Setting up the Connections app for the Microsoft Teams client

This task involves packaging and installing the Connections app inside Microsoft Teams.

Before you begin

Make sure you've configured an Azure app to support the Microsoft Teams app.


  1. Clone or download the repository and locate the file microsoft-teams/App Manifests/sample/manifest.json.
  2. Edit the manifest.json file as follows:
    1. Replace %Connections_Hostname%​​​​​​​​ with the hostname and domain of your Connections server.
    2. Replace %Connections_AzureApplicationId%​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ with the Azure Application ID (Bot ID) of your Connections Azure application.
  3. Package the Microsoft Teams app:

    The files can be zipped up using your favorite archive utility. Just ensure that there are no folders contained within the zip files. All files should be at the root level of the archive.

    If you are using a terminal on a Mac or Linux, use something similar to the following:

    zip *
  4. Install in Teams:
    1. Open Teams and visit the app store. Depending on the version of Teams, you may see an App Store button in Teams, or you can find the app store by visiting Apps > More Apps in the app rail.
    2. Click Manage your apps in the app store. Then click Upload an app at the top of the page.
    3. Upload the zip file containing the manifest.json updated in step 2.
  5. Add the app to a Teams channel or chat:
    1. Open the Teams app store. Click on the Built for <your org name> section of the app store to view the installed apps.
    2. Click on your Connections Azure application. Then click Select and select to add the app to either a team or chat.
    3. Enter the team channel or chat that you want to add the app to and click Set up to enable both the Tab app and Messaging Extension app. You can also select either Set up a tab or Set up a bot from the Set up list to add each component individually.
      Note: The Set up a bot action is required for the messaging extension component to work in a team or chat.

What to do next

Install/update Component Pack services with Microsoft Teams integration