Top No Code Software Development Tools of All Time [2022]

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April 1, 2022 | Rokas Jurkėnas

We are in an era of digital transformations across the globe. The future of No Code is predicted to be revolutionary. The current advancements [1] in No Code tools are remarkable. The power of creating software shifted from Coders to Citizen Developers. Anyone with an idea can create apps through a visual interface. When you are planning to build an app, it is advised to follow the step-by-step procedure of building a successful product. Choosing the right platform is a crucial step at the beginning of this process. Today, we will talk about the top No Code development platforms you can use to develop mobile and web applications.

Top No Code Software Development Tools

Before jumping to the list, let’s talk about the scope of No Code tools.

What Can Current No Code Software Development Tools Do?

There are myths claiming that the scope of No Code tools is limited. We want you to steer clear of them. There are a lot of things you can achieve without coding skills. Here are the top 3 categories of solutions that you can create with No Code platforms.

Build Applications

Create applications based on your requirements. From Google forms and Excel sheet applications to AI-based platforms, you can create the application that you want. There is a learning curve for implementing ideas, but if you want to make a replica of a popular app like Instagram or Twitter, it’s extremely easy.

Automate Workflows

Define logic between applications, move data and create custom No Code automation. These No Code solutions focus on decreasing clutter in your digital workspace. They are popular amongst remote teams that function across the globe.

Create Websites and Stores

Create landing pages, websites, and eCommerce stores. With several templates on each No Code platform, it becomes simpler to launch beautiful and functioning websites and eCommerce stores.

In this blog, we will be talking about the first category. Here’s the list of the best No Code platforms for creating mobile and web apps.

Top 5 No Code Development Platforms to Create Custom Apps

Bubble

Bubble, No Code App Development Tool

Bubble is one of the most popular No Code development platforms of all time. They offer a drag-and-drop editor and cloud hosting platform where you can create customized applications and workflows. It has 1.6 million+ users creating digital products around the world.

Although it has quite a steep learning curve, it becomes easy after a while. You can perform anything from simpler tasks like adding hyperlinks and images to complex ones like creating rules, sequencing task items, and managing repetitive web logic. 

Its technical capabilities are one of the main reasons why the tool is used by No Code agencies[2] worldwide to build apps and websites.

Top Features

  • Design Freedom
  • Dynamic content
  • Scalability
  • Bubble’s Community

Pricing

There are 1 free and 3 paid plans available. 

  • Free plan:
    • Core platform features with Bubble branding
    • No support
    • 0.5 GB storage
  • Personal $25/month: 
    • Core features + API
    • Custom domain
    • Email support
    • 10 GB file storage
  • Professional $115/month
    • Everything in Personal plan
    • 2 development versions
    • Email support
    • 20 GB file storage
  • Production $475/month: 
    • Everything in Professional
    • 2 development versions
    • Priority Email support
    • 50 GB file storage

Unlike some other No Code development platforms, Bubble doesn’t charge extra for white labeling.

Softr

Softr, No Code Development Platform

Softr was the Product Hunt's 2021 Product of the Year. It has gained massive popularity in the past 2 years. They have a community of more than 35,000 businesses and operators using Softr to build custom apps. It is a comprehensive No Code builder for software development. You can create websites, web apps and mobile applications directly from their drag-and-drop editor. It could also serve as a Low Code platform if you want to insert custom code to make changes in your app.

Top Features

  • SEO Management
  • eCommerce Store Builder
  • Airtable Integration
  • Chat Support

Pricing

There are 3 paid plans and a free one. 

  • Free: 
    • Basic editor features
    • 1 Custom domain with softr branding
    • Airtable integration (200 records)
  • Starter $24/month: 
    • Everything in free
    • 1 custom domain without branding
    • Airtable integration (1000 records)
    • Custom code (HTML/CSS/JavaScript)
    • Live chat support
  • Professional $65/month: 
    • Everything in Starter
    • 2 custom domains
    • Airtable integration (10,000 records)
    • Custom Code
  • Business $165/month: 
    • Everything in Professional
    • 3 custom domains
    • Airtable integration (Unlimited)
    • Priority live chat support

Glide

Glide, No Code Mobile App Development Tool

It allows you to create mobile apps from Google Sheets quickly. With Glide 2.0, they have updated almost all of their features. You can now create a mobile app and customize it with table layouts as well. It is best used to build early MVPs to test concepts with beta users. If you already have some background in using the functionalities of Google Sheets, Glide is the best No Code platform for you to create apps.

