Add-ons require authorization from the user before they can operate. This is true of both published add-ons you installed from the G Suite Marketplace and add-ons you are developing yourself.
Authorizing published add-ons
After you install a published add-on, the authorization flow begins immediately:
- You are prompted to Choose an account install the add-on to.
- You are then presented with the list of authorizations the add-on requires to operate, so that you know what it attempts to do. Review this list carefully, and if you still wish to grant authorization, click Allow. This enables the add-on for use.
- You can now run it from the host application it extends. If the application was already open in a browser tab, you may need to refresh the tab before the add-on becomes available.
If the add-on you've installed is later updated and requires additional authorizations you have not yet granted, you are prompted to provide those permissions the next time you use the add-on.
Authorizing unpublished G Suite add-ons
Unpublished add-ons don't have the same authorization flow as published add-ons because they aren't listed in the G Suite Marketplace yet. After installing an unpublished add-on, you aren't immediately asked to authorize. Instead, the authorization flow starts when you first attempt to use the add-on.
When an add-on is run, it determines if any user authorization is needed. If authorization is necessary, the add-on presents an authorization card. Authorization is always required the first time an add-on executes, and may also be required if a new version of the add-on uses a service not previously authorized. The Authorize Access button provides a dialog window for the user to Allow or Deny authorization for the add-on.
Authorizing non-Google services for a G Suite add-on
It's possible for a G Suite add-on to connect to a third-party service that itself requires authorization. G Suite add-ons that connect to such services require two separate actions from the user:
- Authorization of the add-on itself when the add-on is installed or first started.
- Authorization of the non-Google service when it is first accessed.
If a G Suite add-on you are developing needs to access a non-Google service using OAuth, you must configure the connection for that service when building the add-on.
When authorization of a non-Google service is required, the G Suite add-on presents the user with an authorization prompt card for that service. You can customize this authorization prompt if you wish, or use the default card.
For more details, please refer to the Connecting to non-Google services guide.
Authorizing unpublished editor add-ons
It's a best practice to test editor add-ons as you develop them. The authorization flow is identical to that for published add-ons, except that the flow starts when you first attempt to test the add-on. If you later retest the same add-on, you aren't prompted for authorization again.
When developing add-ons, it can be useful to unauthorize them so you can retest the authorization flow.
You can unauthorize an add-on by doing the following:
- Open your account security console.
- Locate and click the add-on you wish to unauthorize.
- Click REMOVE ACCESS.
When you run the add-on again after unauthorizing it, the authorization flow is presented again.