Teams Toolkit Overview


We've introduced the Teams Toolkit v5 extension within Visual Studio Code. This version comes to you with many new app development features. We recommend that you use Teams Toolkit v5 for building your Teams app.

Teams Toolkit v4 extension will soon be deprecated.

Teams Toolkit makes it simple to get started with app development for Microsoft Teams using Visual Studio Code.

  • Start with a project template for common line-of-business app scenarios or from a sample.
  • Save setup time with automated app registration and configuration.
  • Run and debug to Teams directly from familiar tools.
  • Smart defaults for hosting in Azure using infrastructure-as-code and Bicep.
  • Create unique configurations like dev, test, and prod using the environment features.


Before you get started, we strongly recommend that you visit Teams Toolkit v5 Guide to learn key features, such as life cycles and actions.

Illustration shows the User Journey of the Teams Toolkit.

Available for Visual Studio Code

Teams Toolkit is available for free for Visual Studio Code. For more information about installation and set up, see Install Teams Toolkit.

Teams Toolkit Visual Studio Code
Installation Available in the VS Code Marketplace
Build with JavaScript, TypeScript, React, SPFx


The following list provides the key features of Teams Toolkit:

Project templates

You can start directly with the capability-focused templates such as tabs, bots, and message extensions or by following the existing samples if you're already familiar with Teams app development. Teams Toolkit reduces the complexity of getting started with the help of templates for common line-of-business app scenarios and smart defaults to accelerate your time to production.

Screenshot shows the create new Teams app menu in Visual Studio Code.

Automatic registration and configuration

You can save time and let the toolkit automatically register the app in Teams Developer Portal. When you first run or debug the app, Teams Toolkit automatically registers the Teams app to your Microsoft 365 tenant and configures settings such as Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for your Teams app. Sign in with your Microsoft 365 account to control where the app is configured and customize the included Azure AD manifest when you need flexibility.

Multiple environments

You can create different groupings of cloud resources to run and test your app. Use the dev environment with your Azure subscription or create a new app with a different subscription for staging, test, and production.

Quick access to Teams Developer Portal

You can access Teams Developer Portal where you can configure, distribute, and manage your app. For more information, see manage your Teams apps using Developer Portal.

Screenshot shows the Developer Portal option.

See also

Install Teams Toolkit