I am deploying custom ribbon button using SharePoint provider hosted app. It creates ribbon button without any issues when I deploy to the site manually (app scope). But it does not create a ribbon button when app is pushed through app catalog site to all sites (tenant scope). I have read on MSDN site that it is not possible. Any workaround to this?

Here is the xml of ribbon control.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Elements xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
  <CustomAction Id="33080663-4c4a-457f-aae5-d2185039bdb5.RibbonCustomAction_ConvertPDF"
                Title="Convert to PDF">
      Update the UI definitions below with the controls and the command actions
      that you want to enable for the custom action.
        <CommandUIDefinition Location="Ribbon.Documents.Copies.Controls._children">
          <Button Id="Ribbon.Documents.Copies.RibbonCustomAction_ConvertPDFButton"
                  Alt="Convert to PDF"
                  LabelText="Convert to PDF"
                  TemplateAlias="o1" CommandType="OptionSelection"
                  Image16by16="~remoteAppUrl/Images/pdf16.gif" />
        <CommandUIHandler Command="Invoke_RibbonCustomAction_ConvertPDFButtonRequest"
                          EnabledScript="javascript:function multiEnable() {  var items = SP.ListOperation.Selection.getSelectedItems(); return (items.length > 0); } multiEnable();" />
    </CommandUIExtension >

1 Answer 1


Custom Actions are not supported for tenant-scoped apps (Look at the section "Limitations of Tenant-scoped apps").

One workaround to consider would be to add the Custom Action in code via the app installed event. Check out this sample, which runs in a page but you could use the same approach in an app installed event.

  • I tried it already. App installed event does not trigger on individual sites when app installed using tenancy scope. It triggered only on app catalog site. Commented Feb 3, 2015 at 6:48

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