I developed an add-on for Google spreadsheets, have sent it over to Google for a review, and after much blood, toil, tears and sweat, had it successfully approved.

Yet, the add-on is only available to members on my employer's domain - a domain that uses Google tools and services (mail services are Gmail based, for example). My employer and I want it to be available to anyone with a Google account. When I contacted Google on the issue, they have sent me a link to a support page in which there are departments of support. My inquiry fits none of them.

Could any of you please point me in the right direction?

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Publish a Google Add-on to the G Suite Marketplace

Basic Concepts:

  • You must use the G Suite Marketplace SDK in order to get to the “Publish” section for publishing an add-on, and you must first open the Google Cloud Platform for your specific project (apps script file)
  • The G Suite Marketplace SDK must be enabled in the Google Cloud Platform
  • The two sections you need to focus on are:
  • 1) Configuration
  • 2) Publish
  • Two images are required:
  • 1) 128px by 128px
  • 2) 32px by 32px
  • Scopes define what the user will be asked to authorize
  • Visibility can be either:
  • 1) Public
  • 2) My Domain

Access the Google Cloud Platform:

  • From the Apps Script code editor for the project (file) you want to publish
  • Click the “Resources” menu, and then click the Cloud Platform project menu item
  • Click the blue link with the project name and the project ID
  • Open the Navigation menu
  • Click “API’s and Services

Enable the G Suite Marketplace SDK

  • If you have not already enabled the G Suite Marketplace SDK
  • From the Google Cloud Platform
  • Click “Enable APIs and Services"
  • Search “G Suite”
  • Click G Suite Marketplace SDK
  • Enable the API

Configure the Add-on settings:

  • From the list of API’s click the row for G Suite Marketplace SDK
  • Click the wrench / configuration nav menu item
  • Enable individual install, which should be checked by default. Make sure it’s checked if you want to provide the add-on to users outside of the domain
  • Visibility - Public or My Domain
  • 1) Public - Anyone outside of the domain
  • 2) My Domain - only users in your organization can see the listing in the store and install it
  • Thanks for your effort, but all the settings for the project are exactly as you suggested. Any other ideas? Mar 12, 2019 at 10:07
  • Add-ons in the Chrome Web Store will be migrated to the G Suite Marketplace. Maybe because things are in transition, it's not working correctly. It could be a bug. There are only two visibility options for the G Suite Marketplace, Public or My Domain. If it's set to Public, then it should be available outside of the domain. Even if the old Chrome Web Store listing is set to a visibility option of "Unlisted" outside users should still be able to install the add-on from the Chrome Web Store listing. Unlisted means you can't find it through a search, but you can give them the link.
    – Alan Wells
    Mar 12, 2019 at 13:48
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    We have a progress: indeed I can use a direct link to my app, but after attempting to use it with a Gmail account, a most unexpected thing happens: I get to install the app on my spreadsheet, but when I choose "Add-ons" in the menu, I can locate the name of my project, but the sub-menu contains only a Help option, instead of the title appearing in "function onOpen(e)" in the code. Mar 13, 2019 at 9:24
  • Ok, it seems my project is a container-bound script which means it is associated with a specific file on my Google drive. I need it to be a standalone script, which is a different beast that requires the use of a completely new API to interact with files. Am I right? Mar 13, 2019 at 10:09
  • It's better to use a stand alone script for an add-on. You don't need a completely new API. You can use the .getActive_???() method in a stand alone script installed as an add-on. The code will get the active file that the add-on is installed on.
    – Alan Wells
    Mar 13, 2019 at 14:25

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