How to Build An App Like TikTok and its Cost

WebClues Infotech
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To develop an app like TikTok, there is not going to be a better time than now.

TikTok is already banned in India for security reasons as it is a Chinese app. The Trump government in the US has already given an ultimatum of 45 days to TikTok to sell itself to an American company. So TikTok is stuck between a political storm all over the world especially in the country with the most number of users.

TikTok has garnered 800 million users all over the world in just 3 years of its launch in 2017. The major factors that resulted in this achievement are

  • Easy to use Interface
  • Eye-catching design
  • Simple to use video editing tools for content creators
  • Excellent Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Short video format maximum of 1 minute

How to Develop an App-like TikTok

To create a similar app like TikTok is the work of a creative genius. So let us go through some technical requirements in the order of its importance for creating an app like TikTok.

Features of App like TikTok

Every technical decision you would take for creating an app like TikTok would in one or the other way depending on the features you choose for the platform. Apart from some commonly required features like multiple login options, video editing tools, audio uploading option, etc., there are some advanced features which will result in complexity of development and thus affecting the time and cost of development.

  • Video search feature
  • AR filter
  • Live video streaming
  • Changing the content genre while a user hits the exit button
  • Selection from recommended videos

TikTok already has some advanced features mentioned above but it still needs a lot of work in a segment where users can search the type of video they would like to watch.

Technology Stack for App like TikTok

To implement the above basic as well as advanced features you would need to use different technology accordingly. The most advanced technology stack you can use for building an app like TikTok can be referred to in the below picture.

Backend Technology for TikTok — WebClues Infotech


There are ready-made TikTok clones available if you would like to launch the app in a few weeks. But in my opinion to provide users with a similar experience or better then TikTok then you should develop an app Like TikTok by hiring a professional who has extensive experience of how to develop an app like TikTok.

The development team should have the following experts in the team

  • Programmer & Coder
  • UI/UX Designer
  • System expert
  • Algorithm Developer
  • QA
  • Project manager

Based on the features you choose to implement in your app like TikTok the technology stack and developer cost would wary upon it. So carefully choose the features to implement keeping the user satisfaction as a priority and thus also managing the budget till the complete launch.

Cost to Develop an App Like TikTok

If you consider developing your app in India and also after evaluating the above-mentioned factors in detail. The cost of developing an app like TikTok can range between $15K — $50K.

we hope the article takes you on your successful journey to develop an app as successful as TikTok.