SuiteApp Creation and Distribution

Note:

SuiteBundler is still supported, but it will not be updated with any new features.

To take advantage of new features for packaging and distributing customizations, you can use the Copy to Account and SuiteCloud Development (SDF) features instead of SuiteBundler.

Copy to Account is an administrator tool that you can use to copy custom objects between your accounts. The tool can copy one custom object at a time, including dependencies and data. For more information, see Copy to Account Overview.

SuiteCloud Development Framework is a development framework that you can use to create SuiteApps from an integrated development environment (IDE) on your local computer. For more information, see SuiteCloud Development Framework Overview.

The SuiteBundler feature enables packaging of customization objects or configuration settings into a bundle that can be installed in other NetSuite accounts. To create bundles, this feature must be enabled in your account, and you must have the SuiteApp Marketplace permission. For details about how bundles can be used and the objects they can include, see Types of Bundles. Each bundle has a unique bundle ID that is used to identify it and differentiate it from other bundles.

Important:

Bundles are also known as SuiteApps.

The Bundle Builder walks you through the steps of creating bundles.

After you have created a bundle, you can set it up to be released to other accounts. See the following:

You can publish user help content for the bundle in the NetSuite Help Center. See Publishing SuiteApp Help Content to the NetSuite Help Center.

You can use bundle copy and deprecate actions to implement a bundle versioning strategy. These actions provide increased flexibility and control of the development and release process. See Copying a Bundle to Other Accounts and Deprecating a Bundle.

Users of other NetSuite accounts can install your bundle, if it has been shared with them or if it is public. You also can install the bundle in other accounts to which you have administrator access. This type of installation is called a push. See Pushing a Bundle to Other Accounts.

NetSuite tracks the details of accounts where each bundle is installed on the Bundle Install Base page. See Viewing Your Bundle Install Base.

Note:

Before you begin creating a bundle, it is recommended that you consider your strategy for deploying it. For explanations of deployment-related terms and recommended deployment methods, see SuiteApp Development Process with SuiteBundler.

Distributing Bundles Through the SuiteApp Marketplace

You can distribute your SuiteApp bundles through the SuiteApp Marketplace. The information for a SuiteApp listing on the SuiteApp Marketplace is synchronized from the Advanced Partner Center (APC) record, and includes graphics, overview, features, and publisher information. The First Released date is also listed. For more information about the SuiteApp Marketplace, see SuiteApp Marketplace.

SuiteApp bundles are distributed through the SuiteApp Marketplace when they meet the following requirements:

  • The Advanced Partner Center (APC) record for the SuiteApp has completed the listing review and been approved.

    The APC record provides the information displayed to your users in the SuiteApp listing. To find out how to complete a listing review, contact SDN. For more information about the Advanced Partner Center role, see The Advanced Partner Center.

  • The primary bundle ID in the APC record refers to an existing bundle.

    Note:

    Secondary and tertiary bundle IDs are not used for the SuiteApp Marketplace listing. If the primary bundle ID is not set in the APC record, the SuiteApp bundle is not listed in the SuiteApp Marketplace, even when the SuiteApp is listed on SuiteApp.com.

  • A Built for NetSuite (BFN) review has been completed.

    To find out how to complete a BFN review, see Built for NetSuite Overview and BFN Verification Process.

Important:

Although your users can view SuiteApp bundles on the SuiteApp Marketplace, they must install them from the Bundle Details page. When viewing the SuiteApp listing for your SuiteApp bundle, users can click View SuiteApp to view and install it from the Bundle Details page. For more information, see Installing from the SuiteApp Marketplace and Installing a Bundle.

SuiteApp bundles that are distributed through the SuiteApp Marketplace also appear in bundle searches. For information about searching for bundles, see Bundle Searches Overview and Choosing a Bundle to Install.

Giving Users Dashboard Access to a SuiteApp

You can provide target account users with visibility and easy access to your SuiteApps by including a Dashboard SuiteApp portlet script in each of your SuiteApp bundles. This type of script provides a dashboard component for your SuiteApp, a portlet that is available to users from the Personalize Dashboard menu when the bundle is installed in an account. This menu includes a SuiteApps option. A user can click this option to get a quick view of the SuiteApps with a dashboard component that are installed in their account. These SuiteApps are represented by portlet icons in the Personalize Dashboard window. The icon for each SuiteApp is displayed with graphics that support its branding. A user can double-click or drag a SuiteApp portlet’s icon to add a portlet to their dashboard that gives direct access to the SuiteApp.

To add this capability to a SuiteApp, you can create a SuiteScript 2.0 portlet script that provides custom content. You can upload a graphics file to be shown as the icon in the Personalize Dashboard window. On the script deployment record for the new portlet script, you should indicate that the script is designed for a dashboard SuiteApp portlet. And you can indicate the graphics file to be shown for the SuiteApp. For more information, see SuiteScript 2.x Portlet Script Type and Guidelines for Creating a Dashboard SuiteApp Icon.

After you have created the portlet script and edited its script deployment record, you should include the script in your SuiteApp. On the Select Objects page of the Bundle Builder, you can indicate the script should be included in the bundle. The graphics file selected for the icon is automatically included in the bundle with the script. In accounts where the bundle containing the new script is installed, users can add the SuiteApp portlet to their dashboards. For more information, see SuiteApp Portlets.

Important:

Be aware that changes to an icon associated with a dashboard SuiteApp portlet are always copied during a bundle update. This overwrite of the icon in the target account occurs even if the bundle preference is set to prevent the update of script deployments.

Related Topics

SuiteBundler Overview
SuiteApp Installation and Update
Types of Bundles
Creating a Bundle with the Bundle Builder
Managed Bundles Overview
Saved Bundles
Setting Up SuiteCloud IDE Plug-in for Eclipse
Installing and Setting Up SuiteCloud IDE Plug-in for Eclipse
SuiteApp Development Process with SuiteBundler
SuiteApps and Sandbox Accounts
SuiteBundler Pages
Custom Transaction Types in Bundles
Adding a Custom Segment to a Bundle

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