How to migrate connect app to forge?

We have an app that is written with connect platform. It is currently listed on Atlassian marketplace as free app. It has active customers. We want to migrate our app from connect to forge platform. How can we migrate our app without losing customers?

Hi @yagizhan14 ,

Have you had a look at the documentation we have here: https://developer.atlassian.com/platform/forge/build-a-connect-on-forge-app/ ? Let me know if you have any questions after reading that.

Please note that the connect on forge functionality is still on alpha, so you might want to try it out on a test app first. The idea is that once we’re ready all existing Connect apps can start including Forge features without having to move their users over to a new app.

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Thanks for the quick response. I have read the page in the link. Unfortunately, that doesn’t solve our problem. We are remaking our atlassian-connect app with forge. There is a manifest field called app.connect. Can we link our connect app to forge app with this new manifest field?

Hi @yagizhan14 , would you mind providing a link to your specific app? We’re close to enabling some app developers to move their app to forge without losing customers, but not quite there yet - still in alpha. There are still some missing features that mean it’s not suitable for every app, and we haven’t yet finished the work to enable converting your listing and installations.

It should soon be possible to at least test migrations from connect to forge on a test site, however. We’re announcing the changes as they come out in this thread

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Hi @jhazelwood , marketplace link

Hi @jhazelwood , you said you were close to enabling some developer to move – I couldn’t see anything regarding this in the linked topic, yet I wanted to ask if it looks to be possible soon. The app we would like to migrate is this one. It sounded like there is an “alpha testing” with some apps – if there is actually something like that and our app would fit, we would like to apply.

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@TimHaukeEckhardt that’s good to hear! We’re still not quite there as we’re testing end-to-end in Confluence and adding a few tests in Jira, but it’s a matter of weeks, now. In the mean time, do you have a version of the app written in Forge already that you’re ready to migrate to, or are you yet to attempt a Forge re-write?

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Hi @yagizhan14 , I only just saw your marketplace link, sorry. Have you finished the Forge re-make? If you’ve got your Forge version ready to go, then we should be able to help you get migrated in a matter of weeks. We’ll be in touch.

Thanks for the info @jhazelwood !
We were desperately searching for a way to migrate, but have not re-written anything, since it was not clear if and how this would work out. However, with your prediction of “weeks”, we’re probably gonna tackle it in the near future.

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Hi @TimHaukeEckhardt , have you had a chance to try writing a Forge version of your app, yet? We’re almost ready to help the first few apps migrate.

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Hey @jhazelwood , awesome! We haven’t done it yet, but our team is in for a challenge :wink:
Please let us know when it is possible, we’re gonna be ready by then!
Thanks for keeping us updated!

It’s looking like it’ll be coming in “early November” - I think that’s the most precise I can be with software estimation being what it is :grin:

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It’s here!

We’ll be announcing the feature on this forum in the next couple of days, as well.

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Here’s the announcement: https://community.developer.atlassian.com/t/marketplace-listings-can-now-be-transferred-from-an-existing-connect-app-to-a-new-forge-version-of-the-app/53542

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