Generate .app file for SharePoint Apps using MSBuild and Visual Studio 2015/2017
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This SharePoint Apps tutorial, we will discuss, how to generate the .app file using MSBuild as well as from visual studio 2015/2017/2019.
You can use visual studio 2015/2017 to develop the SharePoint hosted apps or add-ins.
Generate SharePoint .app file using MSBuild
After developing the .app file, open the visual studio 2015 command prompt. Then run the command like below:
msbuild /t:Package “E:\Users\Administrator\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\MyFirstDemoAddin\MyFirstDemoSPAddin\MyFirstDemoSPAddin.csproj”
The command looks like below:
Once it is generated successfully, it will give a success message like below. It will generate the .app file inside the Debug folder like below:
E:\Users\Administrator\Documents\Visual Studio 2015\Projects\MyFirstDemoSPAddin\MyFirstDemoSPAddin\bin\Debug\app.publish\18.104.22.168
Generate SharePoint .app file from visual studio
We can also generate the SharePoint .app file from the Visual Studio itself.
Right-click on the project and then click on the Publish… button like below:
Then in the Publish screen click on Package the add-in like below:
After successfully generating the .app file it will open the folder containing the .app file.
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This tutorial, we discussed how to generate .app file for SharePoint Apps or add-ins using MSBuild and Visual Studio 2015/2017/2019.
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