I remember having the problem awhile ago but I cannot find the solution again using Google etc. So I thought I'd post on here.

I'm trying to add a module so that it can be selected in the instance creation wizard. I can select from many other modules including WFFM.

But I cannot see Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA) when I place it in the repository directory or select it to be added during the process which prompts "Selected file is not a Sitecore module package".

I'm downloading SXA v1.2 from https://dev.sitecore.net/Downloads/Sitecore_Experience_Accelerator/12/Sitecore_Experience_Accelerator_12_Initial_Release.aspx.

The package contents look correct but I cannot remember what typically breaks these packages for SIM. I'm sure it was something simple :)

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    There are two steps when you can add additional packages/modules: Modules list and Custom Packages. Have you tried the second one? Jan 18, 2017 at 6:58

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When you download the package the default filenames for SXA are Sitecore Experience Accelerator 1.2 rev. 161216 for 8.1.zip and Sitecore Experience Accelerator 1.2 rev. 161216 for 8.2.zip.

Rename the file removing everything after the revision number and it will then show up in the Modules list, i.e. rename the file to Sitecore Experience Accelerator 1.2 rev. 161216.zip

SIM Module List

  • Cheers Kam that's got it! Is this true for any module the suffixes the module name?
    – Adamsimsy
    Jan 19, 2017 at 11:00
  • As far as I know, yes. My assumption is that it expects the filename in a specific format in order to then group the modules and populate the version/revision droplist. SIM is open source and the code on Github if you wish to investigate further,
    – jammykam
    Jan 19, 2017 at 13:12
  • Good suggestion. I'll checkout the code. Cheers buddy!
    – Adamsimsy
    Jan 21, 2017 at 1:36

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