16 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App – Without a Single Line of Code!

March 3, 2015 Published by 215 Comments

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We’ve been following the website builder market for more than five years now and creating a simple website is not really much of a problem these days.

But does the same hold true for mobile apps? Can it be possible to create a mobile app without having a clue about programming languages?

While my wife was toying with the idea of creating a mobile app for her museum website, we took the opportunity to try out some of the best app makers on the market. There really is no shortage of companies offering this kind of service; we easily found more than 30.

Update 23 Feb 2015: the app has been launched, check it out here.


Mobile App Makers in 100 Seconds


App doesn’t equal App

Most of the app makers that we’ve tested offer two kinds of apps:

A HTML5 app is a mobile friendly version of your existing website. It will serve as an addition to your website exclusively for users on Smartphones and Tablet devices.

What most people will be keen on though, is a Native App that users can download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store (and maybe, just maybe on the Window Phone Store).
A native app will also allow you to send those handy little push messages that hardly anybody knows how to deactivate.

While you can create your own HTML5 app for around $10-20 per month, creating a native app is not gonna be wallet friendly. Most providers will require you to fork out around $40 per month to have it listed in the Apple, Android or Windows Phone ecosystems.

What we discovered here is an exciting market in its early stages; we expect a lot more to come in the future. For now, these mobile app makers are our favorites:


GoodBarber – Eye Candy

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The app builder with the most interesting name comes from the French island of Corsica and impresses with beautiful themes. What’s more is that they offer some of the most advanced features such as social networking, chat, Geofencing and iBeacons. Get your native iOS and Android apps for a mere €16 per month. They show an extensive showcase of apps that have been created with their system.


What we liked: their templates are beautiful and their pricing for native apps is very competitive. It also offers a lot of flexibility and cutting-edge features.

Where they should improve: doesn’t have its own online store but you can integrate Amazon, Etsy and Shopify.


GoodBarber Video Review and Tutorial


Free Trial: www.goodbarber.com

Detailed Review: AppToolTester


Shoutem – The Apple of App Builders


Founded in 2011 this app maker is a very polished product. It features plenty of very powerful options. One of which, the location based directory for places proved particularly useful for our test project, a museum app.

Their monetization elements, such as their integration with Shopify and mobile advertising support help you to recoup what you spend on Shoutem. While it’s not the most expensive provider, it’s not cheap either: pricing starts at $19.90 (Basic) per month. In order to be able to publish to the Apple or Android app stores, you’ll have to at least pick their $49.00 Advanced plan.

What we liked in particular was that it’s fun to use but powerful at the same time, and the templates are really great.

What we liked
: designs, location-based elements, ease of use, smooth handling of image uploads

What they should improve: they should add their own online store module


ShoutEm Video Review and Tutorial


Free Trial: www.shoutem.com

Detailed Review: AppToolTester


Como DIY – The Swiss Army Knife of App Creators


This app maker, which was founded in 2010 in Israel claims to power more than 1 million apps around the world, making it one of the biggest fishes in the app pond. They provide a wide selection of building blocks such as a loyalty card feature, appointment scheduling integrations, ecommerce, user reviews and events. Most of the examples on their app gallery are restaurants, bands and other kinds of organizations that run events.

Como just released a new pricing structure: now there is only one tier with either a monthly ($57), yearly ($48) or bi-yearly ($41) payment option. Part of these updates is also a bold 6-Month Success Guarantee, meaning that Como DIY will give you six months for free if you don’t manage to achieve “any meaningful business results” with your app.

We found seven different templates that you can combine with six navigational styles. Colors, background images and icons can be adapted with your own artwork.


What we liked: the editor is very well laid out and easy to use. Their features range is one of the most extensive and the designs are a definite plus. The Success Guarantee is quite reassuring.

What they should improve: their marketing. After registering they will send you promotional emails every single day for about a week… Update: Como told us that they are currently changing their email marketing. If you have any recent experience with Como’s newsletters, please leave a comment and let us know!

Como Video Review and Tutorial


Free Trial: www.como.com

Detailed Review: AppToolTester



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AppYourself – Easy and fun to use


This company started in 2011, allowing their users to create apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and also pure HTML5 apps. Their promise doesn’t end with a mobile app: in contrast to other app makers they also let you create a responsive website that automatically syncs your app content. Currently, this feature is in an open beta phase.

There are four pricing tiers, ranging from Web Only (€5), Basic (€15) to Premium (€30) and Business (€50 & €200 setup fee). You can try out AppYourself for free, for as long as you want. In order to be able to actually submit your app to one of the app stores you need to be on, at least, their Basic plan.

Their features include ecommerce, table booking options via Open Table and Resmio, loyalty cards, photo galleries and of course, the usual news feed streams.


We like: Most of all, the interface is well structured and very easy to use. They feature their own online store module and support was quick to respond when we contacted them. Using their Connect App you can also update your app on the go.

Things they should improve: AppYourself is a German company and sometimes there are menu items that haven’t been fully translated. It’s not a big issue overall but it needs to be addressed.

Free Trial: http://appyourself.net/

Tip: Save 20% in your first year using the discount code “wtt20off”. Valid for all pricing tiers except for Business.

Where are all the apps? According to Statista, there are around 2.8m apps on the leading three app stores. According to just Como and AppMakr, a total of 3m apps have been created with their tools alone. This can only mean that a significant number of all apps never make it into the major app stores.


Mobile Roadie – The Enterprise App Builder


As one of the bigger players Mobile Roadie proudly showcase their clients: Disney, TED.org and Universal have apps made on their platform.

Given the price point ranges from $149 (CORE) to a hefty $799 per month (PRO) this company clearly has its focus on larger companies. We particularly liked their design options which feature great templates and give you plenty of options to tweak them.

They have a couple of nice community features such as chats and a fan wall that can be particularly useful for artists and bands. Musicians will also like the smooth integration of its music player.

There are also some very advanced features such as geo-targeting for your content. Because of its wide feature range getting the hang of this app builder will take more time than most of the others..


We like: Their templates are very elegant and they offer plenty of options to tweak the designs. All in all their features are extremely advanced.

Where they should improve: pricing of course as it’s not affordable for smaller businesses. It also took us quite some time to get to grips with the editor – the UI could be a more intuitive.

Free Trial: www.mobileroadie.com


AppMachine – The High Potential


This name seems to have a deeper meaning. AppMachine automates as many tedious processes as possible. Just give them your website’s URL and they will import everything they deem useful for your app. Twitter, Facebook, RSS and even images can be imported if you wish. Quite unique and pretty useful!

The editor of this Dutch company is visually quite impressive but at the same time not overwhelming. We like their idea of using Lego building blocks. It’s one of the best app creators we’ve seen and although not all of the user interface was intuitive right from the start, we think that they have the potential to be one of the top players in this space.

Currently they offer two plans: Plus for $49 and Pro for $69 per month.


What we liked: powerful editor, a comprehensive building block selection

What they should improve: they should make the user interface a little bit more logic and faster

Free trial: www.appmachine.com


Mobincube – Apps for Everyone


In contrast to Mobile Roadie, Mobincube positions itself as the website builder for everyone. Everyone can and should be able to build an app and also make some money using the Admob platform. Before you make money though you’ll have to spend some but don’t worry because Mobincube is very affordable: while they offer a free plan, their cheapest ad-free plan is priced at $9.99. Surprisingly, all of their plans allow you to ‘go native’, i.e. to upload your creation to one or all of the major app stores.

Using the editor sometimes felt a little bit “beta”. We sometimes had to switch browsers to use certain features. What they have on offer does looks pretty powerful; they let you create complex page types: for example you can use a SQLite based database to pull in data from an external server. To be honest, we haven’t really figured out how this works and in terms of user friendliness there is definitely room for improvement. However, no other provider allows you to get a real app for free. Their paid plans look very affordable too.

Update 3 June 2015: You can now add HTML modules into your app. Examples would be:
User account registration screens, embedded html5 games, advanced forms, access to different branches of the app depending on certain inputs (time, language, region, type of device, etc.) and animations.


What we liked: very competitive prices and plenty of templates to choose from. Also, some of the features seem quite innovative.

What they should improve: technical hiccups need to be taken care of, the templates can be a bit restrictive.

Free Plan: www.mobincube.com


BIZNESSAPPS – That Lead Magnet


In the video on their website they make a bold statement: one in every 20 apps out there runs on BusinessApps. The Californian company started out in 2010 and has so far helped to put out more than 300, 000 apps.

