App Marketplace Security & Privacy

One app, one set of permissions: How Unified Build Flow is helping developers create more secure, easier-to-implement apps in the Zoom App Marketplace

Unified Build Flow is a re-architected development build process designed to streamline the app experience for developers and users. It eliminates unnecessary complexities, helping developers build apps with ease and extensibility.

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Updated on April 22, 2024

Published on March 19, 2024

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Tim Slagle
Tim Slagle
Head of Developer Relations
Tim has worked in tech for over 10 years building great developer and customer experiences that allow developers to create meaningful experiences for their customers.

We launched the Zoom App Marketplace in 2018, and since then, developers have created more than 2,500 apps for the expanded Zoom platform that enhance our core products. These developers love our ecosystem, and we’re constantly working to make it a better place for developers to build and customers to work in.

Our most recent enhancement to the App Marketplace is the introduction of our Unified Build Flow. Now, developers can submit one app to the Zoom App Marketplace, and it can be compatible with multiple Zoom products: Meetings, Phone, Team Chat, Contact Center, and more.

Decide which apps are connected to your meetings

A unified app is a win for developers, admins, and users. The Zoom App Marketplace makes it easy to manage your organization’s apps in a central location. There’s only one set of permissions to manage, making it easier for admins and users to track how Zoom Apps access their organization’s data. We also make sure users and admins have clear, transparent tools for understanding how they interact with a Zoom App.

During a meeting or webinar, you’ll see the Active Apps Notifier  in the top-left corner of the window when a third-party app, integration, or service is accessing content during that meeting or webinar. When you click the Active Apps Notifier, you’ll see which apps are connected to your meeting or webinar, and even be able to click each app to visit its page in the Zoom App Marketplace. The Active Apps Notifier indicates if an app is live streaming, transcribing, or recording the meeting. Zoom provides the Active Apps Notifier so there’s transparency regarding which apps connect to your meetings and webinars and when.

Admins control which apps their users add to Zoom

When it comes to third-party apps, admins are the decision-makers for their organization. They’re responsible for setting up, managing, and reviewing their account’s app approvals. When an admin signs in to the Zoom App Marketplace, they can use the Marketplace Admin App Management to:

  • Pre-approve apps for their users to add to Zoom.
  • Add apps for their users with Admin Authorized Apps.
  • Require pre-approval of any apps before their users can add them.
  • Approve or reject app requests from members of their organization. 
  • Disable or remove apps from an account.

Learn more about how admins can manage their organization’s use of the Zoom App Marketplace.

The Zoom App Marketplace provides security and clarity for users, admins, and developers

With more than 2,500 Zoom Apps currently available and more added every year, admins need the right information when making decisions about third-party apps and integrations for their organization. To help with these decisions, Zoom requires developers to list requested permissions for their apps so admins and users know what kind of data the third-party app can access. This is one of several guidelines Zoom requires that app developers and their apps follow. 

Every published app in the Zoom App Marketplace undergoes a review process that we take seriously — each Zoom App must be approved by Zoom before it’s available for users to add. Our Zoom Marketplace App Review Guidelines and Principles explain our app review process so all developers can align with the requirements when creating apps or integrations with Zoom. Our app review process helps us determine whether an app is ready for end users to use and follows best practices for privacy and security. 

Developers can also build apps exclusively for their organization. Their apps can connect to meetings hosted by that organization’s account. However, for an app to join a meeting outside of that organization’s account, it needs to go through the Zoom App Marketplace review process, be approved, and be granted the necessary permissions by both admins and users.

Learn more about the Zoom App Marketplace review process.

Our platform is growing with our developers and customers

Zoom is more than just an easy way to connect people. It’s a multi-faceted collaboration platform for developers and organizations to build on. We give developers tools to create streamlined, easy-to-use apps within the Zoom App Marketplace architecture, and enable transparency with account owners, admins, and users by providing the information they need to make important decisions about what tools they use for their work.

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