I have a managed release package at version v1. I added a new tab in version v2 and upgraded the package. After installation of this upgraded package, the new tab is not visible for the app. I checked my custom app and see that the new tab is not included in the list of included-tabs. However, when I created the upgrade package, I had added it to the App.

To make the tab visible, I had to manually include the tab in the test-org.

Does this mean if I add a new tab during upgrade, all the subscribers would have to manually include the tab in their respective orgs? Is this the desired behavior? Am I missing something?


Applications are now upgradeable as part of a package upgrade. It is always important that you check the documentation to ensure that you have the most recent information on packaging behavior before making any assumptions.

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That's correct. System administrators can customize the app after installation, so the system will not upgrade the app because it may override any customizations the system administrators may have made. There are a few elements like that, such as page layouts, list views, and email templates. See Components Available in Managed Packages for a full list of objects. The first column next to the component type will say "Yes" if the component is updated during upgrades, or "No" if not.

  • @sfdcfox but Application says Yes in the first column, am I looking at the wrong listing? – Phil B Nov 28 '18 at 21:49
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    @PhilB This answer was correct at the time. See this link. – sfdcfox Nov 28 '18 at 23:24
  • @PhilB Also, you might want to check/test this to be sure. There have been a number of ... interesting documentation bugs recently. – sfdcfox Nov 28 '18 at 23:27
  • @sfdcfox the functionality appears to be the same, adding a tab to the packaged app does not come through in upgrades, curious that the documentation does not reflect that anymore. – Phil B Nov 29 '18 at 14:49
  • @PhilB So... another documentation bug, maybe? Perhaps someone needs to open a case with support? – sfdcfox Nov 29 '18 at 14:50

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