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I am new to ArcGIS Developer and I'd like to deploy a web app using ArcGIS Web AppBuilder with a custom widget. I have a personal use license for my ArcGIS Online organization, and I also have a developer account. This is where it gets confusing for me.

When I go to the ArcGIS Developer website, it automatically logs me in with my ArcGIS Online organization and not my developer account. With the automatic login, I can see my hosted feature layers in my dashboard. With my developer account login I cannot see my hosted feature layers. So it seems there are two separate identities. I get that but I don't understand why.

Can someone shed some light on this for me?

I just want to be able to use the Web AppBuilder with my layers and add a custom widget.

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The support article here states that: ArcGIS Online does not support custom widgets.

However it suggests a workaround with the steps below (taken verbatim from the article):

  1. Create custom widgets using Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (Developer Edition. Follow the steps outlined in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (Developer Edition): Create a custom in-panel widget.

  2. Host the application with the custom widgets on the organization's web server. Refer to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS: Deploy the app for steps to do this.

  3. Add the application as an item in ArcGIS Online. Refer to ArcGIS Online: Add apps for steps to do this.

The language is confusing as it suggests that the application created with Web AppBuilder Developer's Edition (or WAB-DE) and using custom widgets, can be deployed on ArcGIS online - this is NOT the case, a separate web server is needed. Your ArcGIS online developer account (assuming with proper roles granted) will give you access to WAB and WAB-DE tools, but you will not be able to do anything involving custom widgets on ArcGIS online itself (apart from the steps described above).

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