Microsoft Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio Code
What is the Teams Toolkit?
The Teams Toolkit helps developers create and deploy Teams apps with integrated Identity, access to cloud storage, data from Microsoft Graph, and other services in Azure and M365 with a “zero-configuration” approach to the developer experience.
What are Teams app “Capabilities”?
Tab are Teams-aware webpages embedded in Microsoft Teams. They are simple HTML tags that point to domains declared in the app manifest and can be added as part of a channel inside a team, group chat, or personal app for an individual user.
Bots allow users to interact with your web service through text, interactive cards, and task modules.
Messaging extensions allow users to interact with your web service through buttons and forms in the Microsoft Teams client.
Build a Teams app in less than 5 minutes
Build a Teams app from the scratch or explore our samples to help you quickly get started with the basic Teams app concepts and code structures.
Verify you have the right prerequisites for building Teams apps and install some recommended development tools. Read more details.
After installing the Teams toolkit, follow the Get Started instruction in our documentation to smoothly start with.
Under the Teams Toolkit extension tab, you can easily discover all applicable commands in the sidebar and Command Palette with the keyword ‘TeamsFx’. It also supports Command Line Interface (CLI) to increase efficiency.
Create your project
Use the Teams Toolkit in Visual Studio Code to set up your first app project. Create your app project using the following steps:
Configure your app
At its core, the Teams app embraces three components:
When an app is installed, the Teams client parses the manifest file to determine needed information like the name of your app and the URL where the services are located.
Preview your app on your local/remote dev environment
Prerequisites: Enable Teams developer preview mode
Simply press F5 to run your first Teams or navigate to the Debug tab in the activity bar and select Run icon to display the Run and Debug view. As a default, the toolkit will automatically help you to setup local environment and load the app in Teams.
If you want to have a better estimation of how the app will behave in the cloud environment, you can deploy your resources to the cloud and preview your app with the backend running in the cloud (remote).
Deploy your application to Azure
Deployment happens in two steps: Provisioning and Deployment. Provisioning creates all the necessary Azure resources that your application uses. It is typically done once. To provision your backend to an active Azure subscription:
Deploy copies your application to the provisioned Azure resources. It is typically done after every change to your application. To deploy your application to the provisioned resources in an active Azure subscription:
Publish your application to Teams
When your application resources and infrastructure are deployed successfully, you can publish and register your app to Teams app catalog to share with others in your organization.
There are many ways in which you can participate in the project, for example:
Reporting security issues
Give security researchers information on how to privately report security vulnerabilities found in your open source project. See more details Reporting security issues.
The software may collect information about you and your use of the software and send it to Microsoft. Microsoft may use this information to provide services and improve our products and services. You may turn off the telemetry as described in the repository. There are also some features in the software that may enable you and Microsoft to collect data from users of your applications. If you use these features, you must comply with` applicable law, including providing appropriate notices to users of your applications together with a copy of Microsoft's privacy statement. Our privacy statement is located at Microsoft Privacy Statement. You can learn more about data collection and use in the help documentation and our privacy statement. Your use of the software operates as your consent to these practices.
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