In order to create native iOS or Android apps you’ll have to pick their Mobile Apps plan for $59 per month. The editor is clearly structured and overall made a solid impression on us.


What we liked: they sport plenty of 3rd party integrations including ways to capture leads.

What they should improve: It could be visually more rewarding; with other app makers we had quicker results.

Free Trial: www.biznessapps.com


AppsBuilder – Intuitive Italian Design

This Italian app creator features a drag and drop editor and has so far helped 500,000 apps come to life.  Once you navigate the slightly confusing free trial vs. free account sign up, the dashboard and editor are surprisingly intuitive. Adding logos and other images is also extremely easy, as you can easily scale images and add effects effortlessly after dropping your image onto the page.

There is also a wide array of modules you can add to pages, such as eCommerce, multimedia, maps, calculators and loyalty tools. There are dedicated tools for all the popular social sites, as well as at least five modules for different restaurant sites, so there’s something for everyone here. AppsBuilder also have a handy dedicated resource section on their site with articles, eBooks, templates and even case studies, all available for free.

There are three pricing categories: $52 (Starter), $215 (Regular) and $269 (Scalable). In order to create a native iOS or Android app you’ll have to pick the Premium plan.


What we liked: easy to navigate editor, intuitive image editing with many options, good support

What they should improve: they have a free account (as well as their trial) but it’s difficult to access, should have different language options available.

Free Trial: www.apps-builder.com


MobAppCreator – New Kid on the Block


This relatively new company calls Argentina home and has its focus on native apps. They claim to have almost 41,000,000 app views and rising, but apart from that, they’re a little mysterious, without even an ‘About Us’ or Company Profile on their site.

With MobAppCreator, users don’t have as many templates available to them as other builders, yet the editor itself is very user-friendly, with different modules explained clearly and without too much technical jargon. It’s a nice touch having a pull-out iPhone on the side that keeps an updated, clickable representation of your app which is refreshed with each new change. We did find some issues in the layout design once we started to change some of the module elements, though, and had to begin again just to reset it.

You have fourteen days to trial the service, with full functionality, but then the cheapest option starts at $32.50 per month. This isn’t too dissimilar to some of the other app makers on the market, as you’ll see below, but perhaps they could offer a few more templates for that price.

What we liked
: the editor is relatively easy to use, they have their own online store module available for the South American market.

What they should improve: there could be a wider range of template designs, perhaps offer a free version that isn’t time limited but offers less options.

Free Trial: www.mobappcreator.com


AppMakr – The Good Old Times of App Creation


This app creator from Singapore shows almost 2 million apps on its counter; impressive. Next to their claim of creating an app “in only 20 minutes” the pricing page sticks out for us. Next to a free plan there’s a $1 and a $9 dollar per month plan making it one of the most affordable app makers.

However, after signing up we were quite disappointed. The visual appearance of their editor isn’t really state of the art: it looks like there hasn’t been a redesign for a couple of years. To be fair though, they offer plenty of building blocks and also the app design can be tweaked. It’s just not as much fun to work with this product compared to their more stylish competitors.


What we liked: affordable prices

What they should improve: their design and the editor, this product is due for a major do over.

Free Trial: www.appmakr.com


Further App Makers that we haven’t tested



An affordable tool, this Indian company lets you put your app into Google Play for free if you don’t mind ads in your app. Paid plans start at $7 per month. Free Trial: http://www.appypie.com



Although the featured templates on this website don’t look too exciting, IBuildApp has been used more than a million times. Basic ($9.99 per month), Business ($39) and Enterprise/Agency ($99) are their pricing tiers. Free Trial: http://ibuildapp.com


Their well-designed website doesn’t reveal a lot about the company other than 30,000 businesses have used the software in one way or the other. You can choose between the free plan and a Premium plan ($49 per month). Free Trial: http://buildfire.com



If you don’t mind technical lingo or even embrace it, the “industry’s leading cloud-based rapid development environment for building mobile apps” might be your candidate of choice. It’s more of a technical infrastructure for apps than an app maker for end users. Free Trial: http://appery.io



Creating games is pretty much the ultimate challenge for programmers. For a mere $299 per year the Texan company provides a building block system for iOS and Android game creation. Free Trial: http://gamesalad.com

Have you tried any of them yourself? Which one do you like the most?
<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/8676174/”>What is your favourite app builder?</a>

To sum up

It’s true that there are absolutely no programming skills required to build an app, however, if you actually want to have a chance of it being published in one of the App Stores you’ll need at least some basic image editing skills.

High quality visual components are key to creating an app that people will enjoy using. In addition you really need to know how to provide a valuable app – an exact copy of your website usually doesn’t cut it. You need to offer app specific functions or content.

As mentioned before, we think that there is a lot more to come in terms of functionality. Let us know what you think!

Image credit: DigiClack – Fotolia


Written by Robert (186 posts)

Hi, my name is Robert Brandl and I am the founder of WebsiteToolTester. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.


Your opinion

  • Thanks for mentioning us in this article! For anyone that wants to try us out feel free to email our support team and we’ll happily offer a free professional app design if you mention this article!

  • Thank you very much for mentioning us in the article, and we all really like the tagline ‘The Apple of App Builders’!
    Anyone who is planing on becoming a ShoutEm reseller – just refer to this article and you’ll get a free 45 minutes training session when you sign up.

  • Hi @pesito:disqus Nice piece, I knew most of them but not all, great list. May I suggest you to test http://adsy.me it’s a web app we launched in April 2014 (now 30K users). It enables you to create micro websites with an app feeling, straight in the browser of your iOS/android device or on your PC/Mac. It’s free. Some people say it’s a kind of Geocities for Generation touch 😉 I Invite you to give it a try. Would love your feedback. I’d be happy to tell you more about it.

  • Mohammed Ismael

    I analysis each of them have a different service, with different quality and price
    it is not my business
    please someone tell me which of them better than others…!

    • Hi Mohammed, personally I liked ShoutEm, GoodBarber, Como and AppYourself best.

      • Mohammed Ismael

        Hi Robert, thanks a lot

        I appreciate that

  • Thank you for mentioning us Robert! We are glad to announce that approximately in two weeks from now we will have a new cool feature that you will like for sure! We will keep you informed about it and we would like to receive some feedback from you soon as we launch it!

  • Bin Sand


    This is really an informative blog for all the beginners as well as app developers.

    I am an iOS app developer, I have tried most of the mobile app development platforms described above. I have developed more than 50 apps till today with the help of Phonegap, Telerik, Configure.IT etc. They are running successfully on app store.

    As per my experience in this field, I recommend developers as well as beginners to use mobile app development platform like Configure.IT, because it provides automatic coding, app preview facility, direct API connect and a lot more features. These things save a lot more development time and provides fast and well designed app in much less time.

  • Bobby Leroy

    http://www.zigmos.com is another platform that allows you to create a mobile app with no programming skills. This app builder will allow you to quickly create content and features you want to display for your guests. Attract your clients to wide variety of services your hotel offers and reach out to a global audience.

  • We recently tried GoodBarber and Shoutem and I must say Shoutem wins (product as well as customer support). One of the worst things with GoodBarber is their super slow and often unresponsive customer support. Imagine you are stuck up with something in regards to the app and customer support doesn’t even read your tickets for more than 48 hours (working days). That’s GoodBarber..

    I heartily recommend you to try Shoutem rather than GoodBarber…


    • Hi Shalin, thanks for sharing! I appreciate it. What kind of app did you build with it?

      • Missed this notification Robert.. We are building a news site on GoodBarber. Functionality-wise they are good but when it comes to support, they really really lag behind (in fact, they have too mediocre a support and one can’t use the premises of “we’re growing too fast” in the name of lagging customer support). It’s really a deal-breaker when your business depends on them. Imagine every reply you send to them, it takes them days to even open the mail / ticket. If I rightly draw the parallel, it’s like your web hosting company replying to your email every 2-3 days.


  • CouponingDesiree

    I read your article and was excited when you pointed out apps that offer maps. After visiting the sites, I realized they were general maps as opposed to indoor maps, which is what I’m looking for. Do you suggest any app makers that offer indoor GPS capabilities? I can google and find options, I’m just curious if you recommend one brand over another. Thank you for your time & such a well researched article.

    • Thanks for your comment! These apps use the regular Google Maps, I am afraid there is no indoor GPS available, at least not in the ones I’ve tested.

  • Nathan

    Do any of the

  • Nathan

    Do any of the app builders feature the ability to make surveys with branching/conditional logic? I’ve seen some that allow surveys from survey monkey to be viewed in the mobile app’s web module, but you can’t actually build the survey with branching into the app.

