalogs. It’s not perfect, but it’s there.
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