How to Create a Jotform App from Scratch and Publish It

January 13, 2022

Creating an app

There are a couple of ways to create an app.

Form Builder

In the Publish tab of the Form Builder, there’s a Create App section where you can quickly create a new app using the active form.

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It’s possible to create multiple apps with one form. This section shows the apps that contain the active form and gives you the option to create a new app.

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My Forms

  1. Go to the My Forms page.
  2. Select the form.
  3. Expand the Apps menu.
  4. Click on the Create New App button.
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Alternatively, you can use the Create an App option under the Publish section of the form’s More menu.

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Additional options will be shown if there are any apps that contain the selected form.

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Since Jotform’s apps can contain multiple forms, it’s possible to select multiple forms on the My Forms page and create a new app that contains the selected forms. Just click on the Create a New App button in the toolbar at the top of the page after selecting the forms you want to include.

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My Apps

This is where all of your apps are listed. App owners can take various actions on the My Apps page, such as viewing, editing, deleting, renaming, and sharing apps.

You can access the My Apps page using the quick access menu found in the upper left corner of the My Forms page.

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To create an app, go to the My Apps page, and click on the Create App button.

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Publishing an app

Jotform Apps has different options for sharing an app. All the settings can be found in the Publish tab of the Jotform App Builder.

You can share your apps (1) via a link, (2) by sending invitation emails, or (3) via a QR code.

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QR code

You can download the QR code and share it with your audience. Anyone who scans the QR code with their mobile device can access the app.

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

Access settings

Public apps

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

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 apps

You can change the access settings of an app to private.

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App users need to have a Jotform account to use a private app. Since all app users will be logged in while using the app, they can always see their previous submissions and drafts through the app.

To prevent users from accessing the app after a specific date, set an expiration date for the share link on private apps.

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Company access apps

Similar to private apps, apps set to company access require login/signup. Users must have an email address with the organization’s email domain or be able to log in via SSO.

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Please note that the SSO option is available only for Enterprise users.

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