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Building Apps

The ArcGIS API for JavaScript, ArcGIS Runtime SDKs, configurable apps and app builders are a collection of software development tools to create interactive and compelling mapping applications.

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Why Build Apps on the ArcGIS Platform?

ArcGIS developer tools are scalable and reliable, and provide full integration with the ArcGIS platform. Quickly embed maps into their existing apps or custom build new ones. Geo-enable your app using the API or SDK of your choice, then deploy it across a variety of devices.


The platform scales appropriately to grow with your business needs.


The platform supports Fortune 500s, National and Local governments, and start-ups with reliable continuity.


Regardless of your industry or the size of your organization, use the platform to solve problems and make better decisions.


After 40+ years we continue to thrive as a leader in location technology and mapping innovation.

Reliable, Capable, Mature, Scalable

What are my options for building applications?

The ArcGIS platform provides diverse technology choices for creating geospatial apps. These options vary in effort depending on your personal development experience and preference:

Configurable Apps & App Builders

Choose from a variety of configurable apps as well as web and native app builders to increase your productivity and get your apps into users' hands quickly.

AppStudio for ArcGIS

AppStudio for ArcGIS

Convert maps into mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows, OS X, and Linux. Publish apps using your own brand, or share internally. No developer skills required.

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Create HTML/JavaScript apps with ready-to-use widgets that run on any device. Customize the look with configurable themes. No coding required.

Configurable App Gallery

Configurable App Gallery

Choose from a comprehensive set of templates to quickly configure focused apps, for example for parcel editing or displaying social content.

Esri Story Maps

Esri Story Maps

Tell stories about places, products, people, or events. Make a fun, interactive user experience by adding videos, photos, audio and text.


The ArcGIS platform offers a variety of options to build custom applications that expose much of its functionality through web services. If the ArcGIS API for JavaScript or various SDK solutions do not fit your development requirements you can use the ArcGIS REST API.

REST API Overview