Distributing your app

The main way to distribute your BlackBerry WebWorks app to BlackBerry devices is via the BlackBerry World storefront. However, there are other ways to distribute apps, depending on the OS that the app is targeting.

BlackBerry World storefront

This method installs your app using BlackBerry World on a smartphone, BlackBerry PlayBook, or BlackBerry 10 device. To be approved for distribution through BlackBerry World, apps must be signed to verify the authorship of your app to users and to the OS.

You use the .alx and .cod files that are produced by the BlackBerry WebWorks Packager.

For more information about the BlackBerry World storefront, see the following resources:

For more information about signing apps, see Signing your app.

Distribution alternatives for apps targeting BlackBerry 5.0-7.1

BlackBerry Desktop Manager

This method installs your app directly on a connected smartphone using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. You use the .alx file that is produced by the BlackBerry WebWorks Packager.

Wireless network using the BlackBerry Browser

This method installs your app directly on a smartphone over the wireless network. Users visit a web page using the BlackBerry Browser on the smartphone and download the app using a link on the web page. The web server hosts the .jad and .cod files that are produced by the BlackBerry WebWorks Packager

BlackBerry Application Web Loader

This method installs your app on a smartphone from a web page. Users connect their smartphones to their computers and visit the web page that contains a link to the app. A Microsoft ActiveX control permits users to install the app directly from the web page. The web server hosts the .jad and .cod files that are produced by the BlackBerry WebWorks Packager.

Wireless push from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server

This method installs your app on smartphones over the wireless network by pushing the app from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to multiple smartphones on the network. The server hosts the .cod and .alx files that are produced by the BlackBerry WebWorks Packager.

Last modified: 2013-10-02