Top Features

  • Beautiful Templates
  • Cross-Device Link Sharing
  • Fast Deployment

Pricing

There are 3 plans including a free one. 

  • Personal app Free:
    • Mobile layout
    • 500 data rows
    • 1,000 sheet updates
    • Glide branding
  • Pro app $32/month:
    • Mobile, tablet & web layouts
    • 25,000 data rows
    • Unlimited sheet updates
    • 10 GB file storage
  • Private app $40/month +$2 for each additional user:
    • Everything in Pro app plan
    • 20 private users included
    • Private sign-in
    • Limit access by email

If you want priority support and a dedicated account manager, you can opt for their custom enterprise plan.

Appy Pie

Appy Pie, No Code software development tool

Despite providing builders for web apps and websites, it is popularly known for its mobile apps builder. It is smooth and easy to use for beginners. If you have a mobile app idea, use Appy Pie to create a basic prototype and beta version of your app. Rapid application development and deployment will save you time and money.

Top Features

  • Mobile App Builder
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Google App Analytics
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Integrate 300+ Apps for Automation

Pricing

There are 3 paid plans available. 

  • Basic $16/month: 
    • Ad free builder with 500 downloads/month
    • Email support.
    • Only android platform available.
  • Gold $36/month: 
    • Basic plan with 1000 downloads/month. 
    • Both email and chat support. 
    • First time app submission support.
  • Platinum $60/month: 
    • Gold plan with 2000 downloads/month. 
    • Email, chat, and call support.
    • Apple and Android platform available.

You will have to pay additional fees to Google Play or App Store to publish the app.

Also, Appy Pie doesn’t let you white label the app (i.e. remove Appy Pie branding) unless you pay for the add-on plan. It costs twice your current plan.

Airtable

Airtable, No Code Internal Tools Development platform

This powerful No Code/Low Code platform focuses on creating an application that fits your workflow as it evolves with your team. It is widely popular amongst business users to build apps for internal problems. It allows you to merge a database with spreadsheet functionalities. They have templates for almost all industries making it easier for you to automate without any coding skills. You start with creating an Airtable base which is like an advanced version of the workbook in your traditional spreadsheet.

Top Features

  • Integrations
  • Template Library
  • Airtable Universe (Collection of all the resources to learn and execute)
  • Automation

Pricing

  • Free:
    • 1 app per base
    • 1,200 records per base
    • 2GB of attachments
  • Plus $10/month: 
    • 3 apps per base
    • 3 sync integrations 
    • 5,000 records per base
    • 5GB of attachments per base
  • Pro $20/month: 
    • 10 apps per base
    • 7 sync integrations including Jira Cloud
    • 50,000 records per base
    • 20GB of attachments per base

Such competitive pricing makes Airtable an affordable No Code tool.

What Should I Choose?

Depending upon your background and affordability, you should be able to make a decision. But to further simplify things, we have created a table to help you understand the platforms side-by-side.

This table rates the platform into 5 categories:

Learning curve - The time taken from having 0 knowledge about the platform to building a basic app on the platform. High means it takes longer to learn.

Functionalities - The wide range of functions you can perform with a platform. If you can build an app, integrate automation and create landing pages, it would be high.

Scalability - The ease and cost of scaling the application made with these platforms. High scalability means it’s easy to scale.

Mobile apps/Web apps - Whether you can create mobile apps, web apps or both. Most tools either provide both or mobile apps. There is rarely a tool that lets you create just the web app.

Price - The affordability of the platform.

PlatformLearning CurveFunctionalitiesScalabilityMobile apps/Web appsPrice
BubbleHighHighHighBothHigh
SoftrHighHighMediumBothMedium
GlideLowMediumLowMobile apps onlyMedium
Appy PieLowMediumHighMobile apps onlyLow
AirtableLowLowHighBothLow
Comparing the Top No Code Software Development tools

These were the best No Code platforms for building apps. We hope you are able to decide on the best No Code platform to create your app. Most of these tools have a “Hall of Fame” where they exhibit the top apps made from the respective No Code platforms.

You should check it out to understand the type of theme and solutions that you can make. If you think we forgot a noteworthy platform, let us know. Follow us on Twitter to stay updated with the latest news, tips, and trends on the No Code landscape.

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