September 22, 2022

App Builders

Want to build a mobile app without coding? The tools in this list will help you with that – whether you're looking to create a social networking app or a two-sided marketplace. No coding required.

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Best for mobile apps
Adalo

Create a mobile app - as easily as putting together a slide deck.

Best for business apps
Stacker

Customer portals and Internal Tools powered by your data

Best for designers
Bravo Studio

Build native apps from your design tool. Without Code.

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When considering a no-code tool, we always recommend taking 4 key factors into account:

Ease of use. How easy is it for a non-technical person with no coding skills to use this tool to make apps? Is there a big learning curve? Can someone who has a basic grasp of Microsoft Office also get a grasp of this tool? Or does it require a lot of up-front training? This is perhaps the most important factor to consider.

Flexibility. How much flexibility does this tool have in terms of what you can build? Can it handle complex decision-making behind the scenes and allow you to bring any app idea to life without any coding at all?

We award extra points here for tools which allow you to integrate with other tools for extra functionality, or let you add your own custom code. Consider whether or not all of your desired functionality is supported by a tool before you use it.

Design freedom. Does the tool give you full freedom to bring a design to life? Not all no-code tools have complete flexibility. Remember, this can be a double-edged sword. If you're not confident in your design abilities, you may wish to pick a tool with less design freedom, as often these tools will set beautiful defaults for you.

Glide is a great example of this. You can customise the branding colours and the order of components, but Glide ensures your design stays looking like a proper app appropriate for either the iOS or Android platform.

Cost-effectiveness. Simply, how affordable is this tool? Remember, this can get complex. Some tools will start with a trial while you build, but charge you to publish your app live. Other tools have specific limits, such as a certain number of records in your database or not being able to integrate other tools into your app without paying extra. As long as you can afford the lower tier plans and have a solid monetisation for your app, don't worry too much about scaling or long term costs as often you'll have income in future to supplement these.

Remember: A low score in any one category does not mean the tool is bad. For example, a tool with a high ease of use, but low flexibility and design freedom could simply indicate that this tool is incredible easy to use and perfect for a beginner. It could also mean the tool is focused on being the best tool on the market for a very specific type of app, like a portal or marketplace.

Make sure you check out our individual reviews for more information.

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App Builders

Adalo
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Create a mobile app - as easily as putting together a slide deck.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Adalo
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In my line of work (reviewing tools), it's important not to play favourites - But Adalo really is, hands-down, my favourite NoCode tool.

If you're super-new to NoCode, Adalo does have a bit of a learning curve, and it's certainly not the cheapest app builder either - But those who invest in Adalo will find a super-capable, super-flexible and down-right FUN mobile and web app builder at their fingertips.

Glide
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build a powerful, data-driven app or website, without writing a line of code.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Glide
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Glide is hands-down the most accessible and easiest-to-use no-code mobile app building platform out there!

While lacking total design freedom, Glide makes any app look beautiful by default and every app it creates is available as a "Progressive Web App" - meaning it can be used on both mobile and web!

Stacker
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Customer portals and Internal Tools powered by your data

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Stacker
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Stacker is incredibly slick, quick and easy to set up on top of your existing data sources and lets you quickly build customer or colleague portals.

Great choice for getting started quickly, especially if non-technical and not fussed about customising everything to a granular degree.

Working in a large company? THIS is the tool for you!

Backendless
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

A no-code visual app development platform

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Backendless
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Ready to get serious about app making? Backendless is the tool for you.

You can build just about anything in this tool, host it on their cloud or your own on-premise offering (great for enterprise) and then publish to the web, iOS, Android, tablet and more.

Backendless definitely has a learning curve to access all of this power, so the tool will be most accessible to you if you have some IT experience

Bravo Studio
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build native apps from your design tool. Without Code.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Bravo Studio
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Are you a Designer? Familiar with apps like Figma? Or just more comfortable designing a beautiful app in a proper design tool rather than a No-Code tool?

Bravo's got just what you need, allowing you to convert Figma designs straight into native, working apps - complete with full support for AirTable and REST APIs! Highly recommended if you want your app to be pixel-perfect!

Betty Blocks
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

The #1 Citizen Development Platform for Enterprises

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
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Betty Blocks
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Betty Blocks stand out among its peers as truly the only Enterprise-Ready "No-Code" tool. No technical knowledge required, no sneaky requirement to learn SQL or a similar "query language" and no need to dive into code to make a functional app.

