AppMachine, an app builder based in the Netherlands, is both a company and product, that exudes playfulness. From the lego-style building blocks of the editor, to its primary-coloured stylings, all the way down to their company ethos; AppMachine create a desire to be part of the fun.

Launching in mid-2013, they have helped create more than 200,000 apps so far. AppMachine do not propose to cater to a specific niche category of app, and looking at their demo apps they seem to be able to cover off most categories quite well. This is, in part, due to their relatively flexible ‘Pro’ blocks which (using ‘Excel’ and ‘Web Service’ functions) can allow for many interesting, and powerful, combinations. There are also a series of AppMachine tutorials and articles on their site to help people understand just how they can combine these blocks to create such functions. For example, how to create a travel app that can tell you the current weather in several locations at once.

AppMachine certainly looks like an interesting app builder from the outside. Let’s take a closer look at their platform and discover its pros and cons:



Includes Android, iOS and Windows platforms, 'Plus' blocks, analytics and push notifications.



All in Plus tier, as well as iPad support and 'Pro' blocks such as custom JavaScript and Excel import.


AppMachine is another very easy to use app builder. The navigation is smooth and, for a beginner, the experience is relatively intuitive. It’s also fun, which helps.

Pro options available in trial:

This should be standard amongst app builders, but some still fail to make all the tools available during the trial period. There are a few interesting blocks available for ‘Pro’ users, such as Excel and Java integration, and it’s also great to be able to see sample analytics data during the trial. In fact, you only start paying when you decide to publish, so you can have as long as you like playing around with designs and functions.

Design and templates:

AppMachine offer a whopping 92 templates to choose from. They’re also extremely flexible and offer some handy tools such as a photo-editing platform, powered by Aviary, and a downloadable photoshop design template to make it easier to upload the correct image sizes. They also offer around 13 navigable complete app templates which you can explore to help give you ideas for your own app, and how different types of blocks function.

No ad support:

Ad support isn’t available yet, which would be quite important for a lot of people, as having a way to create some kind of revenue with your first app can be difficult, especially if it’s free. They have added a linkable top banner, but this isn’t really the same as an ad platform.

Lacking HTML5 app:

There isn’t a web-based app option available yet, which might also be important for some people. It’s worth noting, though, that they have a service called ‘Impress.ly’ which seems to be a standalone HTML5 app creator, possibly a precursor to their upcoming project ‘Instant AppMachine’ which is currently in beta testing.

Some pro features are not ready:

There seems to be Pro blocks available/visible, yet on further inspection they are not ready to use quite yet. It might be better to keep them out of the builder section, or at least label them as ‘coming soon’ so as not to confuse.

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Ease of use

Easy to navigate, and also enjoyable with their playful use of Lego building blocks to signify app features.

Design, flexibility and templates

Many templates to choose from, which are mostly modern and look good. Flexible templates, with options to change the overall design globally, or just for specific blocks. Sometimes a slight loss can occur when switching between things like menu styles. There’s hundreds of fonts to choose from too, which allows you to create a unique-looking app.


The interface is available in 10 languages. Something unique they are trialling, though, is that you can create a multilingual app on the pro version. This is a great addition.

Platform Support

iOS Android Blackberry


iPad support


Available on the 'Pro' plan.

HTML 5 App


'Coming soon' to all plans.

App features

Ad support


Currently not supported. They now offer a linkable top banner on all pages, which is usually used for your logo, yet this is not the same as ad platform support.

Push notifications


Available on ‘Plus’ or ‘Pro’ plans. They have also added support to allow you to send push notifications to users outside of AppMachine by using device tokens.

Location-based Services


Using the ‘Pro’ blocks, such as ‘Excel’ and ‘Web Service’ blocks, there are several ways you can create location-based features, such as showing restaurants that are near you, or viewing the weather from 5 different locations.


There is the option of both having either a ‘products’, or ‘list’, block, which allows you to add products and prices, as well as separate links to further product info. You can then add a ‘checkout’ block that links to your products and uses PayPal integration.

RSS feed options


A ‘News/RSS feed’ block is available.

Adding your own HTML code


AppMachine have a Javascript and HTML block available on the ‘Pro’ Plan. There is also a block allowing you to add XML feeds.

Social media integration

They have the regular Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter integration, as well as the ability to add a Google + timeline. There are also some interesting options for music, including a ‘Discography’ block which allows you to allow to import directly from iTunes, or a ‘Music’ block allowing the use of SoundCloud import or a direct media RSS feed.

Loyalty features


A ‘Loyalty Card’ block is available. This allows small businesses, or shop owners, to supply customers with a QR code that can be scanned in the shop to earn the customer points which they can redeem for discounts etc. They also have an added feature that allows you to track all transactions of your customers.

Newsletter tool


No integration tool available.

