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Background

I want to build a custom App Launcher as a lightning component using the Lightning Design System App Launcher.

I can query AppMenuItem to get apps display:

SELECT Id, ApplicationId, Label, StartUrl 
FROM AppMenuItem 
WHERE IsAccessible = TRUE 
AND IsVisible = TRUE 
ORDER BY UserSortOrder NULLS LAST, SortOrder NULLS LAST LIMIT 10

I'd like to know how to enable the user to navigate between apps by clicking on a link?

According the SOAP API Developer Guide: AppMenuItem the StartUrl field is:

For a connected app, the location users are directed to after they’ve authenticated. Otherwise, the application’s default start page.

And returns a value like:

https://x--x.my.salesforce.com/home/home.jsp?tsid=02u4J0000004OQ1

But clicking on the StartUrl doesn't swap the user between apps.

Question

  1. How can I enable the user to navigate between Lightning Apps using my custom App Launcher?

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