Sharing an app

When you create a flow and publish it, the Flow engine generates an app URL. You can share this app URL with your customers or team mates… They can run the app, by copy-pasting the URL in a browser/clicking the URL.

Here is an app URL for a smart farm IoT app built with Flow: https://flow.manywho.com/6c2556ca-efb2-4793-ab99-2aa62150e3b1/play/Smartfarm/?flow-id=8620b7e2-f638-4c68-8c91-bfea878684ae

You do not need the drawing tool to see the app in action!

There are two options when you want to share an app. You can share the app without a version ID – a flow without the Version ID will always show the last published version of the app. Sharing a version of the app means your users will only have that version of the app.

Here is how you share an app:
  1. Click the Publish icon on the right-hand-side menu to publish your flow.

    This opens the Publish Flow dialog box.
  2. Click Publish. You can optionally enter any comments or notes you may have about the version.

    You will get the Your flow has been published successfully message.
  3. Copy the app URL.

    You can share this link with others, as you would a website URL. Your users can copy-paste the flow URL in their browsers to run it.

After you publish a flow, the flow URL does not change during the lifetime of the flow. If you edit your flow later, your users will be able to access the new version of the app when they run the flow.


To share a version of a flow
  1. Click the Run icon on the right-hand-side navigation.

    This opens the Run dialog box.
  2. Copy the app URL.

    You can share this link with others, as you would a website URL. Your users can copy-paste the flow URL in their browsers to run it.

This flow URL is linked to the specific version of the flow. If you make subsequent changes to the flow, your users will not see those changes as they will continue to run the specified version.

Note:  Every time you run a flow, the Boomi Flow player opens the app in a new browser tab and generates a new URL. This URL contains a Join link – https://flow.manywho.com/36f7b1b2-81b1-4806-a5af-820c0e9a764e/play/default?join=5f04d6c2-4aba-404d-af57-2679db0043b7. Make sure you do not share this URL, but publish the flow first, and share the URL the Boomi Flow Engine provides. 

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What is the difference between Run and Publish?

  • Run: Snapshots the current version of the flow, and runs that version. The URL in the Run dialog contains a Flow Version ID.
  • Publish: Snapshots the current version of the flow, and make that version the default version.

Whenever you run a flow without a Flow Version ID specified, it will use the last published version. You may want to share links that do not contain the Flow Version ID with your end users, so they always have the latest published version of your app.


Check out the glossary for a definition of terms and key concepts that appear in the Boomi Flow website, drawing tool, technical documentation, blogs, and marketing communications.

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