Zoho Developer console

The Zoho Developer console is a developer platform that allows you to create ready-to-deploy cloud applications in the Zoho console, using drag-and-drop tools.

What applications can you build with the Zoho Developer console?


Enhance the capabilities of existing Zoho products by integrating them with third-party applications to address different business needs.

Build an extension

Build and host extensions that extend the power of Zoho using the Sigma platform. You can choose to either create an extension that adds to the core functionality of a Zoho product or integrate a third-party application with a Zoho product.

Extensions can either be public or private.

  • Private extensions: Built for personal or specific organizational purposes. When you publish a private extension, a hashed URL link is made available which can be used to install it.
  • Public extensions: Extensions hosted on Zoho Marketplace and are available to all Zoho users for installation and use.

Steps to build an extension

    • Go to the Zoho Developer console in your web browser.
    • Sign up for a free account or log in if you already have one. You will be redirected to the Zoho Developer dashboard page.
    • Click the Start Building option in the Sigma section.
    • Click Create Workspace after specifying your workspace name.
    • Click New Extension to start developing your extension.
    • Customize the extension to meet your requirements using the resources available for the Zoho product you choose to integrate with. After you finish building the extension you can publish it and make it available for installation. Read through the help documentation to know more.

      Ways to access an extension

      There are currently three ways to make an extension available to a user:

      • Installating it into the Zoho product directly.
      • Some extensions, particularly in the CRM telephony section, need to be activated in both CRM and the third-party application they integrate with before they can be used.
      • Some extensions can only be accessed after they are purchased from the vendor’s website. Users will be redirected to the vendor website to complete the purchase.

Build a custom application

You can use Zoho Creator as a platform to develop independent business applications that are tailored to fit the business needs you’re focusing on, without any other unnecessary functions.

Components of Zoho Creator for building custom apps:

  • Forms: Data can be collected when a user enters it in the fields.
  • Reports: Data collected from the forms is stored as reports to give further insight. You can also create multiple reports from a single form.
  • Pages: Data collected from the forms can be visually represented in a single page.
  • Workflows: A set of rules that are triggered by a specific event and executed accordingly, automatically performing a set action.
  • Deluge Scripts: The scripting language of Zoho Creator with drag-and-drop code snippets to simplify programming.

Ways to build a custom app

You can choose to develop a custom application using Zoho Creator in any of the following ways:

  • Create a custom app from scratch using Zoho Creator’s components.
  • Use an existing application template in Zoho Creator and customize it to fit your needs by adding or changing components.
  • Import a file from local storage, a URL, or a cloud service to create an application.

Read through our help documentation for more information on creating a custom application using Zoho Creator.

Steps to build an industry solution

  • Go to the Zoho Developer console in your web browser.
  • Sign up for a free account or log in if you already have one. You will be redirected to the Zoho Developer dashboard page.
  • Select Vertical Solutions on the Zoho Developer dashboard page and click Start Building.
  • Click on Create Application, enter an app name and URL, select the Category (industry) and Modules (CRM modules), and enter a description, and click Create.
  • You can customize your solution further and test it locally in Vertical Solutions’ isolated sandbox environment before publishing it either privately or publicly.
  • You can also enhance your industry solution by adding extensions to it, to integrate Zoho with third-party applications.
  • Read through our help documentation for more information on creating an industry solution using the Vertical Solutions console.


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