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Top 20 Backend and Cloud SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 14 Jul 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, 34.11% have integrated Amazon AWS. This accounts for 24.74% 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
32.84k
App Store
App Share
34.11%
App Store
Apps
32.25k
Games
593
Total Downloads
13.82b
App Store
Download Share
24.74%
App Store
App Downloads
11.36b
Game Downloads
2.46b

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 21.36% have integrated GCDWebServer. This accounts for 15.75% 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
20.56k
App Store
App Share
21.36%
App Store
Apps
19.34k
Games
1.22k
Total Downloads
8.80b
App Store
Download Share
15.75%
App Store
App Downloads
8.52b
Game Downloads
281.12m

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 16.77% have integrated Amazon AWS Cognito Federated Identities. This accounts for 11.02% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
16.15k
App Store
App Share
16.77%
App Store
Apps
15.72k
Games
428
Total Downloads
6.15b
App Store
Download Share
11.02%
App Store
App Downloads
4.28b
Game Downloads
1.87b

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 16.43% have integrated Huawei Mobile Services HMS. This accounts for 14.83% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
15.82k
App Store
App Share
16.43%
App Store
Apps
15.72k
Games
105
Total Downloads
8.28b
App Store
Download Share
14.83%
App Store
App Downloads
7.99b
Game Downloads
290.03m

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 11.00% have integrated Alibaba Cloud Aliyun OSS. This accounts for 17.18% 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
10.59k
App Store
App Share
11.00%
App Store
Apps
10.45k
Games
139
Total Downloads
9.59b
App Store
Download Share
17.18%
App Store
App Downloads
8.65b
Game Downloads
942.48m

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 9.89% have integrated Parse. This accounts for 2.63% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

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

Total Apps
9.53k
App Store
App Share
9.89%
App Store
Apps
8.81k
Games
715
Total Downloads
1.47b
App Store
Download Share
2.63%
App Store
App Downloads
1.41b
Game Downloads
56.39m

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 4.33% have integrated Yandex DivKit. This accounts for 20.54% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
4.17k
App Store
App Share
4.33%
App Store
Apps
1.08k
Games
3.08k
Total Downloads
11.47b
App Store
Download Share
20.54%
App Store
App Downloads
2.68b
Game Downloads
8.79b

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 4.15% have integrated Amazon AWS Kinesis. This accounts for 7.18% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.99k
App Store
App Share
4.15%
App Store
Apps
3.63k
Games
368
Total Downloads
4.01b
App Store
Download Share
7.18%
App Store
App Downloads
2.20b
Game Downloads
1.81b

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 3.79% have integrated Amazon Simple Notification Service SNS. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.65k
App Store
App Share
3.79%
App Store
Apps
3.62k
Games
26
Total Downloads
426.42m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
377.33m
Game Downloads
49.10m

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 3.48% have integrated Tencent Cloud. This accounts for 11.38% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
3.35k
App Store
App Share
3.48%
App Store
Apps
3.21k
Games
142
Total Downloads
6.35b
App Store
Download Share
11.38%
App Store
App Downloads
4.24b
Game Downloads
2.11b

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 2.99% have integrated Amazon AWS Amplify Framework. This accounts for 2.78% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
2.88k
App Store
App Share
2.99%
App Store
Apps
2.86k
Games
18
Total Downloads
1.55b
App Store
Download Share
2.78%
App Store
App Downloads
1.55b
Game Downloads
569.18k

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

Among all apps utilizing backend and cloud SDKs, 2.10% have integrated WindVane by Alibaba. This accounts for 7.36% of app downloads within the backend and cloud SDK category.

Total Apps
2.02k
App Store
App Share
2.10%
App Store
Apps
2.02k
Games
1
Total Downloads
4.11b
App Store
Download Share
7.36%
App Store
App Downloads
4.10b
Game Downloads
5.41m

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
741
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
678
Games
63
Total Downloads
20.48m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
12.27m
Game Downloads
8.21m

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
323
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
269
Games
54
Total Downloads
147.78m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
111.07m
Game Downloads
36.71m

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
250
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
241
Games
9
Total Downloads
89.41m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
88.21m
Game Downloads
1.20m

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
159
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
159
Games
0
Total Downloads
445.09m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
445.09m
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
122
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
100
Games
22
Total Downloads
18.12m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
993.36k
Game Downloads
17.12m

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
87
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
87
Games
0
Total Downloads
20.99m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
20.99m
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 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
8.89k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
8.89k
Game Downloads
0

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

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
10.62k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
10.62k
Game Downloads
0

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

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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.

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