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Will deleting an app make the name available again?

Hi Folks

Just want to know if I delete an app - will it then free up that app name so I can create a new one?

We have a new MVP but I want to keep the same URL as the first MVP.

Any other ideas or suggestions would be great !

Thanks
John

Hi there, @john.buchelin… yes, deleting an app does free up the name so you can create a new app with that same name.

Best…
Mike

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Excellent - thanks Mike!

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Well, I have just deleted my app so as to start over. Now, when recreating I get the message "Sorry ‘name of the app’ is alredy taken. :frowning:

Either you got super unlucky and someone created an app with the same name in that time or it hasn’t updated and should be available in a few seconds.

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Bumping into the same issue. I had App 1, which I wanted to copy into App 2.

So I created App 2, then saw the copy button, and deleted App 2 in order to Copy App 1 “into it” instead.

Upon attempting to do so, I see the message that App 2 name is already taken.

Stuck. Hopefully this resolves itself.

It looks like this behavior has changed since I posted my response in July. I tried a test this morning, and the name of an app I deleted the better part of an hour ago is still not available for use with a new app. I know that wasn’t the case back in July (i.e., names of deleted apps were available immediately).

Who knows… maybe Bubble is only flagging the apps for deletion now and then actually deleting them via a bulk operation at a certain time of the day, but again, the behavior is definitely different now.

Best…
Mike

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Confirmed that 24 hours later and the name of my deleted app is still “Taken”. Might write into support given I’m not sure how fastidiously they read this forum.

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@eve @josh @emmanuel Can you give some insight on this please?

Hello folks! We’ve updated this behavior recently, so old app names are no longer available even after app deletion. Since these app names are used primarily for indexing purposes – that is to say, they’re not visible to your users after you’ve upgraded to a plan where you can place your app on a custom domain – we’ve chosen to do this to allow our team a better means of keeping track of deleted applications.

We are also working on a way to allow our Success team to “free up” these app names upon user request, so once that feature is available you’ll be able to write in to us at [email protected] and have us permanently clear out your old app’s history to reuse the name.

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Thanks, @eve. This is similar to what I just heard from Carla at support (quoted below). I’d be very interested that “free up” feature once it’s complete - a drag not to have access to a name because I own the deleted instance!

“Thanks for reaching out; we are sorry to hear about this experience! While, we do not recycle app names, we are reevaluating if there is way for us to allow then to be reused once an app has been deleted and will update the community if our policy on this changes. Do keep in mind that once an app is on a custom domain, the name of the app will no longer be visible to your end users. The app names are only used for indexing purposes on Bubble’s end. Let us know if you have further questions!”

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Well, now we know. I wish I could edit my initial response in this thread to tell anyone who comes across it in the future to keep reading past that response, but no dice.

@john.buchelin, because it’s your thread, I believe only you can mark a response as the solution, and I would suggest you mark Eve’s response as the solution to this thread.

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@simon.riker @eve Hello, I’m just facing with the same situation, which brought me here now. I’m also very interested in the free up name feature. What would be the best way to know the status on the progress of the feature so that we could write to the support at appropriate timing?

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All of our releases are displayed on the Releases page, so keeping an eye there is your best bet! Our team can also add your info to our ticket if you write in to us at [email protected] :slight_smile:

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Excellent - thanks Eve !

Good idea - all done.
Thanks

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Well shoot. I wish I had known that. I haven’t even gotten started yet and I’m stuck.
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