Canva's app development platform allows anyone to create apps that add features to Canva. This quick start guide explains how to get started with app development as quickly as possible.
The Developer Portal is where you can create, manage, and preview apps.
To create an app via the Developer Portal:
Log in to the Developer Portal. If you already have a Canva account, you can use the same credentials.
Select Create an app.
In the App name field, enter a name for the app.
Agree to the Canva Developer Terms.
Select Create app.
To add features to an app, you need to add one or more extensions to it. An extension is what hooks into the Canva editor and makes the app a seamless part of the user experience.
You can add any combination of the following types of extensions to an app:
Content extensions - Add third-party content to Canva.
Editing extensions - Add image effects and filters to Canva.
Publish extensions - Add publish destinations to Canva.
Each extension point has its own quick start guide:
These guides demonstrate how to create simple yet illustrative examples of extensions. They're short, practical, and lay the foundation for more advanced development. Once you read them, you can confidently dive into the rest of the documentation.
If you have questions about our platform, need help creating your app, or simply have something to share, create a support ticket via Jira Service Desk.