Frequently Asked Questions

  1. OK, so what is Appery.io?

    Appery.io is a cloud-based platform that provides UI development tools and integrated backend services. Please also see What is an Appery.io app?

  2. Do I need to download anything?

    No, the builder is cloud-based. There is nothing to download, install or configure.

  3. What’s the technology stack behind Appery.io?

    It’s very simple. The resulting app is built with jQuery Mobile, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS and PhoneGap (if exporting as hybrid or using native device features). Please also see What is an Appery.io app? Pretty standard stuff.

  4. Do I need to know how to code?

    To build just the app UI using the visual builder, you don’t necessarily need to have coding experience. If you want to add API services to your app, customize the app with JavaScript, and customize the look and feel with CSS, you need to have good knowledge of HTML, JavaScript and CSS. You also should know how to debug your app.

  5. Is the app running on Appery.io?

    Not really. The app part, if you built a mobile web app, runs in the browser. If you build a native (hybrid) app, the app goes to the app store and is then installed on the device. If you use Appery.io backend services, then the app is talking to our API backend or any other API backend you decide to use.

  6. What kind of apps can you build with Appery.io? 

    Read here

  7. Can I build an app that does this, this and this in Appery.io? 

    Appery.io uses HTML/JS/CSS and PhoneGap (Apache Cordova) to create the app. If the app you are trying to build can be created using these technologies, then you can also build this app in Appery.io. Keep in mind that Appery.io provides cloud-based tooling to create the app, you, as a developer can build anything you want (supported by the technologies listed above and the browser/WebView). You can code any app logic you want. Here is a good post on what kind of apps you can build with Appery.io: What kind of apps you can build with Appery.io

  8. Does your platform support ABC or can I do XYX with it?

    The simple answer is yes. The app that you are building is a mobile web app (or hybrid app) and it’s going to run inside a browser. You can always write JavaScript, add any 3rd party JavaScript libraries, manipulate the DOM, etc., and add any custom functionality.

  9. Can I connect my app to <insert_service_name> API?

    Yes. When building an app in Appery.io, you can connect to any API that’s available on the Internet. The steps are the same no matter what API you want to use. First, define a REST service. Second, use the service on a page. Third, invoke the service.

  10. What is the difference between Appery.io and PhoneGap (Apache Cordova)? 

    Read here

  11. Can I use device APIs such as GPS in my app? 

    Yes, Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) is available in every app and provides access to device APIs. Learn more

  12. How do I connect to a database or mobile backend?

    Appery.io backend services provides a database or mobile backend. You can also use any other service that’s exposed via REST APIs.

  13. I have this really cool API I want to use. Can I use it in Appery.io?

    Yes, you can use any REST API. Keep in mind that Appery.io is just the builder, or the IDE so it doesn’t limit you what API you can use.

  14. Where can I see all the methods/properties/APIs supported by Appery.io components?

    Every app you create in Appery.io includes jQuery, jQuery Mobile and Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) libraries. Please visit each site to learn what methods/properties/APIs are available.

  15. Can I use a service that requires oAuth?

    Yes. The app that you build in Appery.io can use a service that requires oAuth authentication.

  16. Can I customize the app's look and feel?

    Yes, as you always starting with HTML mobile app, there are a number of ways to customize the look and feel of an app:

    1. Appery.io provides over 30 custom UI themes
    2. You can create any number of custom UI themes (jQuery Mobile themes)
    3. Customize any UI elements with CSS
  17. Can I connect to a MySQL or any other database?

    Yes. You can use API Express to connect to the relational database and expose it via REST APIs. Once any data source is exposed via REST APIs, it’s very easy to build a mobile app with that API. 

  18. Can I share my app?

    Yes. See sharing and testing.

  19. Who owns the apps created by Appery.io?

    You own the apps.

  20. Can I sell apps I created with Appery.io?

    Yes.

  21. How do I publish my app to the App Store or Google Play?

    Once you build and export your app, follow the steps from each app store for publishing the app.

  22. OK, I still have questions.

    Use our forum or email us.