Launching other AppSheet apps, deep links, and external urls

App Launcher

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.

The IT Apps Manager is a sample App Launcher.

 



 

Creating an App Launcher

To create an App Launcher:
 
1. Create the App Launcher spreadsheet table
 
The App Launcher is based on a table having three fields.
 
App Name Image App Link
Consultant Sample app Launcher_Images/Consultant.Image.121017.png Consultant-10305
Reporter Sample app Launcher_Images/Reporter.Image.121109.png Journalist-10305
Assignment Manager Sample app Launcher_Images/Assignment Manager.Image.120718.png SchoolWorkManager-71626
Class Assignments Sample app Launcher_Images/Class Assignments.Image.120811.png ClassAssignments-71626
Extracurricular Schedule Sample app Launcher_Images/Extracurricular Schedule.Image.121042.png ExtracurricularSchedule-71626
 
 
2. Create the App Launcher app
 
In the editor click My Apps > Make New App to create the App Launcher application. Select the table you created in step 1.
 
 
3. Open the App Launcher in the editor. Click Data > Column Structure and ensure that the columns have the proper Column Types.
  • App Name: Must have a Column Type of "Name"
  • Image: Must have a Column Type of "Image" or "Thumbnail"
  • App Link: Must have a Column Type of "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/tap on the image in the App Launcher application.
 
Using Deep Links in an App Launcher

The app name (eg: "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.

Opening other apps with a specific view showing

The App type can open an app with a specific view showing. More information: Field type: App

Navigating to a different view in the current app

The App type can link to another view within the current app. More information: Field type: App

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

Creating a URL Launcher

To create an URL Launcher:
 
1. Create the URL Launcher spreadsheet table
 
The URL Launcher is based on a table having three fields.
  • URL Name: You can give any name you wish to the URL.
  • Image: A public URL for the image or enter a reference to a file in your cloud provider. See How to add Images
  • URL Link: The URL you wish to launch.
URL Name Image URL Link
Google Images/Google.png https://google.com
Wikipedia Images/Wikipedia.png https://wikipedia.org
Wolfram Alpha Images/Wolfram.png https://www.wolframalpha.com/

 

2. Create the URL Launcher app
 
In the editor click My Apps > Make New App to create the URL Launcher application. Select the table you created in step 1.
 
 
3. Open the URL Launcher in the editor. Click Data > Column Structure and ensure that the columns have the proper Column Types.
  • URL Name: Must have a Column Type of "Name"
  • Image: Must have a Column Type of "Image" or "Thumbnail"
  • URL Link: Must have a Column Type of "Url".  
 
4. Ensure a View of type Gallery, Table, or Deck is present.
 
5. Save the application.
 
The web site will load when you click/tap on the web site's image in the URL Launcher application.
 
 
 
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