    • Hi Nathan, most of them have very flexible form builders that let you specify the fields you want to include in your form (see the Como screenshot for example). I haven’t seen any app maker that lets you create conditional logic though (I suppose you mean something like Surveymonkey). You could try to embed such a survey into your app maybe.

  • Vaughn

    Hello everyone! Currently I have a research for developing a mobile App that works like a calculator or something with the given formula. I just want free and simple where no programming code needed in developing the App. Can you help me which one should I pick?

    • Hi there! I don’t think any of the app makers listed in this post can do that. Possibly you got a chance with Mobincube as there you can add HTML modules. But I suppose that the calculator would have to run externally, making it not a very good solution. I am not a programmer though, so I could be wrong.

  • I hope Snappii gets reviewed in your next eddition

  • aash

    Thanks for the very nice artilcle…
    Do you know any app makers which generates a source atleast html5 js files?

    I tried with goodbarber but am unable to generate the html5 version can only be hoster on their server?

    so it possible with any other app maker?

    • Hi there, the app makers we reviewed here are all web-based, that means you need to have a subscription with them. Using them to generate the code and export it afterwards is not possible with these companies.

  • Genuinesol

    This website has been very informative. I especially enjoyed how you deconstructed your analysis of the deficits and strengths of each provider. I am a teacher and I am planning to have several groups of students, ages 11-16, build separate apps. That leads me to two questions : Which provider would you consider the most user friendly for pretty intellectually proficient students? Do any of the apps allow for multiple projects at once, under one subscription? Thank you for the article and in advance for your response.

    • Thanks for your question and sorry for the delay! I think the app makers that offer the most advanced features in this list are ShoutEm and Como. The prices are generally per app but they also offer agency or partners plans if you need more than just one app. In your specific case however, I would try to work something out with them directly. I am pretty sure they can make a special deal for educational use.

  • Hey Robert,

    You’ve got an interesting list out there. Loved the way you’ve detailed on why each of the app makers have made it to your list. I’m Madhuri and I’m the Digital Manager at Arkenea LLC. We help startups and entrepreneurs with app and web development. We also help improve the concept through user behaviour insights, fantastic user experience, help with customer acquisition and support them to build a roaring growth machine!

  • Hello Roberts ,
    Your blog is truly admirable one.Really this is very informative and useful.Thanks for the share.

  • Matthew Brown

    Hi mate. Besides the most expensive app builder which Disney use, are there any providers out there that offer built in chat software? Thanks.

  • Michael Ford

    You’ve really done a big job!We’d like to add Appsmoment (www.appsmoment.com) to the list. It offers Appstore, Android, Amazon submission within free tester plan plus Windows submission within starter and higher plans. The price starts with $49 annually. AppsMoment apps builder offers more than 200 templates for games, entertainment etc. We’ll be grateful for the feedback and invite you to try it.

  • Elias

    Great article.. Still, i m not quite sure which company covers the best white label plan to work with.

    • Hi Elias, we haven’t tried out their white lable options, I am afraid I currently can’t help you with that.

  • Hamza Bahrain

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing. I have an idea which I want to turn in to an app or website but not sure wich one I should go for

    • Hamza Bahrain

      if I want to make an app like instagram or like carsforsale app. which app builder will be the right one for it ?

      • Steve Lamattina

        Hi Hamza, apps like those would require quite a bit of custom coding and content to allow for complex user generated content. At this time, the app makers reviewed don’t have the required features. You would probably have to hire a programmer for something like that.

  • Yadusha Williams


    • Steve Lamattina

      Hi Yadusha, for all of those features you could try Mobile Roadie. Most of the other app builders only do 3 out of the 4 above. If you’re willing to sacrifice one of the above, then you will have more options available.

  • KJ

    I want to create an directory app in which can be filtered by more than just category and sub category, it needs to be able to select a combination of filters. Ex. Hotel> Pool, Free Breakfast, Gym…..etc

  • Steve

    Hi Siddharth, thanks for the recommendation. We’ve added it to our list.

  • Steve

    Hi there,
    It’s difficult to tell which platform the app was developed on, but looking at the features (video & audio/podcast integration) you could build a very similar app on most of the platforms discussed within this post.

  • MMADP is end-to-end and click and deploy mobile application development platform that allows developers to create a mobile app with less coding. It also assists for building rich content and latest app features which you can create for your clients.

    Trial version is free to try and share your experience.

  • Hardik Mahajan

    hi . i like a lot of them but when i want to add an item they do not allow to change the currency

    • Steve

      Hi Hardik, I suggest using either Como or AppMachine as they both allow you to add PayPal payment for products, which has 24 different currency options.

  • tisha tran

    this is a very useful post! Thanks so much for sharing! I am interested in working on a budgeting app and i was wondering which program would be best suitable to start that.

    thank you!

    • Steve

      Hi Tisha, it seems like there may be a way with AppMachine and the use of their ‘Pro’ block features (Excel and Javascript), yet they are still working on personalized user settings, which would be necessary to run a budgeting app.

  • Evan Yates

    Good post but I’m still a little confused. I have an idea for an alarm clock app that I’d like to produce… which do you think would be best? Thanks!

    • Steve

      Hi Evan. I think the best one for that would, again, be
      AppMachine, similar to the reasons on the last comment. They have pro blocks that allow you to input Javascript and HTML, which would be needed to create a custom clock with an alarm condition.

  • Rocket App Builder

    RocketAppBuilder.com is another great app maker with awesome features, dedicated support, and great pricing. Also, with Rocket App Builder no Android or Apple developers accounts are required as we can publish apps under our license.

    Hopefully we can be reviewed in the next edition. Keep up the outstanding work.


    can someone help me. i have an idea for an app. which is the best company to help me

    • Steve

      Hi Jorge, as mentioned above, there are many app makers out there. It really depends on what kind of app you’re making. Personally, my top picks would be GoodBarber or AppMachine for all-rounder app makers.

  • Robbie Shipman

    Hello, I’m looking for a white label tool… I own a website company but want to offer apps. Any suggestion???

    • Steve

      Hi Robbie, basically all the app makers mentioned offer a white label, or reseller, option except for Como. They all vary in price, and some require you to go on a plan, so it’s best if you find a couple that you like the look of and read up on their website.

  • Lucy Cornthwaite

    Hi. I’m hoping the produce an education app via quizes with answers and a total score % following each use. I’ve so far struggled to find an app maker that can do this. Any suggestions?

    • Steve

      Hi Lucy, have you checked out
      AppMachine? Their advanced blocks seem to be able to handle quite a lot. I suggest going and having a play around with their builder, they have some good demo apps that give you an idea of what you can do. I’m sure that they’d be able to suggest a good way to organise your quiz app. Good luck!

  • Karl Watson

    Hi, I want to make a DJ app that teaches you how to scratch. I have made the tutorial videos of how to do it step by step and after the initial how to piece is said I want the video to loop. Eg plays for 1.30″ in total but after 30″ the last min just goes on a continual loop. What app company is best to go with for something like this? Can anyone please help? thankyou

    • Steve

      Hi Karl, I think there’s a couple of different issues here. Firstly, I think you could probably set up looping parameters via Youtube, or Vimeo (I asuume you’re using one of these two?) The problem is, you’d need a seperate video of the section you want to loop, otherwise it will replay your instructions again. Unfortunately you can’t really use app makers to do this kind of video-editing for you.

      If you can figure out the video part, then I think the best overall app maker that has good video integration is GoodBarber. Good luck!

      • Karl Watson

        Hi Steve, Thankyou for your reply 🙂

  • Patrick

    Robert, I appreciate the information, thanks! Do any of the mobile app makeroffer payment service like apple pay, etc?

    • Steve

      Hi Robert, only a couple of the app makers offer a checkout feature which allow you to use PayPal: AppMachine or Como.
      Some of the others have just have eCommerce integration with, for example, Shopify or Etsy, whilst others only offer external linking to online products. Hope this helps!

  • David John

    You missed out BizFirst Platform. We were able to develop awesome apps using this platform. It is free if you enable ads. Give it a try at http://www.BizFirstOnline.com

  • Stanley Akachuwku

    My search for app builder brought me here. I want to build an app that will be able to credit bank account using voucher. i.e. you text the voucher code and your bank account gets credited. I hope any of the reviewed can do it. Which of them. I am looking at MobinCube. Please do suggest for me the very best maker. Thanks for your valuable information

    • Steve

      Hi Stanley, unfortunately banking is quite a complex and highly regulated area. I don’t think that you’d be able to create an app for banking, especially with the app makers we’ve reviewed, as the backend would always need to somehow be able to access a bank’s own system. Sorry about that!

