We're working on our first Salesforce package, and recently switched from creating Beta packages to a Managed Package.

For some reason, the permission set that we're pushing loses the entry in Assigned Apps and I have no idea why. Our custom tabs and objects come through just fine. The App is installed as part of the package, and is visible to System Administrators. I can create a new permission set on our Test Org that includes the package.

Early on in our testing and development, when we were pushing unmanaged or beta packages, I could have sworn that I saw this working correctly.

Am I missing some sort of overriding permissions issue, that prevents our Permission Set from granting access to our Application?

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Unfortunately, App and Tab visibility settings from packaged permission sets do not reflect in the destination org because Assigned Apps and tab visibility settings are not included in permission set components.

This is mentioned in the Packaging Guide. You can vote up for this Idea on IdeaExchange so that this may get considered for a future release.

  • Just voted - c'mon SalesForce!
    – Marc
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 18:59
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    To be accurate - app and tab visibility is supported in permission sets but not in packaging. We're working on adding it in a future release to help alleviate this issue. I'm sorry for the delay supporting packaging. Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 20:41
  • @AdamTorman Any updates on a potential release? About to release a managed package to the AppExchange, and am trying to avoid all the post-installation instructions needed to just get the app running Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 18:04

App and Tab visibility can be managed in a permission set as of Spring '12; however, neither are currently supported in packaging (and only tab settings are supported in the metadata API). As a result, assigned apps as a setting cannot be packaged although they can be manually configured on the permission set post installation.

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    I tried this with a managed package and it doesnt seem to allow me to edit the permission set post-install.
    – Phil B
    Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 20:53

Just an FYI (in case you're not already aware), at the time of writing Permission Sets are only available in Enterprise, Unlimited, and Developer edition orgs.

Thus by using them you are making your package incompatible with Professional Edition. This may not be an issue in your use case but thought I'd flag it just in case.

  • Then what's the recommended way to provide package users with an easy way to give their users access to features in the package? We're new to the Salesforce platform, and got the impression that Permission Sets were the proper way to do it.
    – tomlogic
    Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 22:16
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    While this is great info, it isn't really an answer to the question; as such, I'd recommend using comments for similar messages in the future. ~B
    – Benj
    Commented Sep 16, 2012 at 4:22

I observed the same issue while trying to package permission set for my managed package.

The packaging of permission sets is a little bit tricky :

Permission Sets

You can include permission sets as components in a package, with the following > permissions and access settings:

   Custom object permissions
   Custom field permissions
   Apex class access
   Visualforce page access>

Note Assigned apps and tab settings are not included in permission set components.

I hope SF will support the packaging of "apps & tabs" with them soon.


If you take a close look at your connected app's metadata, you'll notice that when the Permitted Users changes from Admin approved to User approved, all the associated Permission Sets fall off that connected app's metadata (i.e. your <permissionSetName>My Connected App User</permissionSetName> metadata in that connected app is deleted)

The reason Permission Sets don't carry over is because of the root issue that the Permitted Users value is defaulting to User Approved when installing/upgrading a managed package.

I haven't seen this fix the managed package install issue, but there is new attribute in API v46.0 called isAdminApproved, whereby true mean's your Permitted Users setting is set to Admin approved. See the ConnectedApp Metadata Documentation to see the new attribute.


Check and make sure they are part of the included components for the managed package.

If you can create the permission set, your org is not in an addition that doesn't allow fieldsets, so that's probably not the problem.

  • The App is definitely part of the package -- System Administrators in the Test Org have access to it, and I can add it to a new permission set in the Test Org.
    – tomlogic
    Commented Sep 11, 2012 at 0:21

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