I want to buy/subscribe to salesforce edition. I need to have a connected app that I will use for authenticating salesforce users on my third party webapp. The only reason I want to subscribe to salesforce is just to create a connected app. What are my options?

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You can create a Developer Edition and park a Managed Package there with your Connected App. You only need a paid edition if you want to use it for your business (e.g. marketing/sales/support) as well as your LMO (License Management Org). There's no need to pay just to have a Connected App. Just remember to meet the minimum qualifications to avoid being marked inactive and deleted.

  • for more background can you please reference my above comment. Also, Is it fine to use Developer edition just for connected app (not going to use for anything else) if I am going to get monetary benefit from my web app?
    – explorer
    Oct 30, 2022 at 19:08
  • @explorer Yeah, I have a couple of my own, actually. It works great.
    – sfdcfox
    Oct 30, 2022 at 19:23
  • Thanks for confirming. Also, if you have a any reference documentation that will be great!
    – explorer
    Oct 30, 2022 at 20:28
  • @explorer A reference for what, exactly?
    – sfdcfox
    Oct 30, 2022 at 20:37
  • Just wondering if you know a place where it was mentioned that Developer Edition may be used for creating a connected app for third party webapps that are built for revenue generation.
    – explorer
    Oct 30, 2022 at 21:04

From https://help.salesforce.com/s/articleView?id=sf.connected_app_overview.htm&type=5

Connected Apps can be created in: Group, Professional, Enterprise, Essentials, Performance, Unlimited, and Developer Editions

Connected Apps can be installed in: All Editions

A connected app is one thing, but to make it useful you probably want to be able to write Apex (the Salesforce proprietary, java-like OOP language). In which case you need at least the "Enterprise" edition.

  • Derek, I only need this connected app for authentication of the users in their own orgs. I don't use my org for anything else. I also may use the same for the monetary benefit in the future. so, wondering if Developer edition is suitable.
    – explorer
    Oct 30, 2022 at 18:32
  • @explorer This is starting to sound like you want to be an ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and publish an App on Salesforce's AppExchange. I.E. You create a thing on Salesforce (which can make callouts to external sites) that you then list on AppExchange (after going through the Security Review). The more details you can include in your question, the more accurate/useful the answers you'll get will tend to be.
    – Derek F
    Oct 30, 2022 at 18:44
  • Not sure If I go under ISV, but I am working on a webapp (not a managed package) and it's almost done. Basically, it works similar to CoderPad. Difference is users can execute apex and compile formula fields. So, I don't need a managed package like ISV's do.
    – explorer
    Oct 30, 2022 at 19:03

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