Developing on Alteryx: LEGO-Like Fun Made Easy with Alteryx IO

What's New   |   Hannah Erlsten  |  
Bailey Kaplan   |   May 19, 2023

Have you ever built something amazing with LEGO bricks and marveled at how easy it was to bring your imagination to life? Building a LEGO creation is accessible to anyone, regardless of skill level or experience, and allows you to unleash your creativity to create innovative designs. That’s exactly the experience we want to bring to Alteryx developers and users with Alteryx IO.

Alteryx IO is our new developer center that offers a user-friendly interface, a supportive developer community, and engaging content and resources that cater to a variety of learning styles. We know programming can be incredibly time-consuming, difficult, and sometimes intimidating, and we understand the importance of being able to extend the power of the Alteryx Analytics Cloud Platform. That’s why we’re aiming to make development a breeze for everyone, regardless of their expertise level.

Analytics for All, Built by You

Alteryx IO, like LEGO, was created with everyone in mind. From first-time programmers to seasoned pros, Alteryx IO is designed to be easy to use by anyone to extend the Alteryx Analytics Cloud Platform. In determining how we’d achieve this lofty goal, we did our research on how people learn best and came across the concept of VARKs. VARKs is the idea that people can be Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, or Kinesthetic learners. Within Alteryx IO, you can search for what you need and learn to build by following our step-by-step installation guides, looking at our existing sample tools, or collaborating with other developers through our Developer Forum. Coming soon, we are also introducing videos and a self-paced Alteryx Academy certification course, to provide a multitude of learning options. 

The push to create Alteryx IO originated thanks to feedback from YOU. In the last year, we’ve seen an increase in SDK and API usage and we’ve heard from current Alteryx users that they want an easier way to obtain the greatest business value through customizations. Whether it’s building a custom tool for Alteryx Designer or integrating your proprietary Python model in a workflow, there are endless possibilities of what you can accomplish by working with our APIs and SDKs.

If you’re already comfortable programming, we encourage you to visit Alteryx IO to access our SDK References to see what functionality is available to solve your specific use case.  Additionally, if you prefer, you can view documentation directly in GitHub through our ayx-developer-sdk repository.

The Bigger Picture

Alteryx IO gives our partners, customers, and users the ability to easily create tools, macros, APIs, and apps by utilizing developer resources and learning materials. We also want you to have the ability to post and sell these tools, macros, extensions and apps on a verified first-party marketplace.  

What will this look like? Once your creations are uploaded, we will verify the quality and ensure security standards are met. Then, other Alteryx users will be able to visit our first-party marketplace, Alteryx Exchange (coming soon), to purchase these solutions. This will mitigate the need for our users to spend the time and energy creating their own solutions to a problem that you’ve already solved.

Alteryx IO is the perfect solution for developers of all skill levels. Its easy-to-use interface and resources cater to every learning style, make the development process less complicated and more like playing with LEGO bricks. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, Alteryx IO can help you achieve your development goals and create amazing custom solutions that expand the Alteryx Analytics Cloud Platform. So why not give it a try? Head over to and see what you can build. We’re excited to see what you create! 

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