Can we activate a feature by adding two features to the solution and activating the one of the feature from another features FeatureInstalled Event?

I am trying to activate the feature of the current solution when the solution is deployed?

And all I am asking is about a Site Collection Feature.

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I'm almost 100% sure it's possible, but something tells me there's a better way of doing this depending on your use case and I think it's called Feature Stapling. I think of it as a declarative way to attach features to site definitions (yea, not really sticking it to other features but rather to site definitions, so that when a site gets created with said (or any) site definition, the feature is automatically activated).

If you'd rather only activate your Feature B when Feature A gets activated, I'd go ahead and just do it from Code.

if(feature==null)//if feature is not activated
   site.Features.Add(featureId);//activate feature

and the reverse:

if(feature!=null)//if feature is activated
    site.Features.Remove(feature.DefinitionId);//deactivate feature

EDIT: For Feature Stapling, keep this in mind:

The scope of the feature that does the stapling must be higher than the features being stapled. For example, a feature at the site collection scope can staple only features at site-level scope. So, you can fine tune the your feature scope accordingly

A nice feature stapling walkthrough

  • More on feature stapling: c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/anavijai/…
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    Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 8:39
  • Can it happen if both the features are site collection features of the same solution on the same site? Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 13:56
  • I don't see a reason it wouldn't work. Only thing to make sure is that dependencies are respected between features (activate the dependency first). Check my answer's edit for more info. Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 7:20
  • Its working it just happened by feature stapling, I activated site scoped feature by using feature stapling. Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 7:03
  • Congrats :), would you mind marking it as the answer then ? Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 9:13

Automatically activating another feature inside the FeatureActivated handler for some initial feature works fine for Farm solutions. For Sandbox solutions it's a no go though - if you need that you may have to do it using JavaScript (it's not that hard).

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    Can you please add details regarding how to activate a feature through javascript? :) Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 8:19
  • Is it possible if both the features are site collection features? Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 13:59
  • Robert, in elements.xml you can put <CustomAction Id="jqueryScript" Location="ScriptLink" ScriptBlock=" function activateFeature() { var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current(); var web = clientContext.get_site().get_rootWeb(); var guid = new SP.Guid('{insert feature guid}'); web.get_features().add(guid, false, SP.FeatureDefinitionScope.site); clientContext.executeQueryAsync(); } ExecuteOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(activateFeature, 'sp.js'); </CustomAction> Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 21:26
  • Niranjan, haven't tried but don't see why not. Have you tried just putting (properties.Feature.Parent as SPSite).Features.Add(FeatureGuid); in your feature's FeatureActivated event? Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 21:32
  • Dylan, Ya I have tried that but that doesn't work. What I want to ask you is, I searched on Google and I found a solution that is feature stapling but that is given for web and webapplication level features. And I tried it by doing on site level it's not happening. Giving some error while deploying the solution. Do you know some thing about feature stapling? Does work for two features at site collection level? Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 5:30

This will depend on the order in which features are installed. If the feature you want to activate programmatically in other feature's installed event is already installed then it can be activated otherwise not.

  • Can it happen if both the features are site collection features of the same solution because for me it is giving an error, by trying in that way? Commented Mar 5, 2014 at 13:58
  • Its working, by using feature stapling it is working. Commented Mar 7, 2014 at 7:05

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