Create apps from maps

You can create a web app with a map by using a configurable app or Web AppBuilder. Different configurable apps and Web AppBuilder offer various bits of functionality, such as different layouts and color schemes, editing and identify tools, social media feeds, side-by-side map viewers, and so on. Once you have found an app you like or opened Web AppBuilder, starting from the map viewer, gallery, My Content, or the item details, configure the components and publish the app. As an alternative, you can download a template and deploy it to your organization's web server.

Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account.

A published web app is based on a map authored with the map viewer. Any changes the author makes to the map, including its extent, layers, description, and so on, are reflected in the web app. If a map that was available to everyone in the organization is made private (or deleted), the map no longer appears in the app.

Create an app starting from the map viewer

To create an app starting from the map viewer, follow the steps below.

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create and share content.
  2. Open a saved map in the map viewer and click Share.
  3. Click Create A Web App. The Share pop-up opens with two tabs: Configurable Apps and Web AppBuilder.
  4. To use a configurable app, click the Configurable Apps tab and do the following:
    1. Choose what you want the app to do. By default, all apps are shown, but you can use the filters in the panel to narrow your search.
    2. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create App button.
    3. Click Create App to start configuring your app.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app and choose the folder in which to save the app.
    5. If you want to immediately share this app, click Share this app in the same way as the map. If you do not check this, you'll need to specify how to share the app from My Content.
    6. Click Done to publish the app.
    7. Change the components of the app you want, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items. Click Save when you are done configuring the app.
  5. To use Web AppBuilder, do the following:
    1. Click the Web AppBuilder tab.
    2. Type a title, tags, and summary for your app.
    3. Choose 2D.
    4. Choose in which folder the app will be saved.
    5. Choose whether to apply the same sharing properties to the app as you have on the map.
    6. Click Get Started to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.

Create an app starting from the gallery

To create an app starting from the gallery, follow the steps below.

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. Click Gallery, click Esri Featured Content, and click Apps.
  3. To use a configurable app, do the following:
    1. Click Configurable Apps.
    2. To see a preview of the app with a sample map, hover over the thumbnail and click Open and View Application.
    3. To start creating an app, hover over the thumbnail, click Details, and click Create A Web App.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, if you want, select a different folder in My Content to save your app.
    5. Click Done. Your app is published to ArcGIS Online and an unshared item is added to My Content. (To make your app accessible to others, you need to share it.)
    6. Select a map to use in the app and click OK.
    7. Change any other configurable components in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
    8. Click Save to save your changes and Done when you are done configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, do the following:
    1. Click App Builders and click the Web AppBuilder thumbnail.
    2. Click Create A Web App.
    3. Choose 2D.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, if you want, select a different folder in My Content to save your app.
    5. Click OK to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.

Create an app starting from My Content

To create an app starting from My Content, follow the steps below.

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. Click My Content, click Create, and hover over App.
  3. To use a configurable app, click Using a Template and do the following:
    1. Choose a configurable app. By default, all apps are shown, but you can use the filters in the panel to narrow your search.
    2. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create App button.
    3. Click Create App to start configuring your app.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, if you want, select a different folder to save your app.
    5. Click Done to publish the app. Your app is published to ArcGIS Online and an unshared item is added to My Content. (To make your app accessible to others, you need to share it.)
    6. Choose a map to use in the app and click OK.
    7. Change any other configurable component in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
    8. Click Save to save your changes and Close when you are finished configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Using the Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, if you want, select a different folder to save your app.
    2. Click OK to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.

Create an app starting from item details

To create an app starting from the item details of a map, follow the steps below:

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. From My Content, open the item details of the map you want to use to create an app.
  3. To create a configurable app, click Create App > Using a Template and do the following:
    1. Choose a configurable app. By default, all apps are shown, but you can use the filters in the panel to narrow your search.
    2. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create App button.
    3. Click Create App to start configuring your app.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, if you want, select a different folder to save your app.
    5. Click Done to publish the app. Your app is published to ArcGIS Online and an unshared item is added to My Content. (To make your app accessible to others, you need to share it.)
    6. Change any other configurable component in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
    7. Click Save to save your changes and Close when you are finished configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Create App > Using the Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, if you want, select a different folder to save your app.
    2. Click OK to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.