Submitting an application to the Firefox Marketplace

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The Firefox OS Marketplace provides infrastructure for developers to offer apps to end users.

The Firefox OS Marketplace site does not currently work when accessed from iPhones. To be notified when iPhone support is added, please sign up for the Open Web Apps Developer Newsletter.

What you need

Before submitting your app, you need the following:

Quick start

Are you ready to submit your app right now? Submit an app

If you need more help, follow the steps below.

Steps

Submitting an app to the Firefox OS Marketplace involves the following high-level steps:

  1. Log in to the Firefox OS Marketplace site.
  2. Enter information about the app.
  3. Optionally, set pricing, payment, and refund options.

Log in to the Firefox Marketplace site

  1. In a Web browser, visit the Firefox Marketplace site.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click Developer Hub.
  3. Click the Login/Register link at the top of the page. A login window opens.
  4. Login with Mozilla Persona:
    • If you've previously used Persona, select the email address for the identity you want to use, and click sign in.
    • If you haven't used Persona, or you want to use a different email address, you need to create an account.

    The Persona window closes, and you are logged in to the Marketplace Developer Hub.

Enter information about the app

  1. Click the Submit An App button.
  2. Review the Developer Agreement and click Agree and Continue.
  3. Choose whether your app will be Free or Paid.
  4. Select the devices which your app is compatible with.
  5. Provide the location of your app
    1. If your app is a web app, enter the location on your server of the app manifest for your app (this must be a full URL), and click Validate.
      • If the app manifest validates, click Continue.
      • If there are validation errors, correct them and revalidate the manifest.
    2. If your app is a packaged app, click the Packaged tab and select the ZIP file that you wish to upload.
      • The package will upload automatically. If your app validates, click Continue.
      • If there are validation errors, correct them and re-upload your package.
  6. Add the required details for your app's detail page, and any other details you want to add, and click Continue. Note that the required fields are the brief summary, categories, privacy policy, device types, and a screenshot. But a homepage, support site, and support email are highly recommended. The multi-line text fields support HTML, so you can structure and link the text.

If you are charging money for your app or for items within your app, continue to the next section. If you are distributing your app for free, skip to After you submit the app.

Set pricing, payment, and refund options

{{MarketplaceStatus()}}

After you submit the app

Before your app is made available to the public, it goes through a review process to ensure that it is of high quality and not malicious. The following documents describe the review criteria and process:

{{ Note("Apps submitted to the Firefox OS Marketplace are in 'Review Pending' state. They will be reviewed prior to the consumer beta of the Firefox OS Marketplace (expected Q4 2012).") }}

  • Submissions
  • Review process

You can use the Manage Status page for your app to its status in the review process, and to Disable App (hides it from users) or Delete App (removes it from the Firefox OS Marketplace).

