How to Create a Jotform App From Scratch and Publish It

August 16, 2023

Jotform Apps allows you to create mobile apps without coding. Create apps with Jotform App Builder to store all of your forms in one place and easily share them with others.

How to Create an App

There are a couple of ways to create an app. You can find the Create App button in My Apps, My Forms, and Form Builder.

Creating an app in My Apps

My Apps is where all of your apps are listed. You can take various actions here such as viewing, editing, deleting, renaming, and sharing apps.

To create an app

  1. Go to My Apps.
  2. Select Create App in the upper-left corner.
The Create App button in Jotform Apps

You can also access My Apps from the quick access menu in My Forms.

Creating an app in My Forms

In My Forms, you can create an app using the top toolbar or via the form’s menu:

  1. Go to My Forms and choose a form.
  2. Open Apps at the top, then select Create New App.
Steps to create an app from My Forms
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The same effect can be achieved by selecting Create an App from the form’s More menu. You can also create an app containing multiple forms.

Creating an app in Form Builder

To quickly create an app while editing your form

  1. In the Form Builder, go to Publish at the top.
  2. Select Create App at the bottom.
Steps to create an app from Jotform Form Builder

Once you’re in the app builder, you can start customizing your app by adding elements and widgets to it. To learn more, see Adding New Sections.

How to Publish an App

Jotform Apps has different options for sharing your app. You can share your apps via a link, by sending email invitations, via a QR code, or by embedding them into your website. You can even share your apps on social media to meet your users where they’re at.

All the sharing options can be found in the Publish tab of the App Builder.

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To learn more, see Embedding Apps.

Access settings

An app can require login or signup based on its access settings: public, private, or company access.

To change the access settings

  1. In the App Builder, go to Publish at the top.
  2. Select Settings.
Steps to access Settings in Jotform App Builder
  1. In the Settings dialog, choose an option based on your needs.

Public Access. All apps are public by default. They can be used without any login or signup.

Steps to set an app to public in Jotform App Buidler

Public apps have an additional setting that allows users to access their submissions. This setting is enabled by default and shows the login or signup options in the app. If enabled, logged-in users can see their previous submissions or drafts made through the app.

Private Access. App users need to have a Jotform account to use a private app.

Steps to set an app to private in Jotform App Builder

Since all app users will be logged in while using the app, they can always see their previous submissions and drafts through the app. You can also set a custom expiration date for the share link to prevent users from accessing the app after a specific date.

Company Access. Similar to Private Access, apps set to Company Access require login or signup.

Steps to set an app exclusive to an organization in Jotfrom App Builder

Users must have an email address with the organization’s email domain or be able to log in and use the app.

To Require SSO, see Jotform Enterprise.

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