  • Steve

    Hi Ashley, unfortunately search engines are complex systems with many algorithms needed and quite a lot of programming. I’m not sure if it’s possible to create an app like the one you mentioned, but many of the app makers do allow you to enter your own data which can then be searchable within the app itself by the user.

    For example, if you already have the data for a number of businesses, or maybe properties, within an excel document, then you can add this information to your app and it will be searchable. Perhaps this is what you are looking for?

    If so, then I think a good one to use would be AppMachine due to their advanced blocks. Take a look at our new app maker review site for more info, AppToolTester.

  • Steve

    Hi Adrian, thanks for the info. Obviously there are a lot of app makers out there, and we endeavour to bring information to our readers from the most popular and user-friendly DIY platforms. We now even have a new site dedicated solely to this, AppToolTester.

    I had a quick look at your site and it seems that your company builds the app for customers with their ideas in mind, but the customers don’t actually make it themselves. If that is the case then it might fall outside the boundaries of our DIY ethos.

  • Catfish Comstock

    Is it possible to create an app for a band that would allow users to stream the bands music via Google play or some other steaming service?

    • Steve

      Hi Catfish, yes you can definitely do this. Depending on what service you’d like to use, most of the app makers have some sort of streaming feature. Soundcloud is the easiest and most used integration option, probably because it’s a free service, and is available within app makers: GoodBarber and Shoutem.

      As you’re a band, I’d probably recommend going with Shoutem due to it’s social features, which would allow your fans to login and post etc. I’ve just completed a video review of Shoutem, which you can find on our AppToolTester site. Good luck!

  • Barbara


    Really useful review, many thanks for putting it together, and apptooltester.com.

    I’m brand new to the concept and would like to make a simple app that can access the device’s location and show it on a live map, with an ability to open a simple chat to other users on the map.

    Would you recommend any particular one of the systems over another to do this?

    Many thanks in advance,


    • Steve

      Hi Barbara, I think for the features you’re describing that Shoutem would be your best bet. This is due to both their location-based features, as well as their ability to allow users to login and create profiles. Chat should also be possible via their ‘Shout’ feature.
      If you have any other questions about particular features, their support team will be able to give you some good advice also.
      Feel free to check out our Shoutem review too, it will give you some more in-depth information.

  • Noor

    Zapable is the latest App creator software.

  • Ebony

    Hi Robert,

    Thank you for this informative article of reviews!

    I work for a very large company and our specific department has to communicate information to all of our 35,000+ employees. I thought developing an internal mobile app for employees only would be a great idea. The app would start off as an ‘informational’ app only and if successful become more interactive.

    Here are the attributes we have to keep in mind when selecting a suitable app maker:
    -Budget friendly
    -Top notch design/interface
    -Ease of use (none of our team members are programmers 🙂
    -Ability to expand on the app’s abilities over time.

    Which app do you think would be the best fit?

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Ebony, if the main goal of your app is to provide information an app maker should be able to provide this without any problems. To me your requirements almost sound like a description of GoodBarber as their designs are very modern and it’s also easy to use. Find more detailed information in our GoodBarber review: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/goodbarber/

  • Patrick Melcher

    Hi Robert – this has been a very informative post.
    Would it be possible to do a similar post but only focus on the affiliate portions? I’ve been looking for a clear and concise breakdown for affiliates, but can only seem to find mere mentions of cost and no comparisons or features.

    If not, I appreciate you taking the time to review my request.

    • Hi Patrick, I am not quite sure what you mean. Is it white-label programs that you are after?

      • Patrick Melcher

        Yes, pretty much. The posts above talk about creating for yourself, but I’d like to create for others and would like to get a clear price vs feature side-by-side, as I’m sure others would also. Didn’t know if you had that in the works, or could create a post relating to it.

        Thanks for the reply.

        • We have more detailed reviews on AppToolTester (even including video reviews for some of them): http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/
          We don’t specifically talk about white-label plans there, but most app makers do have them. Simply check their websites to find out more.

          • Patrick Melcher

            Thank you for this. However, it’s geared towards creating an app for yourself. Each of these companies has an affiliate program with separate costs and features. That’s what I was hoping to see.
            Thank you though, you’ve provided a great deal for individuals here.

          • Steve

            Hi Patrick, as Robert mentioned, what you’re looking for is either the ‘reseller’ or ‘white label’ section of each app makers website. For example you can find GoodBarber’s here. Usually it’s found in the top menu or down in the footer. Good luck.

  • Austin

    Hi Robert, I work for a church and I have looked at over 20 sites, I want an app that is modern but can allow different push notifications to different groups instead of the whole, calendar syncing as well as video capability. Analytics and gps location links would be essential as well. Can you give me a couple options I can narrow my search down to?

    • Steve

      Hi Austin, I would say that GoodBarber would be the best choice for you with the above requirements. If you use their advanced plan then you have the option to organise user groups, which you can then target push notifications to. It also has calendar, video, analytics and gps location abilities. And in my opinion, it has some of the best looking themes, helping you to make your app look professional and modern. You can read up on GoodBarber in more detail at our dedicated app comparison site here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/goodbarber/
      Good luck!

  • M Kutz

    I am looking to do a promotion within my high school by playing the game Clue, but with our specific people, weapons, and rooms. Does anyone have a suggestion of an app that could do this, ideally for little to no cost?

    • Steve

      Hi M, there may be a way to create a very basic version of this, but it really depends on your requirements. What I suggest is having a look at our dedicated reviews site, http://www.apptooltester.com, and once you have a clearer idea of what you need then maybe ask the app makers you like the sound of directly. They’re usually pretty helpful!

  • Simon Q

    Can GoodBarber link to woocommerce?

    • Steve

      Hi Simon, GoodBarber only have eCommerce intergration for Shopify, Etsy and Amazon unfortunately. But, depending on what you need, you can still create a basic link within a section of the app that links to your store quite easily. Good luck!

  • munna hossain

    This is really an important article, this list will help the app builder. By using this tools how can I create a mobile app. If you can publish an article about how to use this tools. Thank you for sharing this tips.

    • Steve

      Hi Munna, on our http://www.apptooltester.com website you can see more in-depth reviews, as well as video reviews for some, giving you a good idea on how to use them.

  • Apollon01

    I have question 🙂
    i wondering… i tried Goodbarber and Buildfire, and my goal is app with own data i mean own data articles and things u know not web based.
    I need independed not web based app builder with codes. My point is, is there any not joke builders?
    Not webbased, not a joke with their water mark, even i paid them
    i wanna make informational app not a company basic introduction.
    any suggestion?
    (my apologize for my VERY bad english)

    • Apollon01

      My concept is
      I wanna make Business APP
      – Lessons for business students (data not blogs RSS news copied to it)
      – Business news for businessmen
      and things….
      im so lost please help me

    • Steve

      Hi Apollon, once you’ve created your app with these app makers then they become native apps that people can download on their phone, not purely web based. Also, GoodBarber do not watermark their apps, so you should be ok with them.

      For a more data-based app, like you’ve described below, I would give AppMachine a go, you can read our full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/appmachine/

  • Hi! I would like an app where I can offer my inspirational quotes, webinars, and e-courses on my personal app. Which app builder is best?

    • Steve

      Hi Toshia, it sounds like you will need one with video player capabilities. I would recommend GoodBarber for this, as it’s our highest rated app maker and should be able to offer your customers a way to view all of the above. Read more about it in our in-depth review http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/goodbarber/

  • Savior of the Golden Goddesses

    I need to build an app that has bluetooth handshaking and gps location capabilities – ideally with cloud integration for data collection – any ideas on that one?

    • Steve

      Hi, firstly I’m sorry but a little confused by what you mean by the handshaking? It may be that your requirements are possibly a bit more complicated than an app maker allows, but I think your best bet would probably be with AppMachine, using some of their pro features. Read an in-depth review about it here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/appmachine/

  • Dead Parrot

    I find it amusing that if you add up all the apps all these sites claimed to have made, the total is about 5 times (or more) the number of apps actually IN the Apple store or Google Play. 🙂

    • Yes, I mentioned that in the article (blue box). I suppose they are referring to HTML5 apps that only got published as mobile websites. Nevertheless the number still seems very high.

