FAQ

Frequently asked questions.

Pricing FAQ

Pricing FAQ can be found here.

What is Appery.io?

Appery.io is a cloud-based platform that provides UI development tools and integrated backend services. Check out What is Appery.io? for more information.

Do I need to download anything?

No, the platform is cloud-based. There is nothing to download, install, or configure.

What’s the technology stack behind Appery.io?

It’s very simple. The resulting app is built with Ionic/jQuery Mobile/Bootstrap, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and PhoneGap (if exporting as hybrid or using native device features).
Please also see What is an Appery.io app?. Pretty standard stuff.

Do I need to know how to code?

To build the app UI using just the visual builder, you don’t necessarily need to have coding experience. If you want to add API services to your app, customize the app with JavaScript, and customize the look and feel with CSS, you need to have good knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, ​and CSS. It is also beneficial if you know how to debug your app.

Is the app running on Appery.io?

Not really. The app part (UI), if you build a mobile web app, runs in the browser. If you build a native (hybrid) app, the app goes to the app store and is then installed on the device. If you use Appery.io backend services, then the app is talking to our API backend or any other API backend you decide to use.

What kind of apps can I build with Appery.io?

Appery.io uses HTML/JS/CSS and PhoneGap (Apache Cordova) to create the app. If the app you are trying to build can be created using these technologies, then you can also build this app in Appery.io. Keep in mind that Appery.io provides cloud-based tooling to create the app, you, as a developer can build anything you want (supported by the technologies listed above and the browser/WebView). You can code any app logic you want. Here is a good post on what kind of apps you can build with Appery.io: What kind of apps you can build with Appery.io. Here is another good post on this topic: Can I Build [insert type] App With Appery.io?

Does your platform support ABC or can I do XYX with it?

The simple answer is yes. The app that you are building is a mobile web app or hybrid app and it’s going to run inside a browser or inside a WebView. You can always write JavaScript, add any 3rd party JavaScript libraries, manipulate the DOM, etc., and add any custom functionality.

Can I connect my app to <insert_service_name> API?

Yes. When building an app in Appery.io, you can connect to any API that’s available on the Internet. The steps are the same no matter what API you want to use. Please read Using APIs in an App.

Which UI framework should I use?

In most cases, it’s possible to get similar results with both frameworks.
There are no limitations if we are talking about frameworks in our platform, both JQM and Ionic can be used for building a PWA.
So, it's up to you to consider the pros and cons of both and make your personal decision.

Ionic 4/5

Use Ionic 4/5 to build hybrid and mobile web apps. Ionic 4/5 apps generally perform and look better than jQuery Mobile hybrid apps. Requires knowledge of TypeScript and Angular.

Note that you are free to not only create separate Ionic 4 and Ionic 5 apps but also migrate your Ionic 4 project(s) to their Ionic 5 version while keeping both apps active. You can visit this page for more details.

jQuery Mobile

Use jQuery Mobile to build hybrid and mobile web apps. Basics of JavaScript knowledge is optional but helpful for more complex apps.

Note that if you are new to mobile development, going with jQuery Mobile is recommended as the learning curve is smaller.

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Important Note on Ionic/Bootstrap Apps!

Note that we removed the option of creating new apps with the Ionic and Bootstrap frameworks but still support the projects that were created with them earlier.

What is the difference between Appery.io and PhoneGap (Apache Cordova)?
Read here.

Can I use device APIs such as GPS in my app?

Yes, Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) is available in every app and provides access to device APIs.

How do I connect to a database or mobile backend?

Appery.io backend services provide a database and a mobile backend. You can also use any other service that’s exposed via REST APIs.

I have this really cool API I want to use. Can I use it in Appery.io?

Yes, you can use any REST API. Keep in mind that Appery.io is just the builder ​or the IDE so it doesn’t limit you to what API you can use.

Can I use a service that requires OAuth?

Yes. The app that you build in Appery.io can use a service that requires OAuth authentication.

Can I customize the app's look and feel?

Yes, as you always starting with HTML mobile app, there are a number of ways to customize the look and feel of an app:

  • Appery.io provides UI themes out-of-the-box.
  • You can create any number of custom UI themes.
  • Customize any UI elements with CSS.

Can I connect to a MySQL or any other database?

Yes. With API Express you can connect to an external database and expose it via REST APIs.

Can I sell apps I created with Appery.io?

Yes.

How do I publish my app to the App Store or Google Play?

Once you build and export your app, follow the steps from each app store for publishing the app.

Why can't I import my database?

Possible issues:

  • You have exceeded the object size limit (256kB).
  • One of the collections in a database has unique indexes by the "CreatedAt" field.

OK, I still have questions.

Use our forum or email us.