You probably know that Google shut App Inventor down on December 31, 2011. Most of you have probably just been living without App Inventor, but you don’t need to. This tutorial will show you how to run the App Inventor development server now, before the MIT App Inventor Launch.
The version of App Inventor I’m going to show you how to access is not a final build, and for that reason you will not be able to download your .APK files. There are also issues with saving your projects. It’s recommended that you download your source files each time you work on an app, then upload them when you’re ready to resume.
The process below is a tutorial for Windows PCs, but Mac and Linux systems should work as well.
App Inventor Development Server Instructions:
- Make sure you have the latest version of Java installed (if the process isn’t working for you, make sure you have the right version of Java installed on your computer, i.e. if you have a 64 bit cpu, download that version)
- Download the MIT server files: dev-local-Jan12.zip
- Unzip the server file
- Open the unzipped folder, go to the appinventor folder
- Click on startAI
You should get a control panel log that looks like this:
6. Find the URL that the server is running at: http://localhost:8888
7. Enter the above URL into your web browser (Chrome is highly suggested)
8. You’ll come to a login screen that looks like the image below – simply click the login button without changing the Email
That’s it! You can now run App Inventor on your computer. Remember that this version will not run like you’re used to, so head my warnings from the beginning of this post with caution. Enjoy working with App Inventor again!
There is now a Google Group
that you can use if you have technical problems you can’t overcome.