Advanced Features

Team Management


You have the option to invite other people to your project within the dashboard. There doesn’t seem to a limit to how many team members you can have.



Not available at present.

API available


This is available on the ‘Pro’ plan.



There is a downloadable AppMachine Previewer and also an in-built simulator that works well.



AppMachine have good custom analytics available, with demo data you can look at while in your trial. You also have the ability to add Google Analytics.

Reseller Program


AppMachine offer two reseller options, $10 or $33 per app depending on whether you buy a bundle of 30 or 3 apps, respectively. You get a dedicated CMS that your client can also access, free of branding and connection to AppMachine. You also get a previewer, which allows your client to follow your progress on, as well as marketing materials.


The online knowledge base is thorough, and easy to navigate. Also the support via email is fast, friendly and helpful. The support team really seem interested in helping you out, even with beta features that are not available publicly yet.

Fun Factor

The design and use of lego blocks, which could come off as gimmicky, actually work well. As the editor is relatively fast and responsive, it makes for an enjoyable experience.

Overall rating


AppMachine have a good product, and while there are still a couple of features missing, the ones they do have work well and are quite diverse. The support is great and they have flexible designs.

AppMachine have done a great job with their builder and there isn’t too much to complain about really. It’s easy to use, enjoyable and it looks great. They’re a company that are still innovating, and it looks like they have a few things up their sleeve, so it will be exciting to see where they go next.

Their editor is well-designed, and apart from a couple of features that are currently lacking, they are at the top of the app-making game. Once ad platform integration is included, and all the ‘Pro’ features are fully functional, they will be hard to beat.

You just need to send a mail to support@appmachine.com and they will help you. You can also do this within your account settings. There are no fees charged at all.

It’s good to note that for monthly plans won’t be charged starting the next month, and for yearly plans won’t be charged starting the next year.

As you must have an active account for your app to remain in the stores, once you cancel, your app will be deleted from the stores.

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Yes, you can easily do both. If you’re downgrading, though, as you don’t get a refund it’s best to do this right before the end of your monthly, or yearly, subscription date.

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steve lamattina
Steve's an avid app user, and content manager by trade. His career has spanned across areas such as film, digital media and literature, with the tech and mobile world remaining a personal passion. Now he’s interested in sharing that passion with mobile app makers at the beginning of their journey, through honest reviews and content.
Oh, and he’s Australian...but don’t hold that against him.
  • Michael

    It looks very sophisticated but at the end it’s very basic and standardized.
    A lot of features are promised ‘to be available soon’ but that’s more marketing than really the case.
    E.g.: the html version was announced in 2014 to be ‘soon available’. In 2016 it was there but not as a part of the app as promised but as a new plan you have to pay for. Windows ‘ available soon’ took them 2 years and is now stopped immediately. It’s more like a standard app that looks cheap (40 euro / month) but when you have your app for about let’s say 5 years, it will cost you 2500 euros at the end for a standard product. Most of the building blocks are the same with a different title or you need to have other things to ‘ read them into your app’, kind of solution. Not bad, but not as flexible as they say. When you look at the examples of their apps they’re all the same with a different image and color.

    • Steve

      Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. I have noticed that sometimes you do need to ask them about a feature and only then do they make it available for your app and I agree this is not ideal.

  • Steve

    Hi Mohamad, thanks for the comment! As far as I’m aware, AppMachine still don’t offer either of these. So I’d recommend trying out GoodBarber if these features are important to you!

  • Jose Ramon Perez

    Hey, does appmachine offer the same as shoutem? See I’m looking to start an app where I can send out financial investment tips but also build a community. Also, it won’t be a free app, it will have a free trial, and then charge a set amount a month.

    Any help?

    • Steve

      Hi Jose, it’s probably best if you look at our side-by-side comparison to see the differences between AppMachince and Shoutem: https://apptooltester.com/app-builder-reviews/
      And just a heads up about monthly subscription, this is quite hard to do with apps and is not normally offered as an option in the app store. So you may need to figure out another way of charging people for your app. Good luck!

    • Hi Jose, if there’s something we can help you with or if you have any questions if something is achievable with Shoutem platform, feel free to reach out at support@shoutem.com 🙂

  • Christian

    Hi, I am currently looking at making an app and have no idea where to start. I would like to include user registration, Location services, e-commerce, facebook and instagram integration. I expect to have several redesigns and would I be able to use my own images/graphics at a later stage. I’ve looked through the several apps you have reviewed what would you recommend as it seams that none have mentioned the ability to sign up a user.

  • AppMachine Team

    Hi, AppMachine recently released ad support (Google Admob), more info here :

    • Florian (Tooltester Network)

      Yes – we’re currently updating all the reviews as there are brand new versions of ShoutEm, GoodBarber and updates to AppMachine!