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Create apps from groups

You can create a web app by putting a shared group into a configurable app. These group-based apps display the items in a group and related details about the group, such as the name and description. Each configurable app offers different options for customizing the appearance and behavior of your app. Some display the maps, scenes, and apps in the group. Others display maps only. They are sometimes called gallery apps since they display the collection of items in a group. Once you have found a configurable app you like, publish your app to ArcGIS Online. You need privileges to create content in order to publish your app to ArcGIS Online. As an alternative, you can download an app and deploy it to your organization's web server.

Any changes made to the group or items in the group are reflected in the app. If an item that was public or shared with the group is made private or is deleted, the item no longer appears in the app. To share your app with another organization or the public, the group and all the items in the group need to be shared publicly. If the group is private, only group members who sign in to the website will be able to see items in the app. If you are the group owner and want to share the app with the widest audience, consider making the group and its items available to everyone (public).

Create an app starting from a group page

To create an app starting from a group page, follow the steps below.

  1. Verify that you are signed in and have privileges to create and share content.
  2. Open the group you want to use to create an app.
  3. On the Overview tab, click Share and click Create A Web App.
  4. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create Web App button.
  5. Click Create Web App to start configuring your app.
  6. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app and, optionally, select a different folder in My Content to save the app.
  7. 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.)

  8. Change any configurable components in the app.
    Note:

    Your organization may have specified brand colors or a logo to apply to supported configurable web apps created by members of your organization. When you create a configurable app that supports these Shared Theme settings, the specified settings will be applied instead of the default theme of the app.

  9. Click Save to save your changes and click Done when you are done configuring your app.

Create an app starting from the gallery page

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

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. Click Gallery, click Esri Featured Content, click Apps, and click Configurable Apps.

    The group-based apps have a group icon Group icon on the thumbnail.

  3. To see a description of the app, hover over the thumbnail.
  4. To see a preview of the app with a sample group, hover over the thumbnail, click Open, and click View Application.
  5. To start creating an app, hover over the thumbnail, click Details, and click Create A Web App.
  6. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, optionally, select a different folder in My Content to save your app.
  7. 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.)

  8. Optionally select a group to use and configure any other components of the app.
    Note:

    Your organization may have specified brand colors or a logo to apply to supported configurable web apps created by members of your organization. When you create a configurable app that supports these Shared Theme settings, the specified settings will be applied instead of the default theme of the app.

  9. Click Save to save your changes and click Done when you are done configuring your app.

Create an app starting from the content page

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

  1. Verify that you are signed in with privileges to create content.
  2. From the My Content tab of the content page, click Create, and hover over App.
  3. To use a configurable app, click Using a Template and do the following:

    The group-based apps have a group icon Group icon on the thumbnail.

    1. Click a thumbnail to see a description of the app and access the Create App button.
    2. Click Create App to start configuring your app.
    3. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app and, optionally, select a different folder in My Content to save the app.
    4. 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.)

    5. Optionally select a group to use and configure any other components of the app.
      Note:

      Your organization may have specified brand colors or a logo to apply to supported configurable web apps created by members of your organization. When you create a configurable app that supports these Shared Theme settings, the specified settings will be applied instead of the default theme of the app.

    6. Click Save to save your changes and click Done when you are done configuring your app.