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Top 20 Developer Frameworks and No-Code-Development SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
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Top 20 Developer Frameworks and No-Code-Development SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Developer Frameworks and No-Code-Development SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Developer Framework and No-Code-Development SDKs provide developers with pre-built components, templates, and APIs to simplify and accelerate the software development process. They are designed to provide a foundation for building software applications, giving developers reusable components and libraries for building the backend, frontend, and database components of an application. They also commonly enable cross-platform development.

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 Developer Frameworks and No-Code-Development 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 developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 32.66% have integrated React Native. This accounts for 29.82% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

The React Native SDK combines the best parts of native development with React, a best-in-class JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

Total Apps
221.75k
App Store
App Share
32.66%
App Store
Apps
219.55k
Games
2.21k
Total Downloads
21.00b
App Store
Download Share
29.82%
App Store
App Downloads
20.34b
Game Downloads
659.30m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 29.18% have integrated Flutter. This accounts for 30.90% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Flutter is Google's UI toolkit SDK for crafting beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.

Total Apps
198.14k
App Store
App Share
29.18%
App Store
Apps
194.84k
Games
3.31k
Total Downloads
21.77b
App Store
Download Share
30.90%
App Store
App Downloads
21.02b
Game Downloads
740.46m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 24.81% have integrated Apache Cordova PhoneGap. This accounts for 8.09% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

The Cordova SDK wraps your HTML/JavaScript app into a native container which can access the device functions of several platforms. These functions are exposed via a unified JavaScript API, allowing you to easily write one set of code to target nearly every phone or tablet on the market today and publish to their app stores.

Total Apps
168.45k
App Store
App Share
24.81%
App Store
Apps
163.14k
Games
5.31k
Total Downloads
5.70b
App Store
Download Share
8.09%
App Store
App Downloads
5.41b
Game Downloads
289.25m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apache Cordova PhoneGap.

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 9.79% have integrated Expo. This accounts for 3.38% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
66.50k
App Store
App Share
9.79%
App Store
Apps
65.50k
Games
1.00k
Total Downloads
2.38b
App Store
Download Share
3.38%
App Store
App Downloads
2.33b
Game Downloads
49.76m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 7.30% have integrated Ionic Framework. This accounts for 1.29% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
49.60k
App Store
App Share
7.30%
App Store
Apps
49.21k
Games
390
Total Downloads
909.47m
App Store
Download Share
1.29%
App Store
App Downloads
851.73m
Game Downloads
57.74m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 6.74% have integrated Microsoft Visual Studio App Center. This accounts for 14.73% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Microsoft App Center is your continuous integration, delivery, and learning solution for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS apps. Get faster release cycles, higher-quality apps, and the insights to build what users want.

Total Apps
45.74k
App Store
App Share
6.74%
App Store
Apps
44.40k
Games
1.34k
Total Downloads
10.37b
App Store
Download Share
14.73%
App Store
App Downloads
6.24b
Game Downloads
4.14b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Microsoft Visual Studio App Center.

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 6.68% have integrated Mono Project. This accounts for 2.01% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
45.38k
App Store
App Share
6.68%
App Store
Apps
44.84k
Games
542
Total Downloads
1.42b
App Store
Download Share
2.01%
App Store
App Downloads
1.33b
Game Downloads
88.03m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 6.66% have integrated Xamarin. This accounts for 1.83% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Xamarin is an open-source framework SDK for building iOS, Android, and Windows apps.

Total Apps
45.19k
App Store
App Share
6.66%
App Store
Apps
44.65k
Games
542
Total Downloads
1.29b
App Store
Download Share
1.83%
App Store
App Downloads
1.20b
Game Downloads
88.03m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 5.10% have integrated Capacitor. This accounts for 2.02% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
34.62k
App Store
App Share
5.10%
App Store
Apps
34.07k
Games
550
Total Downloads
1.43b
App Store
Download Share
2.02%
App Store
App Downloads
1.38b
Game Downloads
49.30m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 1.44% have integrated Parse. This accounts for 2.29% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

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

Total Apps
9.79k
App Store
App Share
1.44%
App Store
Apps
9.07k
Games
721
Total Downloads
1.61b
App Store
Download Share
2.29%
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 developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, 1.26% have integrated Adobe AIR. This accounts for 1.69% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

The Adobe AIR SDK enables developers to create and package cross-platform games and apps for major platforms like iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS.

Total Apps
8.59k
App Store
App Share
1.26%
App Store
Apps
3.64k
Games
4.95k
Total Downloads
1.19b
App Store
Download Share
1.69%
App Store
App Downloads
299.90m
Game Downloads
887.07m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated Appcelerator Titanium. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Appcelerator Titanium offers an open, extensible development environment for creating beautiful native apps across different mobile devices and OSs, including iOS, Android, and BlackBerry, as well as hybrid and HTML5. It also includes an open source SDK with over 5,000 device and mobile operating system APIs, Studio, a powerful Eclipse-based IDE, Alloy, an MVC framework, and Cloud Services for a ready-to-use mobile backend.

Total Apps
4.55k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
4.51k
Games
46
Total Downloads
67.30m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
60.57m
Game Downloads
6.73m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated RNUILib by Wix. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
3.67k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3.66k
Games
12
Total Downloads
39.08m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
38.67m
Game Downloads
413.94k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use RNUILib by Wix.

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated Tapku. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

TapkuLibrary is an iOS library SDK built on Cocoa and UIKit intended for broad use in applications.

Total Apps
3.61k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3.60k
Games
8
Total Downloads
37.89m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
37.83m
Game Downloads
52.97k

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated Yandex DivKit. This accounts for 14.53% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
3.37k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
938
Games
2.44k
Total Downloads
10.24b
App Store
Download Share
14.53%
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 developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated Kakao API. This accounts for 1.99% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Kakao API is a multi-platform texting SDK that allows iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry apps to send and receive messages for free.

Total Apps
2.23k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
2.14k
Games
89
Total Downloads
1.40b
App Store
Download Share
1.99%
App Store
App Downloads
1.32b
Game Downloads
82.10m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated SDKBOX. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

SDKBOX solves the painful and risky integration of mobile SDKs by providing automated, certified, and maintained plugins for free to the mobile developers. Our partners include top mobile service providers and popular game development platforms like Cocos2d-x, Unity, and Unreal.

Total Apps
2.18k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
288
Games
1.89k
Total Downloads
333.21m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
36.38m
Game Downloads
296.83m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated Qt project. This accounts for 1.23% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

The Qt SDK is the faster, smarter way to create innovative devices, modern UIs, and applications for multiple screens. It's cross-platform software development at its best.

Total Apps
1.68k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1.54k
Games
140
Total Downloads
866.77m
App Store
Download Share
1.23%
App Store
App Downloads
831.48m
Game Downloads
35.29m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated MTA SDK. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

The MTA SDK by Tencent provides mobile app analytics for iOS and Android apps.

Total Apps
1.49k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1.44k
Games
55
Total Downloads
490.73m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
455.32m
Game Downloads
35.41m

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

Among all apps utilizing developer frameworks and no-code-development SDKs, <1% have integrated Wix Branded App. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the developer frameworks and no-code-development SDK category.

Total Apps
1.47k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
1.47k
Games
2
Total Downloads
610.07k
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
605.78k
Game Downloads
4.30k

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Wix Branded App.

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