Teams app package

An app package is a file format that has the required resources to install and run your app in Teams and it must contain the following files:

  • App manifest: Describes how your app is configured, including its capabilities, required resources, and other important attributes.
  • App icons: Each package requires a color and outline icon for your app.

To distribute your Microsoft Teams app, you need to zip the files in the app package folder and provide a suitable name.

Teams doesn't host your app

When a user installs your app in Teams, they install an app package that contains only a configuration file (also known as an app manifest) and your app's icons. The app's logic and data storage are hosted elsewhere, such as on localhost during development and Azure Web Services. Teams accesses these resources via HTTPS.

Illustration showing app hosting for Teams app

App manifest

An app manifest describes your app's configuration, including its capabilities, required resources, and other significant attributes with the name manifest.json in the app package.

You can create an app and configure the app manifest through one of the following platforms:

  • Teams Toolkit: A set of tools and extensions in Microsoft Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio to create, debug, and deploy an app. When creating an app, the app manifest generates from a template file based on the selected capabilities. You can then customize in Visual Studio Code or Visual Studio based on your requirements, validate the manifest file, and zip the app package.

  • Teams Developer Portal: A web-based platform that helps you create your app, configure your app manifest, and generate an app package. To create an app through Teams Developer Portal, see create and register an app.

You can add bot, tab, message extensions, and other capabilities to your app by updating the app manifest with the required app capability. For more information, see build app with app capabilities.

When you publish your app to the Microsoft Teams Store, ensure your app manifest references to the latest app manifest schema. For sample app manifest, see Hello world sample app.

App icons

Your app package must include two .png versions of your app icon: A color and outline version.


If your app has a bot or message extension, your icons are included in your Microsoft Azure Bot Service registration.

For your app to pass Teams Store review, these icons must meet the following size requirements.

Color icon

The color version of your icon displays in most Teams scenarios and must be 192x192 pixels. Your icon symbol (96x96 pixels) can be any color, but it must sit on a solid or fully transparent square background.

Teams automatically crops your icon to display a square with rounded corners in multiple scenarios and a hexagonal shape in bot scenarios. To crop the symbol without losing any detail, include 48 pixels of padding around your symbol.

Teams color icon and design guidance.

Outline icon

An outline icon displays in two scenarios:

  • When your app is in use and “hoisted” on the app bar on the left side of Teams.
  • When a user pins your app's message extension.

Ensure the icon is 32x32 pixels. It should be either white with a transparent background or transparent with a white background. No other colors are allowed. The outline icon mustn't contain any additional padding around the symbol.

Teams outline icon design guidance.

Best practices

Illustration showing how to design your app icons.

Do: Follow the precise outline icon guidelines

The RGB values of white used in your icon must be Red: 255, Green: 255, Blue: 255. All other parts of the outline icon must be fully transparent, with the alpha channel set to 0.

Illustration showing how not to design your app icons.

Don't: Crop in a circular or rounded square shape

The color icon submitted in your app package must be square. Don’t round the corners of your icon. Teams automatically adjusts the corner radius.

Don't: Copy other brands

Your icons must not mimic any copyrighted products that you don't own. For example, a design similar to a Microsoft product or brand.


Here's how app icons appear in different Teams capabilities and contexts.

Personal app

Example showing how an app icon looks in a personal app.

Bot (channel)

Example showing how an app icon looks on a bot inside channel.

Message extension

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Next step

Choose how you plan to distribute your app:

See also