In this article we will show you how to control who can add ShortPoint SPFx App to the site.


Before we begin

  • This article is for you if you are using ShortPoint SPFx, meaning that you have Office 365 (SharePoint Online) or SharePoint 2019.
  • If you are using SharePoint 2019, check the Option 2 of this solution article, since the Site Collection App Catalog is available for Office 365 only.
  • If you are using Office 365 (SharePoint Online), both options are valid for you.

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Option 1: Switch to the Site Collection App Catalog option


Note: You can choose this option if you are using Office 365 (SharePoint Online). In case you have SharePoint 2019, check the Option 2 of this article, since the Site Collection App Catalog is not available for it.


When the ShortPoint SPFx app is added to the Tenant App Catalog, anyone can pull it up from any site of this tenant as the app will be visible for all users, when they navigate to the Site contents > Add an app. If you want to avoid that, you can switch to using the Site Collection App Catalog. This way, the ShortPoint SPFx app file will be stored in one site collection only and won't be available in all other site collections.


Step 1: Create Site Collection App Catalog


To create the Site Collection App Catalog, please, follow the instructions in our solution article: Setup Site Collection App Catalog (SPFx) in Office 365.


Note: Here is a link to MSDN documentation about enabling Site Collection App Catalog https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/dev/general-development/site-collection-app-catalog.

Step 2: Remove ShortPoint App from Tenant App Catalog


After you have created Site Collection App Catalog, you need to remove ShortPoint SPFx app from Tenant App Catalog.


Open the SharePoint Admin Center and then navigate to the SharePoint App Catalog

Click Apps for SharePoint (you may check Steps 1-2 of this solution article for more details).


Select the ShortPoint SPFx file you would like to delete (1), click the three dots icon to open the details (2)

Then click the three dots icon to expand all the options and choose Delete from the drop-down (3):



Step 3: Upload ShortPoint App to Site Collection App Catalog 


After you have removed ShortPoint SPFx app from Tenant App Catalog, it's time to add ShortPoint SPFx app to Site Collection App Catalog


Follow the steps from this solution article: Upload new ShortPoint SPFx app file to Tenant App Catalog (Office 365).

Note: For the future upgrades you need to remove app from every site on the Site Collection with App Catalog and install ShortPoint SPFx app again. Just the app, there is no need to perform installation from the ShortPoint Dashboard.

Option 2: Restrict users from adding the app to Site Collection

You can also restrict users from adding ShortPoint SPFx app from the Site contents.


Step 1: Navigate to the Tenant App Catalog


Open the SharePoint Admin Center and then navigate to the SharePoint App Catalog (you may check Steps 1-2 of this solution article for more details).


Step 2: Open Site settings


Click the cog wheel icon to open the Settings options and select Site settings:



Step 3: Go to the Site permissions


Choose Site permissions option under the Users and Permissions category:



Step 4: Remove the users permissions


To add the ShortPoint SPFx App to the site users need to have at least Read permission level. You need to Remove User Permissions from the selected users/groups to prevent them from adding the app. 


  • SharePoint 2019:


For SharePoint 2019 users' permissions are assigned manually by admin. So if you want to remove someone's rights, simply choose the user and click Remove User Permissions button from the Ribbon under the Permissions tab:



  • Office 365 (SharePoint Online):


For Office 365 there is an automatically created group Everyone except external users, that has Read permission level. It means that the users can add ShortPoint SPFx app from the Site contents by default.


You need to remove this group (Remove User Permissions) in order to restrict them from adding the app:



That's it. Now users will not be able to add an app from the Site contents.