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Create apps from maps

You can create an app with a shared map using a configurable app template or Web AppBuilder. Different templates and Web AppBuilder offer various bits of functionality, such as layouts and color schemes, editing and identify tools, social media feeds, and side-by-side map viewers. Choose a configurable app template or open Web AppBuilder from Map Viewer, My Content, or the item page. Then configure the components and publish the app. Another way to create an app is to download a template and deploy it to your organization's web server.

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.

Create an app starting from Map Viewer

You can use the Map Viewer Share pop-up to create an app using a configurable template or Web AppBuilder.

  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. You can only make an app with a map that is shared. If you own the map, share it by specifying sharing options in the Share window. If you don't own the map, contact the owner and have them share it as necessary.

    Note that both the map and the layers in it must be shared. If the layers are not shared, you will be prompted to update the sharing status for layers before you can create an app.

  3. Click Create A Web App.

    The Share pop-up appears with two tabs: Configurable Apps and Web AppBuilder.

  4. To use a configurable template on the Configurable Apps tab, 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 template thumbnail to see a description of the template 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, check the Share this app in the same way as the map box. If you do not check this box, 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 finished configuring the app.
  5. To use Web AppBuilder, do the following:
    1. Click the Web AppBuilder tab.
    2. Type a title, tags, and a summary for your app.
    3. Choose the folder in which to save the app.
    4. Choose whether to apply the same sharing properties to the app as you have on the map.
    5. Click Get Started to configure your app in Web AppBuilder.

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 template thumbnail to see a description of the template 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 in My Content to save your app.
    5. Click Done to publish the app. (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. Optionally change the components of the app, such as the theme, widgets, and miscellaneous items. Click Save when you are done configuring the app.
  4. To use Web AppBuilder, click Using the Web AppBuilder and do the following:
    1. Type a title, tags, and a summary, and optionally select a different folder in which 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 your portal 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.
    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 in which to save your app.
    2. Click OK to open Web AppBuilder and continue creating your app.