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Apps

Kinvey Studio uses apps to organize code and resources on your local hard drive. You should create a new Kinvey Studio app for each separate project that you have.

Most app resources are stored on your local file system, allowing easy integration with your source control system of choice. Exception include data and server-side code stored in your app's Kinvey backend.

App Structure

Each Kinvey Studio app consists of modules. Modules allows you to logically group and organize your code.

Each new application that you create includes a single module called Application. It contains foundational views and settings such as the app layout, the front and login pages, and so on.

The Application Module cannot be deleted.

You are not allowed to add views to the Application module. You need to create at least one more module and add to it.

Starting a Kinvey Studio App

  1. On the Kinvey Studio main screen, click the plus sign in the upper-left corner.
  2. In App Name, give your app a descriptive name.
  3. In Location, select a new location for your app files on your local file system if you are not happy with the default.
  4. In Description, give the app an optional extended description.
  5. From Kinvey Backend, select the type of backend you want:

    • Create a Sample Kinvey Backend App—creates a new app with a single Development environment in your Kinvey account and populates it with sample data representing a basic automobile app.

      This option is good for getting started with Kinvey Studio or for quickly testing various scenarios.

    • Create a Blank Kinvey Backend App—creates a new app with a single Development environment in your Kinvey account without any data in it.

    • Use Existing Kinvey Backend App—allows you to select a backend app and environment that have been created previously.
  6. Finally, click Create App to generate the app files in the selected folder.

See Data Services to learn how to control what the Kinvey Studio app sees of the backend data.

Opening the Application Folder

  1. On the Kinvey Studio main screen, hover the application card and click the gear icon.
  2. In the menu that appears, click Reveal.

The folder on your local computer that contains the project files opens in your default file manager.

Deleting Applications

  1. On the Kinvey Studio main screen, hover the application card and click the gear icon.
  2. In the menu that appears, click Remove and then confirm the deletion.

Deleting the Kinvey Studio application removes all application files from the local machine but leaves any application resources on the Kinvey backend intact. If you want to free up resources on the backend as well, go to Kinvey Console and delete them.

Exporting Applications

  1. On the Kinvey Studio main screen, hover the application card and click the gear icon.
  2. In the menu that appears, click Export.
  3. Select a location in which to export the application.

A zip archive containing all the current files from the application folder is saved in the selected location. Note that this archive does not contain any backend data or code.

Importing Applications

  1. On the Kinvey Studio main screen, click the Import icon.
  2. Browse to the directory where you have extracted a zip archive containing a previously exported Kinvey Studio application and select it.

Duplicating an Application

  1. On the Kinvey Studio main screen, hover the application card and click the gear icon.
  2. In the menu that appears, click Duplicate.
  3. In the Duplicate App dialog box, change the application attributes that you want, such as the Name.
  4. Click Duplicate App.
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