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Building private apps

What Are Private Apps?

Unlike apps listed in Clio's App Directory, private are apps built for the specific needs of a single Clio account. Private apps might be built in-house at a law firm, or built on behalf of a Clio user by a third-party developer.

Private apps are not reviewed by Clio and cannot be published in Clio's App Directory. You will need access to a paid Clio account to create apps and get your app key and secret. Other than these points, private apps are built in the same way as public apps – they manage authorization through Oauth, use the API in the same way, and are still bound by Clio's developer terms of service.


Apps and integrations – including private apps – are not available on the EasyStart pricing tier. See Clio's pricing page to learn more.

How to build as a private app developer

To build a private app, you must have login credentials to the account that will use the app – this is either your own law firm's Clio account, or the account for a client for whom you are building an app.

Once logged in, you can follow the standard steps to create a Developer Application and start building your app. Note that private apps follow the same OAuth authorization process as public apps – each firm user will need to be authorized in this manner to connect their Clio account to the private appliation.