If you need your non-technical staff to be capable of building software without learning to code or months and months upskilling, look no further than this Gartner Visionary.

GoodBarber
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

The easiest-to-use native nocode app builder on the Internet

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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GoodBarber
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GoodBarber surprises and delights with one of the easiest app building interfaces I've used. Their addons are packed with power, such an in-store checkout function, geolocation functionality and a full in-app e-commerce system.

If you want to build iOS/Android native apps or sell products from a mobile app without a learning curve, GoodBarber is the platform for you!

Fliplet
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

The smart way to create custom apps

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Fliplet
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Fliplet has a core philosophy: Make it quick to build apps without coding, by providing as many high-quality templates and components as possible.

Check out their gallery, you might find you can get your idea up and running with one of their components!

Stage
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

The easiest way to design and prototype mobile apps

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Stage
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Are you building an app but you're not a designer? You may have noticed that design is just as hard as coding!

Luckily, Stage has you covered - Their simple mobile app design tool lets you create professional, beautiful wireframes of your app, then allows you to export Figma to get all the info you need to recreate the design in your app builder of choice - If you're building an app, use this tool first!

Bubble
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Bubble enables anyone to design, develop, and launch powerful web apps without writing code.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
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Bubble
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Bubble has been around for a decade now and has amassed a gigantic ecosystem of templates, plugins and experts. This alone earns it a place on our list! But beyond this, Bubble has continually stood the test of time as perhaps the best tool to use for a complex app idea.

There are two catches though! Firstly, it's not the easiest tool to use, expect a learning curve! Secondly, it cannot create mobile apps by default, web only - Instead pair Bubble with a tool like Progressier or Bravo Studio to achieve a mobile app!

AppMachine
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Quick mobile apps for your small business

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
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AppMachine
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Building a restaurant, sports, school or events app? AppMachine nails these use-cases perfectly, with beautiful design and all the features you expect, like timetables, social mediate integrations and more! Quick setup, Quick results

Dropsource
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Visually create powerful, data-driven and native mobile apps

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Dropsource
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Want a mobile app built without code but don't want to do it yourself? Dropsource can do that for you! It's a great way to get a high-quality app you can still maintain and build upon yourself, without endeavouring on a full app-creation journey by yourself

Thunkable
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Enabling anyone to create beautiful and powerful mobile apps.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
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Thunkable
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Thunkable has been in the no-code space for a long time, outliving many of the other tools on this list. Why? I suspect it's stupid-simple jigsaw-style logic builder, beautiful UI components and ability to publish native apps to the iOS and Google Play stores are something to do with it!

Progressier
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Complete push & install solution for your no-code app

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Progressier
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Want to turn your web app into a Progressive Web App that anyone can download to their phone? Progressier lets you do this in one click!

What's more, you'll get push notifications, analytics to track installs and more! A No-brainer if you're turning a Bubble or Webflow app into a mobile app

Shoutem
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Easy mobile apps with a premium look and feel

Ease of use
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Design freedom
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Shoutem
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If you're building an app for a small or local business, Shoutem is a great place to start - With templates for everything from tourist guides to barbershops and features for supporting things like customer loyalty schemes and e-commerce.

If you want a simple, branded app experience - this one's for you!

Voiceflow
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Visually design, prototype and publish Alexa Skills and Google Actions without writing code.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
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Voiceflow
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If you want to build Alexa or Google Home Voice apps without coding, VoiceFlow is the best-in-class tools - and it's not even close!

Between a beautifully designed interface, incredible backend flexibility and a simple learning curve, this tool stands out in its class. Oh, and it does chatbots too!

Gappsy
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build amazing mobile apps, for only a one-off fee of $147

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Gappsy
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Firstly, if you're looking to avoid a monthly fee then Gappsy is one of the only mobile app builders offering a lifetime deal.

Gappsy is also great for apps where you don't need to control the lowest levels of workflows or database, and instead want to utilise pre-made, configurable features like contests or ecommerce.

Great for small business!

Xano
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

The Fastest way to build a Backend without code

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Xano
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Xano is a big favourite at NoCode.Tech - It's "Turing Complete" which is a nerdy term that means "You can build LITERALLY anything" with Xano.

They have a growing marketplace of templates and extensions to minimise the amount of time you need to spend building, and if you're familiar with REST APIs, you're going to feel right at home in Xano.

And if you're not? Well thankfully they've got a huge tutorial series to get you up to speed!

Not sure which tool is right for you?

Want to know which platform is the best? Check our buying criteria here then select a tool from the list below