      • Dead Parrot

        yep, Just for a goof, we added up the claims of about 30 sites – about 13.2 million! Since outright lies can get you in trouble, I suspect most of them are counting every time, every user, does a compile/create/build. If a user “builds” his app a dozen times, that’s 12 apps “published”! LOL
        We prefer to focus on what are users CAN do on our app site, not what they have done. (I won’t insert a link to it – not here to spam the forum 🙂

  • We have been using GoodBarber for past 8-9 months and here’s what I think. Their app builder (called as backoffice) is quite good and flexible enough to accommodate different needs you might have. Their designs / templates are also good. But here are 2 critical negatives that we found after using it for the past 8-9 months:

    1. The app is really very slow on slower internet connections. Almost every other day, we hear from our users about the sluggishness of the app as well as non-responsiveness. I have brought this to the team’s notice also but till now haven’t got any solution (the only thing I hear is it’s because of increasing data). I understand it might be a tricky problem to solve for their team, but in the end, it’s a problem that needs to be solved. Because sluggishness in the app is what drives many users away from an app. And as a business owner you would want to avoid that.

    2. Recently, I identified a bug in their ad delivery which is against the AdMob’s implementation policies and potentially, puts your AdMob account at the risk suspension. When I drew their team’s attention to this, they said they missed to informed us about it (are you serious? you missed something as critical as this thereby jeopardising the customer’s AdMob account). It’s been almost 27 days since then and either the team becomes unresponsive about it on support or they have standard reply mentioning they can’t give an estimation of time.

    That’s what makes me disappointed with GoodBarber. So, if sluggishness or monetisation are not that important to you, definitely try GoodBarber. Rest all is good about them. Trust me on this.

    P.S. Do check GK Power Boost on Android PlayStore to check the reviews on what our users think about the app.



    • Steve

      Hi Shalin, thanks for your comment, and we’ll pass it along to GoodBarber also!

      • No worries.. I have already written to them about it quite a number of times and hoping to get resolutions… Let’s see how it goes…

        • Hey Steve.. Just wanted to let you know that the status quo is at is.. Still no resolutions to the issue.. The only thing I get to hear from them are assurances.. and that’s been happening for more than a month.. I seriously feel they have let down their customers this time..


    • Hi Shalin,

      we understood your concern about the AdMob situation, and we will update you when the process will be completed. Unfortunately for the moment we are still not able to solve this problem. We are in contact with Admob to find a solution anyway. As we work with external service, to solve issues that occurs with an external platform it’s not as quick as it is for our internal features.

      BTW, congratulation for the 4.3/5 rate on Google play and the nice comments about your app 😉

      • Hi Arianna,
        Yep.. Let’s wait for another week and see how it comes up.. For a thing as important as monetisation and that too when it’s around one of the biggest ad networks (AdMob), every single week affects our monetisation strategy.

        Thanks for lovely words on the PlayStore comments and ratings. The credit goes to our team as well as GoodBarber design and UX. I just wish there would have been some way to address the speed and lags issues too. You must have noticed a lot of users complaining about it in the PlayStore reviews… And we have another dozen or two complaining about it in crash reports too.. Hoping for the best in the coming months…

        Thanks. Have a great day ahead.


        • Honestly, since the Ads part is so important to use I will suggest you to take into consideration the use of another Ad Network for the moment, because this is not an issue that will be solved in one week.

          I didn’t saw the bad reviews… Google are hiding them hhi!
          For the crash I will suggest you to test the AdHoc version of your app, that GoodBarber provides you, before sending it to Google Play to avoid at the minimum the risk of possible crash and bugs. 😉

          • Arianna, I did try Facebook Audience Network and unfortunately it’s not doing that great. Same goes for Mobpartner (Cheetah Media Link). AdMob has one of the best RoI and that why I was pressing up on them. The other option that I haven’t tried but would like to till this issue is fixed is InMobi. Unfortunately, there’s no direct integration for it inside GoodBarber. Is there a way your help team can help me with its setup? We can then continue this over GoodBarber’s support system.

            P.S. It’s already a month since this issue with AdMob came in to light and as you mentioned, the customers should not look at another 1 week atleast for the solution. Would request you to speak to your engineering team and help us resolve this issue is earliest.. The customer understands the constraints, but patience does not. Crux: As customers, we cannot have 2 months looking for a solution around a key monetisation bug.

            P.P.S. We thoroughly test the version before uploading them to the PlayStore. The lags is owing to what your support team mentioned as increasing content / categories in the app (which I think is an issue in itself. Let’s take it for discussion some other day. I have already talked about it in the first comment of this thread).

            Thanks for listening to prompt replies…


          • Hi Shalin,

            Again, I’m sorry for that situation, but GoodBarber is a service used by thousand of users, each one with their specific requests and priority, and we have too as a company that needs to grow.
            We are aware of this problem and we will try to solve it, but there are lots of things implied that doesn’t allowed us to stop everything we are doing right now to focus on the AdMob issues. If it was a simple thing it will have been already fixed.
            This is how we work and this is how we manage to offer a complete tool, with beautiful designed apps, for a very small price.

            We do not have the SDK of InMobi, I’m sorry.
            Other then Admob, for Android, we offer: Mobpartner, Swelen, smaato, mobfox, adtech, facebook, sofialys, sfp and smart+.

            In you back office or in our Blog you can find some help to set the account. Anyway, our support service will help you out in case you will have some doubts.

            Concerning the last point, you app has a lot of content and sections, and since GoodBarber app are available in offline mode too, they will download a part of the content during the launch so that users will able to access the contente even without internet connection. More the content to download is, slower will be the app at the begging.
            If you try to work with Categories instead of section it might speed up the app.
            If you want to have a deep example of this you can write to the support asking “How can I use categories instead of sections to organize my content”.


          • Arianna, I’m sorry to say but that is what makes me disappointed with GoodBarber as a customer. Let me tell you why:

            – You mentioned about “specific request”. Specific Request? Are we sure about it? When the bug is about one of the biggest mobile ad networks (and that means, used by a considerable mass), I don’t think it qualifies as a “specific request”. And I’m not even going to the point that this bug jeopardises the AdMob account of your customers (running the risk of AdMob a/c’s ban since the bug results in violating the implementation policy of AdMob).

            – I understand GoodBarber is a SaaS company and serves thousands of customers with a single codebase but that in no way qualifies for the statement it’s not a priority. And let’s not extrapolate it – As a customer I’m not saying that your engineering team should put everything aside and just focus on this bug. What I’m simply requesting is, “Can we expect this bug to be resolved in another 3-4 weeks?” And I’m sure with it, it will be a minimum of 2 months from the time the bug was noticed and fixed. And if that too also your team can’t commit to, I’m sure what more should I expect and say. Also for your reference, GoodBarber has till not communicated to their customers (at least the ones using AdMob) that they should disable AdMob for the time-being since the implementation is against AdMob’s ToS.

            – For the lags and sluggish behaviour of the app, I will write to GoodBarber’s support team separately.

            – On using other ad networks, I can tell you from my experience (basis India but I can safely assume that it will be true for other countries too) that AdMob performs the best.. Anyways, will try InMobi since it’s ads are more relevant to Indian markets.

            Lastly, can we expect the AdMob bug to be resolved in 3-4 weeks?


          • Hi Shalin,

            the “Special request” was not the resolution of the bug but the resolution in the next week.
            Again I understand your position and I tried to be 100% honest with you so that you can change the ad network you are using now, and don’t wait until the bug has been resolved.

            I’ve already notify the developer team about this conversation and I hope too that the problem will be resolved asap, but as I said before it’s not an internal issue, so it’s not 100% in our hands.

            I will notify you into your back office when the issue will be resolved.

            I wish you a nice day


          • Sure.. I shall wait for your reply..

  • Joseph Brinas

    In my experience with DIY mobile app platforms, AppMakr is the best so far. They offer a high level of affordability, flexibility and ease-of-use in comparison to other app making platforms available in the market.

    AppMakr also supports a wide variety of platforms such as Windows, iOS and Android range of phones so that your app can be built across all major platforms and a wide range of users would be able to use the same. Plus, you can create unlimited apps for free!

  • JJ

    Hi, I’d like to create an app that is used for events so has map and calander capabilities, can you please recommend a good DIY platform? I want it to be native & ready for App Stores.
    It’s my first app so needs to be affordable to start with.
    Thanks so much!!

    • Steve

      Hi JJ, I think the best option for you would be Shoutem as it has slightly more mapping and event integrations than the other app makers. Read the full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/shoutem/
      Good luck!

