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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. Choose a configurable app or open Web AppBuilder from Map Viewer, the Gallery, My Content, or the item page. Then 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 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.

Tip:

If you want to share an app publicly that contains subscriber content, you can configure it to allow access to the content through your organizational subscription. Your subscription will incur any credit costs. This is an optional setting built into the configurable apps.

Create an app starting from Map Viewer

To create an app starting from 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 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. Optionally change the components of the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items. Click Save when you are done configuring 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.

  5. To use Web AppBuilder, do the following:
    1. Click the Web AppBuilder tab.
      Note:

      Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account. You will not see the tab if you are signed in with a public account.

    2. Type a title, tags, and summary for your app.
    3. Choose 2D.
    4. Choose the folder in which 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 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, 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, optionally, 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 click 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.
      Note:

      Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account. You will not see the thumbnail if you are signed in with a public account.

    2. Click Create A Web App.
    3. Choose 2D.
    4. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, optionally, 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 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:
    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, optionally, 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 components in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
      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.

    8. Click Save to save your changes and click Close when you are finished configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Using the Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    Note:

    Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account.

    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, optionally, 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 the item page

To create an app starting from the item page of a map, 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, open the item page 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, optionally, 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 components in the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items.
      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.

    7. Click Save to save your changes and click Close when you are finished configuring your app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Create App > Using the Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    Note:

    Web AppBuilder requires an organizational account.

    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary and, optionally, select a different folder to save your app.
    2. Click OK to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.