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SharePoint 2013 SDK

The SharePoint 2013 software development kit (SDK) contains conceptual overviews, how-tos, code samples, and references to guide you in developing solutions based on SharePoint 2013.
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      The SharePoint 2013 software development kit (SDK) includes documentation and code samples for SharePoint Foundation 2013; for SharePoint Server 2013, which builds upon the SharePoint Foundation 2013 infrastructure; and for SharePoint Online. The documentation includes detailed descriptions of the technologies that SharePoint provides for developers, reference documentation for the server and client object models, and step-by-step procedures for using these technologies and object models and programming with them. This SDK also includes best practices and setup guidance to help you get started with your own custom applications that build on and extend SharePoint.

      For more information, visit the SharePoint Developer Center on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN): Visit frequently to learn about recently published content; to view essential getting-started content; to view videos and screencasts; to get connected to instructor-led training and other learning resources; and to find community resources such as MSDN forums, newsgroups, MVP blogs, and much more.

      The SDK also includes many code samples that address common customization scenarios and solution building blocks. Check MSDN Developer Code Samples for other SharePoint solutions and code samples.
  • Supported Operating System

    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3

      • The SDK does not require additional applications to install the files. However, to open the documentation, you must have Document Explorer 2005 installed, which you probably do if you have Visual Studio installed. If you do not, the setup program for the SDK provides a link from which you can download Document Explorer.
      • To use the code samples, we recommend that you also install the following applications on the same computer where the package is installed:
        • Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2008, or Visual Studio 2005 to open and compile the sample projects
        • SharePoint Foundation 2013
        • SharePoint Server 2013
        • Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Redistributable Package
      • For more information and detailed setup instructions for developing with SharePoint 2013, read Start: Set up the development environment for SharePoint 2013 in the SharePoint 2013 SDK.
    • To install this download
      1. Uninstall previous versions of the SharePoint 2013 SDK before you install this download.
      2. Download the setup program by choosing the Download button and saving the file to your hard disk drive.
      3. Open the SharePoint2013SDK.msi program file on your hard disk drive to start the setup program.
      4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

      The default installation directory is %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft SDKs\SharePoint 2013 SDK\.

      To launch the Welcome page:
        In Windows 8:
        • On the Apps screen, in the Microsoft SDKs section, choose SharePoint 2013 SDK Welcome Guide.
        In Windows 7:
        1. Choose Start, All Programs.
        2. Choose Microsoft SDKs, SharePoint 2013 SDK, SharePoint 2013 SDK Welcome Guide.

      To remove this download
      • To remove the download file, delete SharePoint2013SDK.msi.
      • To remove the installed files, open Control Panel, and then choose Programs and Features. Choose Microsoft SharePoint 2013 SDK, and then choose the Uninstall button.
    • This package does not collect any personal information.