Note: While you can also use Visual Studio to create Office Add-in projects, the Yeoman generator provides more options in terms of the types of projects you can create. For example:
- The Yeoman generator can create Office Add-ins projects that use TypeScript, whereas Visual Studio cannot.
- The Yeoman generator can create add-ins for Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Word, Excel Custom Functions, whereas Visual Studio can only create add-ins for Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.
For detailed information about using the Yeoman generator to create Office Add-ins, see any of the 5-minute quick starts in the Office Add-ins documentation.
Important: If this is the first time you’re using Yeoman or installing a Yeoman generator, first install Git and Node.js (version 8.0.0 or later). For developers on Mac, we recommend using Node Version Manager to install Node.js with the right permissions. When the installation completes, restart your console (or if you are using Windows, restart your machine) to ensure you use the updated system environment variables.
yo (Yeoman) and
generator-office globally using NPM.
$ npm install -g yo generator-office
$ yo office [arguments] [options]
The following command line arguments are supported. If using the command line arguments, you must use them in the order cited below, or the generator will prompt you for the values.
Specifies the project type to create.
Project Type | Description ———– | ———————— taskpane | Task Pane add-in using HTML angular | Task Pane add-in using the Angular framework react | Task Pane add-in using the React framework excel-functions | Task Pane add-in with Excel Custom Functions manifest | Manifest and related files for an Office Add-in
Title of the project - this is the display name that is written the manifest.xml file.
Note: The Windows command prompt requires this argument to be in quotes (e.g. “My Office Add-in”)
The Microsoft Office client application that can host the add-in. The supported arguments include Excel (
excel), OneNote (
onenote), Outlook (
outlook), PowerPoint (
powerpoint), Project (
project), and Word (
The following command line options are supported. If these are not specified, the generator will prompt you for the values before scaffolding the project. The options should be specified after the projectType, name and host arguments.
--output tells the generator to create the project in a specific location. If the output parameter is not specified, the project will be created in the current directory. If the output option specifies a non-empty folder,
the generator will inform you so you don’t accidentally overwrite existing files.
--ts tells the generator to use TypeScript.
--details tells the generator to provide detailed help, including all the accepted values for each project type and host,
After scaffolding the project, the generator (and all sub generators) run all package management install commands such as
npm install &
typings install. Specifying
--skip-install tells the generator to skip this step.
Launch the local HTTPS site on
https://localhost:3000 by simply typing the following command in your console:
$ npm start
Note: Office Add-ins should use HTTPS, not HTTP, even when you are developing. If you are prompted to install a certificate after you run
npm start, accept the prompt to install the certificate that the Yeoman generator provides.
Browse to the ‘External’ IP address listed in your console to test your web app across multiple browsers and devices that are connected on your local network.
As you modify your
manifest.xml file, use the included Office Toolbox to ensure that your XML file is correct and complete. It will also give you information on against what platforms to test your add-ins before submitting to the store.
To run Office Add-in Validator, use the following command in your project directory:
$ npm run validate
For more information on manifest validation, refer to our add-in manifests documentation.
If you are interested in contributing, please start by reading the Contributing Guidelines.
Ensure you have Node.js (version 8.0.0 or later) installed.
$ npm install -g yo
$ git clone https://github.com/OfficeDev/generator-office.git $ cd generator-office $ npm install
$ npm run build $ npm link $ cd .. $ yo office
At this point,
yo office will be running with your custom built
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