About Group publishing

Group publishing lets you share the ownership of your items in the Chrome Web Store. With group publishing, an owner/publisher can add multiple developers to a Google Group, and those developers can act on behalf of the publisher.

Note:Members of the linked Google Group have full access to all items owned by the publisher and can perform any action on published items that an individual owner would normally be able to do.

Set up Group Publishing

Creating a Group Publisher is not reversible: a new Group Publisher is created and the Google Group you select is permanently linked to that Group Publisher. You will not be able to change which group is linked to that publisher or unlink the group after you perform this step. You still retain your personal publishing account, and will have the ability to choose which account you want to use to publish items in the store.

To set up group publishing:

  1. Sign in to your Chrome Web Store dashboard page.
  2. If you do not see a drop-down at the top of dashboard page, go directly to step 3. If you do see a drop-down, you have already been added to group publishing by some publisher(s). Select your own account (rather than a publisher account) from the drop-down.
  3. At the bottom of the dashboard page, you'll see one of two links:

    1. "Google Group publishing: Choose existing group or create new group"
      This link is displayed if you are an owner or administrator for one or more Google Groups, and those groups have not already been linked to a publisher.
    2. "Google Group publishing: Create new group"
      This link is displayed if you are not an owner or administrator of any Google Groups, or if all the groups of which you are an owner/administrator have already been linked to a publisher.

    Note: You will only see these links if you have not already set up group publishing for your account.

  4. Choose one of two actions:

    1. Create a new Google Group and link to this new group.
      To do this, click Create new group. The Google Groups page will load in a new tab. Create a new group, reload the Chrome Web Store dashboard page, and then follow step (2) below.
    2. Link to an existing Google Group.
      To do this, click Choose existing group. Select a group from the drop-down list, click OK in the confirmation dialog, and then click Save Changes at the bottom of dashboard page.

      Although you can link to any group in the drop-down list, we advise that you link to a Google Group that you have specifically reserved for group publishing of your items.

After you complete the steps above, a new Group Publisher account is created, the Google Group you selected is linked to the new publisher account, and the group email is used as the new publisher account’s email.

After you set up group publishing:

  • Your dashboard page shows the new publisher account and the linked group.
  • You can add developers to the linked group or remove developers from the group at https://groups.google.com.
  • All members of the linked group can act on behalf of the new publisher account (for example, they can edit items, publish items, edit the publisher's display name, etc.).

Tips

  • You can only set up group publishing once and create one group publisher account.
  • You must be the owner or administrator of a Google Group in order to link the group. The drop-down list on the dashboard page only shows groups that you are a direct member of (for example, if you are a member of Group A and Group A is a member of Group B, you are not a direct member of Group B, and Group B is not shown on the drop-down list).
  • Once you complete the group publishing setup, it may take up to 30 minutes for developers to see the changes.
  • Your domain is the default domain of the new group publisher account. A group publisher can publish items either to the public or to its default domain. A publisher cannot publish to other domains.
  • A developer can act on behalf of multiple publishers if the developer is a member of multiple Google Groups linked to publishers.
  • If a merchant account is needed or is already set up for a publisher, any member developers can choose to re-link their own merchant accounts to the publisher on the dashboard page.
  • When you want to create new store items, you will have the opportunity to choose whether to make them part of your personal publisher account or the group publisher account before you upload the item, as shown here:

Transfer Existing Items to a Group Publisher

Once you set up a Group Publisher account (or once you are included as a member of a Group Publisher), you can transfer your own items to the Group Publisher.

Item ownership transfer is not reversible: Once you transfer your items to a Group Publisher, you will not be able to transfer them back to your individual account.

To transfer items to group publisher:

  1. Sign into your Chrome Web Store dashboard page.
  2. From the publisher selection dropdown at the top of the dashboard page, select the group publisher that you want to transfer your items to. It will load the dashboard page for the selected group publisher.
  3. Select Transfer existing item(s), which is next to the Add new item button. The item transfer page will then load, which lists the items that you own personally, and enables you to transfer any of the items to the Group Publisher you previously selected.
  4. Select the item you want to transfer, and click the Transfer link which is located to the right of the item.
  5. Click Transfer on the confirmation dialog.

After the item is transferred, you will return to the original item transfer page, with the previously-transferred item removed from the list. At the top of the page, there will be a yellow bar which tells you the status of the last item transfer.

Tips

  • If your account is suspended, or if the Group Publisher is suspended, you won't be able to see the Transfer existing items link.
  • If the Group Publisher has reached its published item limit, you won't be able to transfer your published items to this Group Publisher.
  • If the item to be transferred is a paid item and the Group Publisher has not set up its merchant account (i.e. linked to a Google merchant account), the transfer will fail. The merchant account must be set up and linked to the Group Publisher's account prior to initiating the item transfer.