The App Studies Initiative designs methods and software tools for app-related media research. These tools are freely available to everyone.

Note: Some of our tools require a password (indicated by a *). Please reach out to request access to these tools. We look forward to hearing from you.

NameDescriptionVersionLinkInfoDeveloped (With)Source
App Studies Capture & Analysis Toolkit*Scrape app details, app store lists, and app store recommendations from Apple's iTunes App Store. This is an instance of the 4CAT Capture and Analysis Toolkit, a software suite that can capture data from a variety of online sources, and analyze the data through analytical; 4cat.nlDigital Methods Initiative / OILab (University of Amsterdam)
AppInspectScan and inspect Android application packages (APKs).betaappinspect.phil.uni-siegen.deappinspect.phil.uni-siegen.deCRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
PyCatFlowA Python package for visualising categorical time series data.betazenodo.orgmedium.comCRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
AppTrafficCapture, inspect, and playback the traffic of mobile apps.betaapptraffic.phil.uni-siegen.deapptraffic.phil.uni-siegen.deCRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
iTunes App Store Scraper*Scrape app details, app store lists, and app store recommendations from Apple's iTunes App Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
Google Play Scraper*Scrape app details, app store lists, app store recommendations, and app permissions from Google Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
PartS 2.0(Live) capture and collect sensor data from Android-supported mobile devices and apps.alphaCRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
LE-CATAnalyse and categorise textual data using a specified lexicon (categorisation schema) for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick); CRC ‘Media of Cooperation’ (University of Siegen)
Walkthrough ExplorerAnalyse and compare app interface screens in specified apps.betaCentre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick)
AppcestryAnalyse Android APK files to identify code base similarities.betaappcestry.jasontc.netappcestry.jasontc.netJason Chao (University of Warwick)
App Tracker TrackerDetect software development libraries used in Android APK files.betatools.digitalmethods.netwiki.digitalmethods.netDigital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
Google Play ‘Similar’ AppsExtract the details of Android apps, collect ‘Similar’ Android apps, and extract their details.betatools.digitalmethods.netwiki.digitalmethods.netDigital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
iTunes StoreQuery the iTunes Store and extract the details of iOS apps.betatools.digitalmethods.netwiki.digitalmethods.netDigital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)

We also create reference worksheets and other resources to assist students, researchers, and lecturers in their training or teaching with tools. These are also freely available to everyone.

TitleStatusLinkPart ofCreated (With)
Instagram Data Methods Initiative; Public Data Lab; King’s College London (Digital Humanities)
App Store Data Methods Initiative