For a while now we’ve had the ability to export applications as JSON .bubble files and let you store it locally (for certain paid plans). We’ve now added the logical next step, the ability to take those .bubble’s and import them to the bubble editor! We’re really excited about this feature and believe it can become a very useful tool in your belt for building apps on Bubble.
You’ll find this new feature right where the export feature as been under Settings > General > App file management.
You’ll want to only import properly formatted bubble apps, that is, the same format that the export feature spits out. There isn’t great way for the importer to check for errors in your app code during the actual import process so if your .bubble file is manipulated or corrupted in some way you might crater the test version of your app. No worries though. In preparation of this possibility, we automatically go ahead and create a restore point right before any import that you can revert to under Deployment and version control in case of trouble.
I’ll also warn that very large applications can take a few minutes to complete so on the off chance you lose power, internet, or whatever while you’re seeing the import screen you may need to re-import. No need to revert in these cases though, just restart the import.
We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of use the community will make of this feature! Whether its rolling your own local version control, keeping test states of your app on hand, or whatever you can think up, we hope this new feature helps!
Cheers and happy developing!