      • JJ

        Thank you so much Steve!! 🙂

  • Matthew

    Hi I need an app for my fast food home delivery restaurant business I have no previous experience of app development and even after researching to find the most appropriate still seem to be in limbo and unable to decide. I would appreciate any advice or honest recommendations. Thankyou

    • Steve

      Hi Matthew, I think the most appropriate app maker for this would be Como, or Como DIY which I think it’s now being called. They have both Food Ordering and Food Delivery features, as well as quite sophisticated loyalty features which your customers may find useful. You can read our full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/como/
      Good luck!

  • matthew

    hi steve thankyou for your help I will review this and feedback to you, again really appreciate the sound advice

  • Antonio

    Hi, what app builder would you recommend for someone that doesn’t have any design experience but would like to build apps for his small business clients(restaurants, plumbers, electricians, etc.) and be able to charge a monthly fee to his clients.

    I am able to outsource any image designs that would need to be added but am looking for something that will be intuitive and easy to use, drag and drop sort of thing. These apps wouldn’t be high use since they aren’t game apps. In other words, they wouldn’t receive a lot of daily visitors. Push notifications would be needed of course for each app. Preferably a white label reseller option with a set monthly fee for unlimited apps and push notifications.

    Thank you!

    • Steve

      Hi Anotonio, I’d recommend going with our highest rated app maker GoodBarber, and using their reseller program. The builder is one of most easy to use, and the designs templates look very professional. Read our full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/goodbarber/
      Good luck!

  • chinedu adewale zubairru

    hi, i want to build an app where people can register, send pictures to a particular group, and listen to music

  • rasha alnuwaiser

    I’m planing to build a game app but I’m not sure which of these is more suitable ? and which one support Arabic language ?

    • Steve

      Hi Rasha, only Gamesalad allow you to create a game app. I don’t have personal experience with this one, though, but feel free to check it out and let us know.

    • rasha alnuwaiser

      It is not a complected game just cards and words ? I don’t need anything from user just press the button .. Do you thing gamesalad is the best choice ?

  • rasha alnuwaiser

    And I don’t need a lot of anamition

    • Steve

      Hi Rasha, yes I think only GameSalad will be allow you to do this still.

  • Joe

    I’m looking for the best app builder that will allow you to assign a favorites option to any given page and that page be listed in a favorites tab…. Any suggestions?

    • Steve

      Hi Joe, you can do this easily with GoodBarber, we’ve been using this feature ourselves in the app we’ve created. You can read our full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/goodbarber/
      Good luck!

      • Joe

        Steve, thanks for the quick response! Another quick question- the app is mainly informational with the main being a menu style, with a submenu having a more detailed menu listing that links to a page for each item with a picture and summary of that item…. its not a workout app but very similar setup to what most of the workout apps look like, where the user would select a muscle group from a menu, which would lead them to a menu of specific workouts that you could select a specific workout with instructions on how to do that workout. It’s the specific workout pages I would like to be able to “favorite”

        I could be mistaken but it doesn’t seem like good barber is set to allow a flow like this… Any suggestions? Or do I need to play around with their system a little more. Thanks.

        • Steve

          Hi Joe, I do know that you can have a couple of layers of menus, but I’m not sure if they go as deep as you need. Anything that you have as, say, an article, you can favorite though.
          I would suggest taking this question to GoodBarber, as they can tell you in more specific terms if this kind of structure would be possible.

  • Vik

    Hey, i just need simple funtion on app that could took pictures with phone and upload them to gallary. Any suggestions?

    • Steve

      Hi Vik, GoodBarber has a ‘Submit’ feature that allows your users to submit photos, but then these have to be approved and uploaded by the developer. Hope this helps.

  • Antariksh Dwivedi

    i need to store user’s captured location, like if they visit a restaurant and willingly want to share their coarse and real gis data. suggest an online app builder paid and non paid, else suggest me whether i should go to a developer for such demands??

    • Steve

      Hi Antariksh, I’m not sure it’s possible to capture that specific location from an app builder. I think you may need a developer to organise one like this.

  • A27

    Hi, I want to create an app that helps horse owners manage their horses by logging recorded training times, schedule Farrying appointments, etc. I want it to be a fun app that lets the owners earn points for doing certain tasks, such as grooming. I also use an app that has random facts that pop up ever so often and I think that would be cool to implement as well. I have tried several app makers so far, including ShoutEm, and have not found one that really fits. Any suggestions?

    • Steve

      Hi there, I would say that if you’ve tried Shoutem and they didn’t have everything you required, then it’s possible that your app has functions that are too complex for an app maker. You could try GoodBarber, keeping in mind that they will be releasing Open Product soon, which will mean you can use their platform for all the functions they provide, and then perhaps find a cost effective programmer to create extra functions to ‘plug in’ to the app. This may be a good happy medium, instead of going the full programmer route. You can read more about it here: http://blog.goodbarber.com/GoodBarber-introduces-GoodBarber-Open-Product-AppDays-2015_a709.html

      • Dimitar

        you are spamming your blog as well a 🙂

  • Hi Steve.. I see that you recommend GoodBarber for being the highest rated app maker over here.. That might be the case in the history but my recent experiences with them have been nothing short of disappointing. I can post the whole conversation / discussion thread over here but here’s the brief:

    – [I have mentioned it earlier also over here] There was a major monetisation bug in their app which did put their customer’s AdMob accounts at risk for violating “Ad Implementation Policies”. The team not only failed to inform anyone in regards to this but when I drew their attention to it, they didn’t inform their users about it – even after that. As we all know, AdMob still is a major player in the mobile advertising domain and owing to this bug, you have had to switch-off one of the most profitable ad units (interstitials).

    – Their customer support has become highly disappointing – it takes them at least 48 hours and a reminder as a new ticket to get a response these days.

    – Their CEO promises for a solution in 2 weeks and then you do not hear from even after the time’s up.

    – Lastly, the AdMob bug has been there for more than 2 months and team does not fix it citing that they have several other priorities too (talk of interest alignment I’d say).

    Steve, I really find it difficult to recommend GoodBarber these days (and in no possible ways I think they now enjoy higher ratings). And I’m not saying this because they made me go through all these hassles but sharing this honest feedback with your readers and you to consider this before going for GoodBarber.

    If you have any questions, buzz me on Twitter at @shalinjain27



    • Steve

      Hi Shalin, I understand your issues, as stated previously, and I’m sorry you’re still experiencing them.
      Whilst I agree with you that support can be a little slow, that, together with monetization, is still only a small part of what we look at when reviewing an app maker.
      Overall it’s still, in our opinion, the best looking, most user-friendly app maker on the market. We use GoodBarber ourselves and we’re happy with them.

      • Steve, thanks for the reply. I get your point.. Just wanted to make it clear for the ones who feel that monetisation of the app (generating revenues via ads) is important for them, esp. via Google AdMob.. And support at GoodBarber over the last couple of has been nothing short of abysmal.. It has been almost 4 days trying to reach out to them but they haven’t cared to reply back to the tickets. And I can see that they have read it but didn’t reply. And let me tell you, this is not the first time it has happened.

        Functionality-wise GoodBarber is definitely good and that’s why we did go ahead with them a year back. But with these issues with monetisation and support (and it has been going on for more than 2 months now), I feel it’s important to consider them while signing up with GoodBarber.

        I recently checked Shoutem again and trust me, they have up their game – design, out-of-the-box features as well as support. I shall surely suggest you to check them once again.


        • J.Lewis

          I completely agree. I’ve tried to use GoodBarber and they are terrible. Their tech support could have easily assisted with my issue, in fact their website even advertises that they offer the fix for my issue, yet they were completely unwilling to help. Their lack of responsiveness and unwillingness to help cost my business and I will never forget the names who I spoke with at GoodBarber. I am extremely disappointed with my experience with them and will never forget how they made me feel.

          • Hi there! We’re happy to follow up on this issue for you with one of our contacts at GoodBarber. Could you please tell us the name of your app and what the issue was about?
            As mentioned previously, we built an app with GoodBarber ourselves and it’s true that their support can be slow. But in general things get resolved.

  • fritz

    Hi, I need to integrate a “submit” function for requests. This should involve simple drop down selections and one space for free text, as you would find in filling out online forms. How can I do this? Thank you!

