App Builders

Article Last Updated:
October 8, 2021

Want to build a mobile app without coding? We've curated the best list of tools that will let you create a mobile app, without needing any technical skills and without learning to write code. These platforms will let you build anything from a social networking app to a two-sided marketplace app like AirBnB, no code required!

Adalo Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Adalo

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

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

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Glide

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Create a mobile app by using just a spreadsheet

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Stacker

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Customer Portals and Internal Tools powered by your Airtable or Google Sheets

Our Verdict

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!

Learn to Build Apps Without Coding

A fully-functioning app in weeks,
without spending $1000s or learning to write code

Backendless Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Backendless

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

No-Code Visual App Development Platform

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Bravo Studio

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Build native apps from your design tool. Without Code.

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Betty Blocks

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

The #1 Citizen Development Platform for Enterprises

Our Verdict

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.

Bubble Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Bubble

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

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

Our Verdict

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!

Fliplet Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Fliplet

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

The smart way to create custom apps

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Stage

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

The easiest way to design and prototype mobile apps

Our Verdict

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!

AppMachine Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

AppMachine

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Quick mobile apps for your small business

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Dropsource

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Visually create powerful, data-driven and native mobile apps

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Thunkable

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Enabling anyone to create beautiful and powerful mobile apps.

Our Verdict

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!

Shoutem Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Shoutem

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Easy mobile apps with a premium look and feel

Our Verdict

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!

Progressier Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Progressier

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

Complete push & install solution for your no-code app

Our Verdict

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

Voiceflow Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Voiceflow

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

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

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Gappsy

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

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

Our Verdict

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 Screenshot
Our Top Pick!

Xano

Image of Mobile Phone, indicating this tool supports the publishing of mobile apps
Image of a Progressive Web App Installation Icon, indicating this tool supports the publishing of progressive web apps (PWAs)
Image of a Web Browser, indicating this tool supports the publishing of web apps

The Fastest way to build a Backend without code

Our Verdict

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!

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About the Author

I'm Nile Frater - The Founder and managing director of NoCode.Tech, as well as the Instructor on our NoCode University education platform

I have over 8 years of experience in the No-Code industry and have tried, tested and reviewed ov er 250+ NoCode, LowCode and Zero-Code platforms. With a history of teaching No-Code in organisations big and small and running this website for over 3 years, I've helped thousands of people choose the right No-Code tool for them or their project.

Previous to running NoCode.Tech, I've held positions in startups and large organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group. I've also delivered countless workshops and podcast interviews on the NoCode ecosystem and consult regularly for teams building the next generation of No-Code Platforms. Let me know if I can help you too!

Nile Frater

Managing Director, NoCode.Tech