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<p>The Firefox OS Marketplace provides infrastructure for developers to offer apps to end users.</p>
<p class="note">The Firefox OS Marketplace site does not currently work when accessed from iPhones. To be notified when iPhone support is added, please <a href="/en-US/apps">sign up for the Open Web Apps Developer Newsletter</a>.</p>
<h2 id="What_you_need">What you need</h2>
<p>Before submitting your app, you need the following:</p>
<ul>
  <li>A manifest file for your app. See <a href="/en-US/docs/Apps/Manifest">App Manifest</a> for information.</li>
  <li>Web hosting for the app (the Firefox OS Marketplace does not host apps). See <a href="/en-US/docs/Apps/Tutorials/General/Publishing_the_app">Publishing the app</a> for more information.</li>
  <li>Read and understand the <a href="/en-US/docs/Apps/Marketplace_review_criteria">Marketplace review criteria</a>.</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="Quick_start">Quick start</h2>
<p>Are you ready to submit your app right now? <a class="button-mdn" href="https://marketplace.mozilla.org/developers/submit/app/">Submit an app</a></p>
<p>If you need more help, follow the steps below.</p>
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<h2 id="Steps">Steps</h2>
<p class="note">Submitting an app to the Firefox OS Marketplace involves the following high-level steps:</p>
<ol>
  <li>Log in to the Firefox OS Marketplace site.</li>
  <li>Enter information about the app.</li>
  <li>Optionally, set pricing, payment, and refund options.</li>
</ol>
<h3 id="Log_in_to_the_Firefox_OS_Marketplace_site">Log in to the Firefox Marketplace site</h3>
<ol>
  <li>In a Web browser, visit the Firefox Marketplace site.</li>
  <li>At the bottom of the page, click <strong>Developer Hub</strong>.</li>
  <li>Click the <strong>Login/Register</strong> link at the top of the page. A login window opens.</li>
  <li>Login with Mozilla Persona:
    <ul>
      <li>If you've previously used Persona, select the email address for the identity you want to use, and click <strong>sign in</strong>.</li>
      <li>If you haven't used Persona, or you want to use a different email address, you need to <a class="link-https" href="https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/what-is-persona-and-how-does-it-work">create an account</a>.</li>
    </ul>
    <p>The Persona window closes, and you are logged in to the Marketplace Developer Hub.</p>
  </li>
</ol>
<h3 id="Enter_information_about_the_app">Enter information about the app</h3>
<ol>
  <li>Click the <strong>Submit An App</strong> button.</li>
  <li>Review the Developer Agreement and click <strong>Agree and Continue</strong>.</li>
  <li>Choose whether your app will be <strong>Free</strong> or <strong>Paid</strong>.</li>
  <li>Select the devices which your app is compatible with.</li>
  <li>Provide the location of your app
    <ol>
      <li>If your app is a web app, enter the location on your server of the <a href="/en-US/docs/Apps/Manifest">app manifest</a> for your app (this must be a full URL), and click <strong>Validate</strong>.
        <ul>
          <li>If the app manifest validates, click <strong>Continue</strong>.</li>
          <li>If there are validation errors, correct them and revalidate the manifest.</li>
        </ul>
      </li>
      <li>If your app is a packaged app, click the <strong>Packaged</strong> tab and select the ZIP file that you wish to upload.
        <ul>
          <li>The package will upload automatically. If your app validates, click <strong>Continue</strong>.</li>
          <li>If there are validation errors, correct them and re-upload your package.</li>
        </ul>
      </li>
    </ol>
  </li>
  <li>Add the required details for your app's detail page, and any other details you want to add, and click <strong>Continue</strong>. Note that the required fields are the <strong>brief summary</strong>, <strong>categories</strong>, <strong>privacy policy</strong>, <strong>device types</strong>, and a <strong>screenshot</strong>. But a homepage, support site, and support email are highly recommended. The multi-line text fields support HTML, so you can structure and link the text.</li>
</ol>
<p class="note">If you are charging money for your app or for items within your app, continue to the next section. If you are distributing your app for free, skip to <a href="#After_you_submit_the_app">After you submit the app</a>.</p>
<h3 id="Set_pricing.2C_payment.2C_and_refund_options">Set pricing, payment, and refund options</h3>
<p>{{MarketplaceStatus()}}</p>
<!--
<p>The Mozilla Marketplace uses <a class="external" href="http://paypal.com">PayPal</a> to process payment transactions for apps. You must have a PayPal Premium or Business account in order to sell apps in the Mozilla Marketplace.</p>
<ol>
  <li>If you selected <strong>Premium</strong> or <strong>Premium with in-app payments</strong>, select a tier for the <strong>App price</strong>. Tier prices are shown in US dollars. Prices in other currencies are set automatically based on the tier. <a href="/en-US/docs/Apps/Marketplace_Payments#Price_tiers">Learn more about price tiers.</a></li>
  <li>Answer <strong>When should your app be made available for sale?</strong> by selecting one of the options, and click <strong>Continue</strong>.</li>
  <li>Select to indicate whether you have a PayPal Premier or Business account.
    <ul>
      <li>If you select <strong>No</strong> and click <strong>Continue</strong>, you are taken to PayPal to set up an account. Once you have completed the PayPal sign-up process, use your browser's history to return to the App Payments page, select <strong>Yes</strong>, and then click <strong>Continue</strong>.</li>
      <li>If you select <strong>Yes</strong>, you are prompted for your PayPal email address. Enter it and click <strong>Continue</strong>.</li>
      <li>If you select <strong>I'll link my PayPal account later</strong>, click <strong>Continue</strong> and skip to <a href="#After_you_submit_the_app">After you submit the app</a>.</li>
    </ul>
  </li>
  <li>From the final page of the app submission process, you can click:
    <ul>
      <li><strong>Manage My App</strong> for the app you just submitted. This takes you to the <strong>Edit Listing</strong> page, where you can change the details for your app.</li>
      <li><strong>Submit Another App</strong> to start this procedure for another app.</li>
    </ul>
  </li>
</ol>
-->
<h2 id="After_you_submit_the_app">After you submit the app</h2>
<p>Before your app is made available to the public, it goes through a review process to ensure that it is of high quality and not malicious. The following documents describe the review criteria and process:</p>
<p>{{ Note("Apps submitted to the Firefox OS Marketplace are in 'Review Pending' state. They will be reviewed prior to the consumer beta of the Firefox OS Marketplace (expected Q4 2012).") }}</p>
<ul>
  <li><span class="external">Submissions</span></li>
  <li><span class="external">Review process</span></li>
</ul>
<p>You can use the <strong>Manage Status</strong> page for your app to its status in the review process, and to <strong>Disable App</strong> (hides it from users) or <strong>Delete App</strong> (removes it from the Firefox OS Marketplace).</p>
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