    • Steve

      Hi Fritz, this is something that is possible within the forms section of most app makers. GoodBarber have quite a flexible forms section, allowing you to create drop down sections and free text, which suits your needs perfectly. Read the full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/goodbarber/

      • Dimitar

        again the same spammer

  • Bridget

    Hi! I have a few weird things I’m looking for. I have read about EVERY app maker out there and I can’t decide what to do!! I am looking to make an app that will allow me to pair audio with a photo. Even better, a person has to click on the photo to hear audio. Also, is there a way to make a form that will send the results to the user? Or complete a checklist and save the responses in the app? I think these are both difficult to do. THHANKS!!!

    • Steve

      Hi Bridget, yes these functions are a little beyond the scope of app maker capabilities I’m afraid.
      You could probably create a form of sorts, like a checklist, within an app maker like GoodBarber, but I think you’d have to manually send the results to users from the backend. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      • Bridget

        Thanks for your response! Do you know of any app makers that let you add audio to pictures. Like, if you click on the picture, it will play an MP3 file? Thanks again for your help!!

        • Steve

          Not that I’m aware of Bridget, sorry!

  • Dimitar

    Hey Robert Brandl, really nice and detailed article gj. My only remark will be that you should enlarge and refine the list, there are a lot of changes to the above mentioned app builders. Some of them do not function hat good anymore and there are other new app builders, which provide a higher quality UI and UX. Otherwise good work 🙂

  • Petr

    Hello Robert! What do you think of this platform? https://www.effortix.com It offers an easy way to build and manage a mobile catalog and many other features that help small businesses benefit from mobile apps.

  • kane robinson

    whats the best platform to use for loyalty cards/coupons/discounts etc?

    • Hi Kane, Como has a clear focus on loyalty features. You can learn more about it in our full review: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/como/

    • kane robinson

      i think its also worth noting that GoodBarber kind of promised me that a loyalty card feature was imminent (around 4 weeks ago now) but when i asked them via twitter there is nothing set in stone regarding this feature.

  • Kathleen

    I’m helping my son develop a mobile website or app for his college business course. I have built two websites with squarespace but for this one his needs are: it will be for events; push texts in case event location gets moved, mapping, calendar. Ideally it would have a community page where photo’s could be shared. There would be a charge; either by buying the app or maybe charge for the service of the events and any changes that occur to the event. Any ideas?

    • Steve

      Hi Kathleen, I would say for those features your best bet would be Shoutem, because they have the added community features also. Read our full review here: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/shoutem/

      • Kathleen

        Thanks Steve. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  • Peta Smartz

    Thank you for taking the time to write this article. I have two questions:
    1) what would be the best platform to build a simple app that gives the user a few lines of text every day for 30 days?
    2)what do you think of MIT app inventor?

    • Steve

      Hi Peta, hmm depends if you mean via the app or as a push notification? If it’s the latter, then all of our app makers would suffice. If it’s the former, then I’m not sure. Would it be text that is only available on that day? Or would it be accessible the entire time?
      For number two, I haven’t actually used the MIT app inventor much, but I’ve played around with it and it’s a lot more abstract than the app makers we review, and may be difficult for beginners to get their head around.

      • Wow thats quick feedback. Its the former, text within the app, kind of like a journal.
        The text would appear on day 1 and then new text on day 2 but you will still be able to see the day 1 text.
        And so on until day 30

        • Steve

          Hi Peta, to be honest I’m not sure if you can slowly reveal content like that. What I would suggest, though, is ask the app makers directly as they have a better idea and perhaps have had someone create a similar app. I’d try GoodBarber first, but you might want to ask Shoutem too, as they have some interesting features and are pretty quick to respond. Good luck!

          • Thank you for the advice 🙂

          • Dimitar

            nice similar suggestions about GoodBarber haha spamer

  • ant

    Which app builder is best for creating fitness apps? to upload workouts, diets etc

    • Steve

      Hi Ant, if you’re going to be adding workouts and diets as pictures and text then I would go for our highest rated app maker GoodBarber, as it looks great and is easy to use.

    • Dimitar

      GoodBarber is promoted by this guy, when it is actually far from been the best !
      Pls just take a look at Steve’s answers 😀 he did recommend and posted GoodBarber link 50 times:D:D

      They have purposefully avoid mentioning the biggest player within the Mobile App Builders industry ShopGate. I do not care about any links or backlinks
      Check out AppMixture as well, they can build native mobile apps (just compare an app from GoodBarber with ShopGate or Appmixture and see for yourself)

  • Dimitar

    Guys This is the reason why all website and forums are becoming less and less trustworthy, because of spammers like Steve. He is posting infinite links and suggestions about GoodBarber. Do you think he is trying to help or spam when 30% of all comments are his and all of them have a link to GoodBarber?

    If you want to do something to prevent such people from spamming a good article PLEASE FLAG HIM and report this guy

  • karen Tsang

    Hi, I hoping to design a mobile apps for Math flash cards. Which apps development tools will be good for that?

    • Steve

      Hi Karen, I’m not sure if any of the app makers have a direct ability to do this. But one that may work, as you can add a java feature, would be AppMachine. Good luck!

  • Andrew Windle

    Hello, this is a great article. I have been looking into iPad app development for a while now & still haven’t found the best solution.. I’m looking to ideally use Indesign’s interactive publishing features for a landscape only iPad ‘app’. It will be used as a sales tool to gain interest from investors, with the overall aim of expanding their hotel portfolio. The budget isn’t huge. I began using In5 but the amount of background app development requirements was off putting for someone new to this area when compared to some of these options. The app would need to be able to be used offline as a native app and have downloadable updates. Any help on the best way to go about this would be much appreciated.

    I hope this all makes sense. Thank you in advance, Andrew

    • Hi Andrew, it’s generally not a problem to create iPad apps with the app makers we show in this article. Most of them have iPad support. I don’t think you would be able to offer any downloadable updates. Keep in mind that the app makers will probably feel a lot more restrictive than Indesign.

      • Andrew Windle

        Hi Robert, thank you for your quick reply. By downloadable updates I mean multiple issues, or almost like an updated version of the app (due to likely client amends after it is published). As this is internal this would not be a problem. Thank you

  • Sion Mars

    i want to know the different between these app makers and android studio and unity
    thank u.

    • Hi Sion, to be honest, I’ve never used either of these tools. But first glance Android Studio looks a lot more technical than an app maker. What’s more is that with the tools in this article you can generate an app for both Android and iOS. Some of them even do Windows Phone.

  • Emma Haffenden

    Brilliant article, thank you.
    I’d love to know how to get to any features that allow activity tracking, e.g. using maps/GPS. Do you know of any app builders that include this?
    Many thanks

    • Hi Emma, as far as I know the app makers that we’ve tested don’t enable you to track visitor’s locations unless they use something like a check-in feature. Shoutem has such a functionality: http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/shoutem/

      • Emma Haffenden

        Hi Robert,

        Thank you for your reply, I’ll have a look at the link. What I meant was something like Strava does, enabling the user to sync their fitness band or upload data on their activities, such as distance, speed, route (e.g. running)

        • You’re welcome. I am afraid you won’t be able to do something like this with an app maker. That’s fairly complex and will require custom coding.

  • Oriah

    Out of the app makers you did test, which one would be ideal for creating an appointment app for a vet hospital? And do you know if any of them sync with google calendars? Thanks for doing all this leg work on a relatively new platform 🙂

    • Steve

      Ho Oriah, I would suggest possibly Como DIY as they have several scheduling integration options, and you can sync your Google calendar via their ‘Events’ feature. Good luck!

  • Rudolph Kotze

    Hi, I’ve got some questions related to two apps that I’d like to build… The first app is a simple one where the user enters a keyword and the app searches for the info in the corresponding database. The second app will be more of a ‘guide book’. So it should have a searchable list with corresponding info and multimedia. This app should also be able to geotag the photo. Please could you help by suggesting the correct app tools for the job?



    • Steve

      Hi Rudolph, in regards to the first app, it really depends what form your database takes. But basically all the app makers we review have a search function, so as a start I’d recommend GoodBarber.
      In regards to your second app, the same applies as above, you can search your content with most app makers. I don’t think there are any app makers that allow you to directly geotag photos, but with GoodBarber you can use the map function to locate a place and then connect a post/information to that, so that may work for what you need. If you want a more concrete idea of this, you can check out the Barcelona Museums app which is a guide book of sorts we helped create using GoodBarber.

  • Jeanne Nangle

    Can you recommend the best app maker for a children’s mobile app?

    • Steve

      Hi Jeanne, it really depends what kind of app you want to make. Could you be a little more specific?

