General Info

Last update: Edit

1 Introduction

Mendix Studio is the place where you can create, view and edit your Mendix applications without going into technical details. For this purpose you can use Studio Pro and develop apps together with Studio Pro users anytime.

With Studio you can create and edit applications in your browser without installing software on your PC.

The picture below shows the components of Studio’s interface:

Studio Diagram

2 Opening Studio

You can open Mendix Studio via Developer Portal or Studio Pro.

2.1 Opening Studio via Developer Portal

You can edit an app in Mendix Studio by opening it in the Developer Portal and clicking Edit in Studio:

Edit in Studio

If you do not see Edit in Studio, go to General Settings in the Developer Portal and enable Studio.

2.2 Opening Studio via Studio Pro

You can also open your app in Studio via Studio Pro. Do the following:

  1. In Studio Pro, open the app in that you want to view in Studio.
  2. Click the globe icon in the top right corner (only available if Studio is enabled).

    Globe Icon

The app opens in Studio.

3 Upgrading Studio

After clicking Edit in Studio you may need to upgrade your app to the latest version.


You may also see a top bar suggesting an upgrade to the next Mendix version. For more information on Studio upgrades and Mendix versions, see Studio Ranges & Mendix Versions.

4 Switching App Modes

After opening Studio, the home page of the app opens.

You can change the view of your page to different views by clicking the corresponding icons:

  • Mobile
  • Tablet
  • Responsive (Desktop)

    Device Modes

5 Left Menu Bar

The left menu bar allows you to access pages, the domain model, microflows, workflows, and the navigation document in Studio, search for different elements in your app, open settings, and customize the look of your app:

Left Menu Bar

All items of the left menu bar are described in the table below:

Menu item Shortcut Description
Pages 1 Shows a list of all pages in the app. Select a page to open it.
Domain Models 2 Shows the domain models of the app.
Microflows 3 Shows a list of all microflows in the app. Select a microflow to open it.
Workflows None Shows a list of all workflows in the app. Select a workflow to open it.
Navigation Document 4 Shows a configured menu in the form of a navigation tree. You can expand the menu structure of the navigation tree up to two levels with an unlimited amount of pages.
Search (magnifying glass) icon / Helps you search through microflows, entities, and pages. Start typing the name of the item you are looking for and the search feature will return any matches it finds, using exact matches as well as fuzzy matches based on the characters entered.
You can also use “/” shortcut to search through your app.
Theme Customizer None Allows you to style your app with custom branding, colors, and typography.
Settings None Settings consists of Roles and Permissions and Widget Overview.
Via Roles and Permissions you can manage access to your app for different type of users.
The Widget Overview gives you an overview of all widgets and their status. Widgets are user interface elements (alerts, buttons, charts, etc.) that are used to build pages.

6 Toolbox, Properties, and Buzz

The top right menu of Studio consists of the Toolbox, Properties , and Buzz tabs:

Toolbox, Properties, Buzz

The Toolbox, Properties , and Buzz tabs are described in the table below:

Tab Description
Toolbox Shows tools available for the current editor.
Properties Shows the properties of the selected item.
Buzz Allows an app development team to make comments to different pages, microflows, domain models, and layouts of Studio, and interact with each other.

7 Top Menu Bar

The top menu bar allows to undo or redo actions, view your recent documents, preview or publish your app, and view checks in your app. You can also access help and learning and view various information in the top menu bar.

Top Menu Bar

The top menu bar items are described in the table below:

Menu item Description
Switch-to menu The Switch-to menu allows you to switch to other parts of the Mendix platform. This menu contains the following options:
  • Mendix Home – takes you to the Developer Portal
  • Studio – opens My Apps screen in the Developer Portal
  • Get Studio Pro – downloads the latest version of Mendix Studio Pro
  • Academy – a link to the Mendix Academy
  • Docs – a link to the Mendix Documentation
Undo/Redo actions There buttons undo or redo the last action. You can also use Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y shortcuts correspondingly.
Recent documents drop-down menu A document that you are currently viewing is displayed in this option. When you click the drop-down menu, documents that you have recently viewed are displayed in the list. Click the document to open it.
Preview button Shows you what your app will look like after it is published.
Publish button You can publish your app with this button. Click Publish > Update to publish the latest changes you made in Studio. For more information, see Previewing & Publishing Your App
Checks button Displays consistency errors (if any) that prevent your app from being previewed and published. For more information on errors, see Consistency Errors.
You can also use C shortcut to view the Checks panel.
Help icon Opens the Help & Learning side menu, where you can find just-in-time help – videos and how-to’s that will provide you explanations and instructions in the context of your current task. For example, when working in the domain model, you will see videos and how-to’s on the domain model, entities, and attributes as a recommended topic for you. However, you can also browse through the categories and other topics that cover all the main features in Studio.
More Options icon Provides additional information. You will find the following:
  • About – shows the information on the Studio version and Mendix version
  • Keyboard Shortcuts – opens the list of shortcuts in Studio
  • Take a Product Tour – starts a the guided product introduction tour and shows you around Studio
  • Contact Mendix Support – a link to the Mendix Support Portal
  • Mendix Assist Is ON – a setting that enables/disables Mendix Assist
  • Open App Buzz – takes you to the App Buzz in the Developer Portal
  • Edit in Studio Pro – opens your app in Studio Pro

8 Cut/Copy/Paste Function

You can copy and paste pages and microflows. You can also cut, copy, and paste separate elements such as widgets or microflow activities.

8.1 Copy/Paste Workflows, Pages, Microflows, and Enumerations

Workflows, pages, microflows, and enumerations can be copied to clipboard and then pasted to a different Studio app. You can also copy and paste them to the same app, however, there is the Duplicate option you can use for this purpose. For more information on how to copy, paste, or duplicate workflows, pages, microflows, and enumerations, see Workflows, Pages, Microflows, and Enumerations respectively.

Mind the following when copying and pasting pages, microflows, and enumerations:

  • You can copy/paste workflows, pages, microflows, and enumerations only to Studio apps that have the same Mendix version
  • You can copy/paste workflows, pages, microflows, and enumerations only between instances of the same browser
  • You cannot copy/paste from Studio to Studio Pro or vice versa

8.2 Cut/Copy/Paste Separate Elements

Cut/copy/paste function is available in all editors of Studio: pages, microflows, workflows, domain models, and navigation document. To cut/copy/paste you can use Ctrl + X / Ctrl + C / Ctrl + V or Cmd + X / Cmd + C / Cmd + V.

Mind the following characteristics when using cut/copy/paste:

  • You can cut/copy/paste elements within one visual editor; that means that you can cut/copy/paste elements within one page or to other pages in Studio, and copy microflow activities within one microflow or to other microflows
  • You can cut/copy/paste elements to different apps in Studio if they have the same Mendix version
  • You cannot copy/paste pages, microflows, or workflows, only elements of a page or a microflow
  • You cannot cut/copy/paste from Studio to Studio Pro or vice versa

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