ArcGIS AppStudio

What’s new in ArcGIS AppStudio Version 5.1 (July 2021)

Today we are excited to announce ArcGIS AppStudio Version 5.1. This release includes many new feature enhancements and foundational updates to the product suite.
Let’s explore what’s new in 5.1.



New configurable Nearby template

AppStudio’s out-of-the-box templates have been the go-to solution for users who want to quickly create geo-enabled cross-platform native apps.  With app templates anyone can easily configure a customized app, no coding knowledge is required. We are proud to introduce two brand-new templates in this release, both of which use an Instant App web experience for configuration. The first one is the Nearby template.

This app template provides a simple native app experience to discover what’s nearby and includes filters to narrow your search results by distance or feature category. Some of the template use cases include looking for restaurants, hotels, shopping centers in a downtown area, finding public community resources, discovering COVID-19 testing sites, or locating the closest field asset. The AppStudio Nearby template is powered by the web configuration of the ArcGIS Nearby Instant App.

Key features of the Nearby template

Nearby Template
Nearby Template

New configurable Zone Lookup template

The Zone Lookup template is based on the Zone Lookup Instant App. The Zone lookup template provides a native app experience to find a zone or district for a specified location. The location can come from the device or using the user interface to search for an address or select a specific map point. Some Zone Lookup app use cases include finding your child’s school district, checking if your house is located in a flood zone, or searching for wildfire evacuation areas.  The Zone Lookup template is based on the Zone Lookup Instant App.

Key features of the Zone Lookup template


Zone Lookup Template
Zone Lookup Template

New Spatial Query in the Map Viewer Template

The Map Viewer is one of the most popular templates in AppStudio. It supports viewing web maps, identifying features, viewing attachments, and recently we added support for feature attribute editing. With AppStudio 5.1, the Map Viewer template moves beyond simple map viewing and now provides a tool to explore and interrogate the map data.  The new spatial query tools let you select features based on a user-defined buffer radius or the current map extent. In addition, we have added the ability to filter which features get selected based on categories defined by the map legend.


Map Viewer Spatial Query
Map Viewer Spatial Query

ArcGIS Runtime 100.11

The ArcGIS Runtime powers the GIS and mapping capabilities in your AppStudio applications. AppStudio 5.1 now supports ArcGIS Runtime version 100.11. This means you can build AppStudio apps with all the features and enhancements from the ArcGIS Runtime 100.11 update; The ArcGIS AppStudio Player app 5.1 also supports running apps built with ArcGIS Runtime 100.11.

New Google Play Store submission requirements

Starting in August 2021, new Android apps will need to target API level 30 (Android 11) or above for the Google Play store app submission. To meet this new requirement, we have upgraded your Android build apps’ default target to Android 11 so you can continue successfully publish the app to the Google Play store.

AppFramework updates

AppStudio 5.1 brings new features, changes, enhancements, and bug fixes to the AppStudio AppFramework. Updates in AppFramework include:

To see a complete list of new features and enhancements, visit the AppStudio 5.1 documentation for “What’s new in AppStudio.”

Do you want to learn more about AppStudio?  Attend the “ArcGIS AppStudio: An Introduction” session at the Esri UC 2021.

We can’t wait to see you use these brand-new templates and apply the new features and enhancements to your apps. Please provide any feedback and suggestions to

About the authors

Chris LeSueur is a Product Manager with the Apps Team in Redlands, California.


Tina Jin is a Product Engineer on ArcGIS AppStudio team.

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