Create an app catalog site in SharePoint 2016 on-premise and Online (PowerShell or Central Administration)

This article explains how to create an app catalog site in SharePoint 2013 using SharePoint 2013 Central Administration and using PowerShell.

An app catalog site contains a special type of Document Library that is used to upload and store app package files for SharePoint apps. There cannot be more than one App Catalog site collection in a web application or each web application can have only one App Catalog site collection. There can be multiple App Catalogs in a farm.

In the same way, we can create an app catalog site in SharePoint 2016 also.

Create app catalog SharePoint 2016/2013 on-premise

Now, we will see how to create an app catalog site in SharePoint 2013/2016.

Open SharePoint 2013 central administration. Then choose Apps from the left-hand side and this will open the Apps page. There click on Manage App Catalog from the App Management section on the Apps page.

create app catalog sharepoint 2013 on premise

Then in the Manage App Catalog page click on create a new app catalog site and then click on OK. Before that you can also check the Web Application or if you want you can change the web application.

create app catalog sharepoint 2016 on premise

Then this will open the Create App Catalog page, there you can enter the Title, Description, URL and Site Collection Administrator and then click on “Create“.

create app catalog sharepoint 2013 powershell

Create app catalog SharePoint 2013/2016 PowerShell

Below is the PowerShell command to create an App catalog site using PowerShell in SharePoint 2013/2016.

New-SPSite -Url http://sp:1001/sites/AppCatalog -OwnerAlias "serverName\sp_admin" -Name "App Catalog site" -Template "APPCATALOG#0"

The SharePoint 2013 app catalog site would be successfully created using central administration and PowerShell.

Create an App Catalog Site in SharePoint Online

If your organization is developing custom apps and you want those apps to be made available for users inside your organization, then you can create an app catalog site in your SharePoint online tenant. After this, the apps will be available for users to install when they browse apps under the From Your Organization filter on the Site Contents page.

First Login to your Office 365 admin page, then click on the App Launcher -> then Admin as shown in the fig below:

create app catalog sharepoint online

Then from the Admin section click on SharePoint on the left side. This will open the SharePoint admin center. From the left side click on apps link and then App Catalog as shown in the fig below:

create app catalog site sharepoint online

Then choose to create a new app catalog site option, remember if you already have an app catalog site, then it will open the app catalog site directly. see fig below:

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Then it will open the Create App Catalog Site Collection dialog box as shown in the fig below:

Fill the details like Title, Web site address, Administrator, storage quota, etc and click on Create. This will create the app catalog site.

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Once site collection created successfully, you should be able to see your app catalog site like below:

create app catalog in office 365

Here you should see, Apps for SharePoint, Apps for Office document library. As well as the App Requests list in the site collection.

This is how we can create an app catalog site in SharePoint Online Office 365.

You may like following SharePoint tutorials:

Here, in this SharePoint tutorial, we learned how to create an app catalog site using PowerShell and using SharePoint 2013/2016 central administration.

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Sagar Pardeshi

I am Developer working on Microsoft Technologies for the past 6+years. I am very much passionate about programming and my core skills are SharePoint, ASP.NET & C#,Jquery,Javascript,REST. I am running this blog to share my experience & learning with the community I am an MCP, MCTS .NET & Sharepoint 2010, MCPD Sharepoint 2010, and MCSD HTML 5,Sharepoint 2013 Core Solutions. I am currently working on Sharepoint 2010, MOSS 2007, Sharepoint 2013,Sharepoint 2013 App Dev, C#, ASP.NET, and SQL Server 2008.

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