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App Side Loading

Posted by Paul on May 17, 2015

App Side Loading allows installation of an App directly into a SharePoint site.


Following are the pre-requisites of the site to enable App Side Loading:

  1. Site Template should be Developer Site Template
  2. Or, Side Loading feature should be enabled

Developer Site Template

You can create a developer site using the developer site template as shown below.


Side Loading Feature

To activate this feature, you have to use PowerShell.  This feature is a hidden one & cannot be activated using SharePoint > Site Collection Features > User Interface.

Following is the PowerShell script to activate the feature.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
Enable-SPFeature e374875e-06b6-11e0-b0fa-57f5dfd72085 –url http://site-url


Specify your site URL in the above script.


If we are not using any of the two options above, you may receive the following error during app deployment.

Side loading of apps is not enabled on this site

In this case, you can run the above PowerShell script & try re-deploying the App.


This feature should not be used in Production machines.


In this post we explored the App Side Loading feature.


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