Modeling Environments

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1 Introduction

On the Model page of the Developer Portal, you have options for opening up your app project in the Desktop Modeler or the Web Modeler:

2 Desktop Modeler

In the Mendix Desktop Modeler, you can visually model your app’s domain model, UI, logic, and integrations with third-party services and back-end systems. Use the powerful Mendix Desktop Modeler to rapidly build enterprise-ready apps.

Click Edit in Desktop Modeler to open your app project in the Desktop Modeler.

2.1 Getting Started

If you need some help with the Desktop Modeler, click Help me get started. A page will open with steps to to start developing your new app:

  1. Download the latest version of the Mendix Desktop Modeler by clicking Download latest Desktop Modeler.
  2. Install the Desktop Modeler on your computer. The Modeler will automatically start after the installation is completed.
  3. Edit your new app by selecting it from the list of Recent Apps on the My Apps page in the Desktop Modeler.

The What’s next? section at the bottom of the page presents the following options:

  • Show me the basics includes a link to the Start with a Blank App learning path in the Mendix Academy, where you will learn some fundamental information about how to model with Mendix
  • I’ve got a question includes links to the Mendix Forum and the Documentation, where you can browse information, search for specific details, and ask questions to the Mendix community
  • I’m ready to get serious includes a link to the Become a Rapid Developer learning path, which will teach you how to create apps and prepare you to get certified as a Mendix Rapid Developer!

3 Web Modeler

With the Web Modeler, you can design beautiful apps by leveraging the integrated Atlas UI in the WYSIWYG page editor. You can visually add your app’s domain model and business logic, all from the convenience of your web browser.

Click Edit in Web Modeler to open the app in the Web Modeler. Note that this is for Atlas UI-based apps only. If you need to enable the Web Modeler for your app project, click Enable Web Modeler in Settings, which will take you to the General Settings page of your app project to do this.