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Setting Up a SharePoint App Catalog

This step is only needed if a SharePoint App Catalog does not already exist.

Determine if this SharePoint Site has an App Catalog Already Setup

  • On SharePoint Central Administrator page, Left Column, select “Apps”.
  • The “Apps” page will be displayed, click on “Manage App Catalog”.
  • Set the “Web Application” from the dropdown to the “web application” that AppManager will be added as an app.
SAVE to Notepad  SharePointSiteAppCatalogURL – If the App Catalog Exists then save the URL highlighted in YELLOW above. In the example above http://sp13dev1/sites/apps

If the App Catalog exists, then skip to the “Creating an App Identifier” Section.  If not proceed to the next section.


If the App Catalog is NOT Configured for the Appropriate Site, then:

Note: This section can be skipped if this SharePoint Site already has set up an App Catalog.
  • Click on “Central Administration” (left Column).
  • Under “System Settings” Click “Manage services on server”
  • You will be directed to the “Services on Server” page
  • On the Services on Server page verify that the AppManagement Service status is “Started”.
  • On the Left Menu, under “Central Administration” Click on “Apps”.
  • Creating an App Catalog
  • On the Apps page, click on “Manage App Catalog”.
  • On The “Create App Catalog” page, use the table below to fill in the Fields and then click OK.
    Input Field Description Example
    Title App Catalog Name apps
    Web Site Address The dropdown should have SITE selected, complete the URL by entering “apps” apps
    User Name Using the People picker select an Administrator for this catalog.  Remember this user, they will manage the app Catalog. Usually this SharePoint administrator
    End Users Everyone Everyone can see the App Catalog items.

    SAVE to NotePad – SharePointSiteAppCatalogURL – You will need this URL to create the Client ID and Secret.
    SAVE to Notepad –– This will be the Primary administrator listed above, this user will be need to add apps to the site and register the New App with the site.
  • Your App Catalog will now be created.

Configuring your App Catalog

Term Description Example
Webapplication Domain <yourDomain> Sp13dev1
Farm Administrator <domain\username>” dev\sharepoint

Copy the Cmdlets below into a Note Pad file on your SharePoint Hosting Server.  Edit the highlighted items in yellow.  After the commands have been updated copy them into a “SharePoint 2016 Management Shell” Running as Administrator.

NOTE:  the [LINEBREAK] symbol in the command lines below represent when there should be a line break in the set of commands.  DO NOT COPY [LINEBREAK] as part of your command into the Note Pad File or into the Manage Power Shell. If you do not copy these commands into a note file that is very wide the copy and paste may introduce line breaks where none should be!




































Below is an example of an edited set of commands to copy and paste into a Managed Power Shell.

Configuring App URLs for your app catalog.

NOTE:  This section assumes DNS is configured properly.  See MSDN Documentation.

In SharePoint 2016 Central Administration

Left column, click on “Apps”.

Click on “Configure App URLs”.

The “Configure App URLs” page will be displayed.

Note:  If you do not see the input fields described below then you will need follow these sets:

Navigate to “Application Management” > “Manage Service Application” (under Service Applications).

Verify that “Subscription Settings Service” is listed and is “Started”.

There are two input fields on this page which maybe already populated CLEAR both Fields and fill them in appropriately as described in the table below.

Input Field Description Example
App domain Enter in the App Domain sp13dev1
App prefix Fill in the App prefix. It is best to use something short like “Apps” Apps

Once the fields are completed, click on OK.

Creating an App Identifier for AppManager

A Client Identity and Client Secret must be created for the new incoming APP – AppManager.  AppRegNew.aspx will be used to generate those items.

  • Login as Administrator onto your SharePoint Admin Center.
  • Click On apps in left column.
  • Click on App Catalog.
  • Navigate to http://<SharePointAppCatalogURL>/_layouts/15/AppRegNew.aspx.
  • The App Information page will be displayed, where input field to create the Client Identity will be displayed:Preparing the SharePoint Site

Set the following fields:

  • Client Id: – Click the Generate button and SharePoint will generate the Client ID.
  • Client Secret– Click the Generate button and SharePoint will generate the Client Secret.
Important Note: Client Secrets for SharePoint Add-ins that are registered using the AppRegNew.aspx page expire after one year.  It is a good idea to note the date on which you are creating the app so that you can regenerate the key before it expires. It is also recommended to include the expiration date in the “Title” of the app (see next section). See the following Microsoft article explaining the process to replace an expiring key.

In the example below the redirect for the appmanager website is:  The domain is the redirect without the https example:

  • TITLE – Is usually the domain of your AppManager plus a client secret expiration date (one year from the generation of this secret, which is what we are doing right now). The “TITLE” is the app title seen in “Site Settings” > “Site app permissions”. Example:
  • App Domain – Domain example:
  • Redirect URI – The endpoint in your remote application “AppManager” (website).  This must be of the form https://DomainName. Example:

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Click the “Create” Button

  • Verify that the Identifier was generated successfully.
BEFORE selecting “OK” button, copy “The app identifier has been successfully created” message (see RED box below) to a note file.  WARNING it is the only time you will see these values and they are required for the website.
  • Click on OK button

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