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When you publish a new provider hosted app using F5 - deployment, the new version of the app will be installed and a new ClientId will be generated. In addition that ClientId will automatically be saved in the Web.Config of the according Web-project.

Now I have a solution that has not only an app-project and a web-project, but also a few console applications that use the same mechanisms and configurarions and so also have a ClientId stored in their app.config.

Currently I have to manually copy the updated ClientId from the Web.Config to each App.Config of the console applications.

To avoid this I would like to use a fix ClientId (instead of a new one every time I redeploy the app). As an alternative, if the Clientid also is stored in the App.Configs automatically I would be happy, too.

I did not find where the ClientId-Web.Config-replacement takes place. If I could find that and could change it to also modify the other app.Configs that would be an alternative. But there seems to be nothing in the csproj-files.

TL;DR:

  1. I want to use a static ClientId on F5-Deployment on a Provider hosted app instead of a dynamic one
  2. (Alternative) How can I automatically store the ClientId not only in the web.Config but also in different App.Configs if (1.) is not possible
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I want to share my experience here and seems you mixed different approaches.

F5 used to develop a add-in so it's easy for us to dev/debug a add-in in developer site, VS will do many works for us(uninstall/install etc.).

If a add-in ready to development to 'prod', we should package a add-in and deploy to app catalog.

If you want to use fixed add-in ClientID, you could create it in /_layouts/15/AppRegNew.aspx, when you package your add-in, you could use the ClientID for your add-in. enter image description here

If you create a add-in in a developer site with fixed ClientID, when you deploy the add-in to a different site app catalog and use it in a site, the add-in will use the fixed ClientID also.

  • I am aware that on Prod I already have a fixed ClientId. So there is no issue as the ClientId is already inside all console applications. But on testing/debugging via F5 I also do not want to have to change every Config my solutiion has, – Ole Albers Nov 8 '17 at 12:25

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