Create app launchers or launch apps and URLs from AppSheet apps

About app launchers

If you have used AppSheet's App Gallery, you know the value of having a list of apps that you can easily access from a single app. 

You can create your own app launcher that launches AppSheet apps. This allows you to create a suite of solutions. It simplifies deployment because you can now deploy one app and simply change a back-end spreadsheet to add or update other apps.

Sample app launcher

The Custom App Launcher is a sample app launcher that you can use as an example to build your own.

App launcher example

Watch a video

Watch this video to learn how to create an app launcher.

How to Make and Customize an App Launcher | AppSheet>

Create an app launcher

  1. Create a spreadsheet table for the app launcher.
    An app launcher table has three fields.
    • App Name: Name of the app.
    • Image: Public URL for the image or a reference to a file in your cloud provider. See Display images and documents.
    • App Link: App name you obtain from the link to the app. For example, if the link to the application URL is https://www.appsheet.com/template/showdef?appName=ClassAssignments-71626, enter ClassAssignments-71626 in this field.

      Table including App Name, Image, and App Link columns
  2. Create the app launcher app using the spreadsheet.
    In the editor click My Apps > + Make a new app to create the app launcher application. Select the table you created in step 1.
  3. Open the app launcher in the editor.
    Select Data > Columns and ensure that the columns have the proper column types.
    Column Type
    App Name Name
    Image Image or Thumbnail
    App Link App
  4. Ensure a view of type gallery, table, or deck is present.
  5. Save the application.

The linked app will load when you click or tap on the image in the app launcher application.

The app name (for example, ClassAssignments-71626) is actually a link to the initial view of the named app. Instead of starting with the initial view, you can specify deep links to specific views of the app. For example, you can:

  • Open the app with a specific view displayed
  • Navigate to a different view in the current app

See App column type (deep link).

URL launcher

You can create your own URL launcher application that launches web sites based on the web site's URL.

To create a URL launcher:

  1. Create a spreadsheet table for the URL launcher.
    The URL launcher table has three fields.
    • URL Name: Name of the URL.
    • Image: Public URL for the image or a reference to a file in your cloud provider. See Display images and documents.
    • URL Link: URL you wish to launch.

  2. Create the URL launcher app.
    In the editor click My Apps > + Make a new app to create the URL launcher application. Select the table you created in step 1.
  3. Open the URL launcher in the editor.
    Select Data > Columns and ensure that the columns have the proper column types.
    Column Type
    URL Name Name
    Image Image or Thumbnail
    URL Link URL
  4. Ensure a view of type gallery, table, or deck is present.
  5. Save the application.

The website will load when you click/tap on the web site's image in the URL Launcher application.

Launch an app from a provided URL

You can provide a URL to users of an app by email or other media and direct them to a given view in an app that is already installed. This can be accomplished by providing an AppSheet URL.

For example:

appsheet-acabc9d8-3bf0-4de9-956e-1278249066c8://#View=MyFavoriteView

The URL is constructed as follows:

  • appsheet- prefix
  • appId which can be found in at Manage > Integrations > IN: from cloud services to your app
  • ://#View= followed by the name of the view you want the app to display
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