Step 7: Publish Your App
Important: Chrome will be removing support for Chrome Apps on all platforms. Chrome browser and the Chrome Web Store will continue to support extensions. Read the announcement and learn more about migrating your app.
Want to start fresh from here? Find the previous step's code in the reference code zip under cheat_code > solution_for_step6.
In this step, you will learn:
- How to publish a Chrome App to the Chrome Web Store.
Estimated time to complete this step: 10 minutes.
To preview what you will complete in this step, jump down to the bottom of this page ↓.
Learn about Chrome Web Store benefits #
For those not familiar with the store, it provides several benefits to users and developers.
- Added security—all apps and extensions are checked for Malware signals.
- All apps are maintained with the latest version the developer has published.
- Ratings and reviews provide a great way to see the quality of applications.
- You can upload your app once and know that it will be distributed to all users.
- Payments and subscriptions are built in.
- Your app is more discoverable to users.
- Tools to help you manage bugs and reviews from users.
Upload your app via the Developer Dashboard #
The Chrome Web Store has a special dashboard for developers that lets you upload new applications and update existing ones.
The process of uploading apps is simple:
- Compress your application's root directory (the folder containing the manifest.json file) into a .zip file.
- Go to the Chrome Web Store Developer Dashboard and log in with a developer-verified Google Account. (If you don't have a verified account, you can sign up for a nominal fee.)
- Click Add new item.
- Accept the terms and services agreement to continue.
- Use the choose file dialog box to find the .zip file in your system. Select that file to upload.
You are nearly done. If you are not quite ready for the next step, you can save the draft for later, or you can publish it to a group of testers.
Add promotional materials #
Before you can publicly publish your app, you need to add promotional assets and extra meta information about your application.You should see a screen that looks like this:
The below fields are mandatory:
- A detailed description of your application. Write your description to entice users to download your app.
- A 128x128 icon to display in the store. You may re-use your app icon here.
- At least one 1280x800 or 640x400 screenshot or YouTube video to show off what your app does.
- A 440x280 small tile icon that will be displayed on the Chrome Web Store wall.
- The primary category where your app should be listed.
- Your app's language to help users find it.
Once you are happy with everything, you can now publish your application to the public.
View your app in the Chrome Web Store #
You are done Step 7! You should have a link to your public Chrome App that you can share with the world.
Congratulations on completing this Chrome Apps codelab!