Generally, connecting apps in App Connect Designer uses the same straightforward exercise of creating an event-driven flow or creating flows for an API.

You can use App Connect to connect apps by configuration and data mapping without a need for coding, and can achieve a return on your investment in minutes/hours, not days/months.

This general guide is to show you how…

If you are looking for information for a specific app, see the other “how to” pages under How to guides for apps.

If you can’t find what you want, or have comments about the “how to” information, please either add comments to the bottom of this page or .

What should I consider first?

Before you use App Connect Designer to connect apps, consider the following information.

You’ll choose to create either an event-driven flow or a flow for an API.

  • In an event-driven flow, you identify an event that can occur in your first application (the source application), and actions that can be performed in one or more target applications. The flow links the event to the actions so that, whenever the event occurs in the source application, the action is automatically triggered in the target applications.
  • A flow for an API contains a request, one or more target application actions, and a response. The request uses a model that you define to request the creation or retrieval of data objects in your applications. When the request is submitted, each target application performs its action, and then the flow returns a response that either confirms that the actions were successful, or returns the data that was requested.

To allow IBM App Connect to connect an application like Salesforce you need connection details. Typical connection details are the user ID and password of an account for the application.


Creating an event-driven flow to connect apps

Learn how easy it is to create an event-driven flow in App Connect Designer.

Creating flows for an API

Learn how easy it is to create an API flow in App Connect Designer.

4 comments on"How to connect apps – general use of App Connect Designer"

  1. Hi,
    I would like to add a new application to App Connect. As it is an existing application, will just Open APIs will do the job or any other on-premise tools are needed.
    Helps are much appreciated.

    • @Abhijith Hi
      Open APIs will do the job to connect a new application that is not in the App Connect catalog yet. If the application is a commercial application, you might ask about any work to provide a connector for it, as it might be in plan already.

  2. brett forbes June 04, 2019


    I am particularly interested in creating deep functionality for Microsoft Graph API, across a couple of products, and the Adobe Cloud API. Can I do this by scratch in AppConnect, or should I use one of the on-prem tools? We are IBM business partners and I would appreciate your advice on how best to go about delivering extensive API control for these two platforms.



    • Ian_Larner June 05, 2019

      Hi Brett
      Thanks for the question! I’ve passed it on to the App Connect OMs. Someone is likely to contact you directly by email to help with your specific requirements.

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