Getting started with App Builder

    In this article:

    Launch App Builder

    To access App Builder, navigate to and sign in. Alternatively, you can launch App builder directly by visiting You will need an active trial or paid subscription to create and edit apps.

    Create new app

    There are thee ways in which you can create a new app from the "Create new application" dilaog:

    1. Sample apps - the getting started apps will help you explore applications that have been created using the App Builder and also allow you to modify them in your own user space. They are also a good source for you to preview generated code for a larger application without having to create your own app from scratch. If you use the App Builder for first time, we recommend to use the sample app option as a starting point. This is the quickest way to onboard yourself with the awesome features of the tool and to start building your application.
    2. App layouts - start a new app from scratch, benefiting from a predefined layouts. You will also find the the option to create an app based on a blank template from here.
    3. Import design - if you have an existing design file, created using the Indigo.Design UI kit for Figma or Sketch, you can use this as a starting point for your apps. To do this, get our Indigo.Design system, which includes plugins to publish your design, UI kits, and sample design files.

    > Note: Due to the differences between the absolute layout in Sketch and the Flex layout in the App Builder, some additional adjustments may be needed after parsing your Sketch file.

    New project dialog

    Note, that once in the App Builder, users are enabled to easily switch between their active applications or go back to their workspace in App Builder from the in-app side menu at design time without leaving the App Builder.

    Side menu

    Getting the code

    The App Builder always displays a live-running web application both on the design surface and in the preview window. The underlying code and application model are updated in real time as you make changes to the application in the design surface. You can view the generated application code at any time in the preview window and you can also download the generated application at any time as a complete application code repository, which you can then open in a code editor of your choice. Then you can build and run the application you've designed using the App Builder locally on your machine and you can make additional modifications on the generated code.

    Application preview window

    Code of a generated application and then run in VScode


    Once the code for your application is downloaded, changes made locally will not be reflected in your App Builder user space.

    On-Premises version of App Builder

    App Builder is a SaaS which provides Developers, Designers and Product Managers with a consolidated platform for software product discovery, software product design, building interactive product PoCs and emitting pixel-perfect code projects ready for subsequent modifications.

    Some businesses are part of highly regulated industries. Mostly for security reasons, a lot of them have limited to no access to cloud-based solutions like the App Builder, or limited internet connectivity in certain locations. In order to cover this segment, we had to provide an easy way for such organizations to bring the App Builder behind the firewall, by allowing them to use their own instance of the platform to run on their own infrastructure and to be accessible only by internal personnel.

    On-premises applications are reliable, secure, and allow enterprises to maintain a level of control that the cloud often cannot.

    Check out this topic for more technical details on how to install the On-premises solution.


    On-Premises version

    Running the generated app locally

    In order to run the downloaded application, the following prerequisites need to be installed on your machine. Check out this topic for more information on how to run the generated application locally.

    1. NodeJS.
    2. Visual Studio Code (we recommend VS Code, but you can use a different code editor).

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