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Top 20 Backend and Cloud SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 1 Mar 2024 CET
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Top 20 Backend and Cloud SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Backend and Cloud SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Backend and Cloud SDKs provide developers with an easy way to add backend and cloud functionalities to mobile apps that require server-side processing or cloud-based services. These SDKs may include features such as serverless computing, storage, database integration, messaging, and similar capabilities.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Backend and Cloud SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 33.97% have integrated Amazon AWS. This accounts for 25.44% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

The Amazon Web Services SDK offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services.

Total Apps
32.79k
App Store
App Share
33.97%
App Store
Apps
32.17k
Games
616
Total Downloads
13.79b
App Store
Download Share
25.44%
App Store
App Downloads
11.42b
Game Downloads
2.37b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Amazon AWS.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 22.08% have integrated GCDWebServer. This accounts for 16.80% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

GCDWebServer is a modern and lightweight, GCD-based HTTP 1.1 server SDK designed to be embedded in iOS, macOS, and tvOS apps.

Total Apps
21.31k
App Store
App Share
22.08%
App Store
Apps
19.99k
Games
1.32k
Total Downloads
9.11b
App Store
Download Share
16.80%
App Store
App Downloads
8.71b
Game Downloads
395.66m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use GCDWebServer.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 16.77% have integrated Huawei Mobile Services HMS. This accounts for 15.23% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
16.19k
App Store
App Share
16.77%
App Store
Apps
16.08k
Games
110
Total Downloads
8.26b
App Store
Download Share
15.23%
App Store
App Downloads
7.97b
Game Downloads
286.69m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Huawei Mobile Services HMS.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 16.75% have integrated Amazon AWS Cognito Federated Identities. This accounts for 11.22% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
16.17k
App Store
App Share
16.75%
App Store
Apps
15.74k
Games
434
Total Downloads
6.08b
App Store
Download Share
11.22%
App Store
App Downloads
4.25b
Game Downloads
1.83b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Amazon AWS Cognito Federated Identities.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 11.05% have integrated Alibaba Cloud Aliyun OSS. This accounts for 17.71% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS) is an encrypted, secure, cost-effective, and easy-to-use object storage SDK that enables you to store, back up, and archive large amounts of data in the cloud, with a guaranteed durability of 99.9999999999%(12 9’s).

Total Apps
10.67k
App Store
App Share
11.05%
App Store
Apps
10.52k
Games
149
Total Downloads
9.60b
App Store
Download Share
17.71%
App Store
App Downloads
8.48b
Game Downloads
1.12b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Alibaba Cloud Aliyun OSS.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 10.14% have integrated Parse. This accounts for 2.98% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Parse is the most used open-source framework for developing application backends.

Total Apps
9.79k
App Store
App Share
10.14%
App Store
Apps
9.07k
Games
721
Total Downloads
1.61b
App Store
Download Share
2.98%
App Store
App Downloads
1.56b
Game Downloads
59.44m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Parse.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 3.86% have integrated Amazon AWS Kinesis. This accounts for 7.33% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.73k
App Store
App Share
3.86%
App Store
Apps
3.35k
Games
377
Total Downloads
3.97b
App Store
Download Share
7.33%
App Store
App Downloads
2.21b
Game Downloads
1.77b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Amazon AWS Kinesis.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 3.64% have integrated Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.51k
App Store
App Share
3.64%
App Store
Apps
3.48k
Games
31
Total Downloads
425.00m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
363.91m
Game Downloads
61.09m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 3.50% have integrated Yandex DivKit. This accounts for 18.88% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.37k
App Store
App Share
3.50%
App Store
Apps
938
Games
2.44k
Total Downloads
10.24b
App Store
Download Share
18.88%
App Store
App Downloads
2.81b
Game Downloads
7.42b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Yandex DivKit.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 3.34% have integrated Tencent Cloud. This accounts for 10.44% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.23k
App Store
App Share
3.34%
App Store
Apps
3.10k
Games
131
Total Downloads
5.66b
App Store
Download Share
10.44%
App Store
App Downloads
3.62b
Game Downloads
2.04b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Tencent Cloud.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 2.61% have integrated Amazon AWS Amplify Framework. This accounts for 1.41% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
2.52k
App Store
App Share
2.61%
App Store
Apps
2.51k
Games
15
Total Downloads
763.55m
App Store
Download Share
1.41%
App Store
App Downloads
763.02m
Game Downloads
530.47k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Amazon AWS Amplify Framework.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 2.19% have integrated WindVane by Alibaba. This accounts for 7.35% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
2.11k
App Store
App Share
2.19%
App Store
Apps
2.11k
Games
1
Total Downloads
3.98b
App Store
Download Share
7.35%
App Store
App Downloads
3.98b
Game Downloads
3.52m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use WindVane by Alibaba.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated NIFTYCloud Backend. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

The NIFTYCloud Backend SDK provides the functions required for cloud application development, eliminating the need for troublesome server development.

Total Apps
794
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
728
Games
66
Total Downloads
31.53m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
18.41m
Game Downloads
13.12m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use NIFTYCloud Backend.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated MKiCloudSync. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

MKiCloudSync is a clean and simple SDK class to sync NSUserDefaults to iCloud.

Total Apps
329
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
275
Games
54
Total Downloads
166.29m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
132.59m
Game Downloads
33.70m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use MKiCloudSync.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated Microsoft Azure. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Azure is a cloud computing service SDK created by Microsoft for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.

Total Apps
252
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
243
Games
9
Total Downloads
80.45m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
79.15m
Game Downloads
1.30m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Microsoft Azure.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated Netcetera 3DS. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
135
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
135
Games
0
Total Downloads
420.23m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
420.23m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Netcetera 3DS.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated Cloudrail. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

CloudRail is an API integration SDK that speeds up the process of integrating third-party APIs into applications and maintaining them. It does so by providing libraries for multiple platforms featuring abstraction layers that combine similar services behind a common interface.

Total Apps
130
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
104
Games
26
Total Downloads
18.23m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.07m
Game Downloads
17.16m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Cloudrail.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated SAP Cloud. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
85
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
85
Games
0
Total Downloads
19.85m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
19.85m
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SAP Cloud.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated Particle SDK. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Particle is an iOS cloud SDK that enables iOS apps to interact with Particle-powered connected products via the Particle Cloud. It’s an easy-to-use wrapper for Particle REST API.

Total Apps
3
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3
Games
0
Total Downloads
10.63k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
10.63k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Particle SDK.

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, <1% have integrated Neumob. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

The Neumob SDK reduces mobile app errors, speeds up app performance, and boosts conversions.

Total Apps
3
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3
Games
0
Total Downloads
8.59k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
8.59k
Game Downloads
0

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Neumob.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does 42matters collect this data?'

We’ve developed a number of machine learning algorithms that scan millions of mobile and connected TV (CTV) applications on a regular basis. In addition, we collect ground truth app performance intelligence and use this data to build statistical models that estimate the performance of apps for which we do not have ground truth data.

What SDK data does 42matters collect?'

We track over 2,300 of the most popular SDKs integrated in iOS and Android apps. We collect a variety of SDK insights (title, platform, ID, category, and developer website); performance metrics (the number of apps that have installed each SDK, installation and removal trends, and app downloads); market share statistics (including market share per app category); and more!

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