  • Matthew Decker

    you can recommend an app, where one can make it so that people answer questions and it will give them ideas to solve the problem, it will all be an in house answers, no need for the app to go online to find the answers?

    • Steve

      Hi Matthew, there may be a way to do this using java within an app maker, as questionnaires are not a regular feature of app makers. The best one with the java feature would be AppMachine. Good luck.

  • davis

    I would like to build app for small and meduim companies in all sort of businesses, which is the best best white label reseller app builder with more features for both customers and resseller

    • Steve

      Hi Davis, unfortunately we haven’t tried out the reseller options for the app makers we’ve reviewed, due to various reasons. But the basically all have this option. I would recommend looking at our list of app makers and starting from the top rated! http://www.apptooltester.com/reviews/

  • Steve

    Hi Aiwa,
    If you want to create a news-style app, all of the app makers we review allow you to have an RSS-feed option, but this of course relies on the fact you already have a source of news you want to share. In this way, you could probably create a similar app to Inshorts if, for example, you were updating a news-content site often. As most app makers offer this option, perhaps first try GoodBarber.
    I’m afraid that something like Flipboard, though, would be too complicated for an app maker, more in terms of design etc. Good luck!

  • GBKK


    Really helpful reviews.

    In your experience, is it possible to build an ios/ android app where users have the option of downloading audio files (from podcast feeds/ soundcloud) that they can then to listen to when they are offline?

    Thanks in advance

    • Steve

      Hi there,
      I think technically this is possible, as long as your file is hosted somewhere other than the backend of the app (app makers normally don’t have provision for this). So, for example, you could create a link (URL), perhaps in an HTML block, that takes someone to a download of your file.
      I’m not sure if there are direct capabilities to have someone download directly from within the app though. BUT if you wanted to use Soundcloud, for example, as long as the track is available for download from the player, you could probably embed the player within your app, allowing the person to download it directly.
      I hope this makes sense! Good luck.

  • Hi,

    Are there any app creator platforms that allow one to build their own social network with a points or leveling up / achievement system?



    • Steve

      Hi Justin,
      There’s perhaps not ‘leveling up’ within the app makers I’ve tested, but there are definitely loyalty programs which may work for what you need. For these options I’d probably check out Shoutem or Como DIY. There’s the possibility of customizing these offers, so perhaps you can make it work for what you need!

      • Thank you Steve. What if my current website has online and Ebook courses? Is there anyway to sync those with some of these app makers or there event calendars?



        • Steve

          No worries. It depends by what you mean by sync. App makers have video capabilities (if you mean video courses?), and also event calendars, so it’s possible that you will find what you need. For these extras, I’d recommend Shoutem over Como.

          • Hi Steve,
            I mean syncing in reference to users. On my site, these are courses for paid members, so not sure how to connect the app makers user registration with my current one. Maybe there’s also a really simple method to do this.

            My current courses don’t have dates, do they just run for 12 weeks once one starts the course. However, if there was a way to sync the calendar, with the lessons, that could make this an easy task.

          • Steve

            Ok well I’m pretty sure you can create private sections within your app that people (say, your paid users) can access if you give them permission. The only issue is that I’m not entirely sure if Shoutem offer this option. You could get in touch with them to find out. I do know that GoodBarber do offer this kind of user access management, though, so perhaps it’s worth checking them out too!

            In regards to the calendar syncing, I’m not sure if you can add in the times for users, you might just need to keep your own calendars in the backend and manually restrict access after 12 weeks…but I would recommend getting in touch with them to ask, because they often have some ideas of ways you might be able to get around it. Good luck!

  • Sonya

    Hi Robert and everyone,

    I am a complete novice, a real technophobe if you like, but I’ve been sitting on an idea that I’ve had for quite some time now. Every now and then I search to see if anyone is doing what I want to do in my app and no one is doing it. So lately I’ve been thinking more seriously about developing my app idea.

    I’m reading this blog at night, it’s 1am here so I have to come back and read through it again tomorrow, but I just want to know if anyone can tell me is there an app building service that I can use which will allow me to base my app on an already existing online atlas/ maps like for example Google Maps. I. Ask this because my idea is related to travel and I have limited funding so using an already existing digital atlas or maps is the only way I will be able to make this happen. OK I’m not drunk I swear and I know that question is likely making me seem crazy right now, but I assure you I’m not! 🙂 thanks in advance

    • Steve

      Hey Sonya, it’s not a crazy question at all 🙂
      Basically all app makers we’ve tested have mapping capabilities, often using Google Maps. This means you can do things like create a bunch of locations on the map, with information, that people can look up and locate from where they are, for example.
      If this might the kind of thing you’re thinking of, then I’d recommend first trying out GoodBarber and you could perhaps also look at Shoutem too.
      Good luck!

  • Karan TrueBlue Thawrani

    Do I need coding skills to submit the app on the App Store by myself? I have no idea about coding so I’m a bit skeptical. I’m building an app via this app called “Apper”


    • Steve

      HI Karan,

      I can’t comment on ‘Apper’ as I’m not familiar with their product, but through the app makers we’ve tested it was relatively easy to submit to the app stores without any coding experience necessary. We used GoodBarber and, when submitting, they had a full step-by-step guide, which I think most good app makers should have.

      • Karan TrueBlue Thawrani

        Thanks for the quick response Steve. I searched up GoodBarber on the AppStore but turns out I need iOS8 for that (I use iOS7 currently). Could you suggest another app which works on iOS7 and would not require coding? Would help me massively.


        • Steve

          Hi Karan, these app makers are actually web tools, which mean you use them from a browser on your computer. They do have apps, but usually just for previewing your own app on your phone. For example you can click on this link and it will take you to their site. This is how you build your app, so it shouldn’t matter what operating system your phone has.
          Hope this helps!

          • Karan TrueBlue Thawrani

            Oh! Apper told me to download their app to create an app of my own. But I’ll definitely try Good Barber out first. Thanks a lot mate.

  • Nathan

    Would would be the best way to make a game app that people could download off Apple?

    • Steve

      Hi Nathan, we haven’t tested any that allow you to create games. But perhaps you could try Gamesalad mentioned above?

  • Priscilla Jaramillo

    Hi Steve!
    Do you know if there are any apps that allow you to make alerts based on your location? Within a specific radius?

    • Steve

      Hey Priscilla, actually you can do this with GoodBarber, using their iBeacons integrations, or via geofencing. Basically iBeacons allow you to create push notifications when you get close to iBeacon sensors, so these are better for say, shops and much smaller radiuses. But geofencing allows you to create push notifications when people enter (or exit) larger areas, and don’t require an iBeacon, so say when someone enters a certain city, or neighbourhood.
      I hope this makes sense, but you can read more about Geofencing here or iBeacons here.
      Good luck!

      • Priscilla Jaramillo

        Thank you so much for your answer Steve! Mmm I’m not sure it’s the same though. The idea is that people can create an alert when they lose something, which sends a notification to everyone close to them, so not sensors but a community thing… I hope this is clear…

        • Steve

          Hi Priscilla, hmm this sounds a bit more complicated I’m afraid. I don’t think any of the app makers have this kind of capability, it would require specific coding I believe. There are community features on some app makers, but none with this kind of group-localisation alert/messaging functionality that I’m aware of sorry!

  • Pablo Ribeiro

    Hi Steve…
    Thank you for the article.
    I really liked the GoodBarber, but as you said it has a lack of eCommerce tools. The thing is, I just need to create a menu with “food plans” delivered every week, these food signatures will be charged on credit card… Do you think if I sign up for the Advanced tool it will give me all I need to do my sales?
    And my last question… Can I start my app with a LOGIN / SIGN IN and maybe use Facebook or Google to sign in?
    Thank you in advance.

    • Steve

      Hi Pablo, to be honest, for what you’re after I think GoodBarber is almost there, but not quite just yet. This is because the only ecommerce options you have are via an Amazon, Shopify or Etsy store. BUT they have stated that Paypal is arriving soon, and if that’s the case then it could work out for you. So I’d get in touch and ask them about it before signing up to the Advanced plan. You can add the user features to create logins also, so that’s not a problem.
      For another option, in the meantime, AppMachine offer Paypal, and user login abilities, but please check with them first because we had a recent comment saying that they were having trouble with the user features.
      Good luck!

      • Pablo Ribeiro

        Thank you so much Steve… It is funny you recommending AppMachine, it was my second choice, but I really liked the Geofance at GoodBarber… I’m going to get in touch with them and explain everything. I saw the PayPal option on their FAQ, I’ll double check that. Thank you once again.