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Power entire native apps, from auth to uploads.
Payload is the perfect native app headless CMS. Instantly get all the tools you need to power your native app backend—including APIs, authentication, content management, media storage, and more.
Creating a new account in a native app powered by Payload as a headless CMS

A native app powered by Payload as a headless CMS

Native app that features custom functionality powered by Payload as a headless CMS
Save time and budget

Backends and admin panels are hard, and you've built them many times before. Let Payload do that stuff so you can focus on your app.

Almost any native app needs to have a powerful back-office to manage users, orders, media, and more. If you've ever built a native app like this, you know how tiring it gets to have to build a web-based admin UI in addition to the native app itself. With Payload, you can focus only on what matters—your app.

Auto-generated admin panel

Don’t build an admin panel to manage your app from scratch.

Let Payload do it for you. Its UI was built to power any type of app—from simple to complex, and the best part is that it's fully extensible.

Learn about Payload's Admin UI
Native app admin panel headless CMS using Payload for back office
Creating a new account in a native app powered by Payload as a headless CMS
Creating a new account in a native app powered by Payload as a headless CMS
Reusable authentication

Use Payload Authentication to supercharge your native app development.

If the app you’re building needs authentication, Payload has you covered. You can use and extend Payload’s built-in Authentication however you need, complete with extremely robust access control measures. Build whatever type of user authentication patterns you need.

Learn about authentication
Custom logic

Implement custom business logic with Hooks.

Payload's auto-generated CRUD APIs can be extended in any way that your app needs with Hooks. If you need more than CRUD, no worries—it's your Node server. Add whatever your app needs right alongside of Payload in Express or GraphQL.

See the power of hooks
const Users = {
// ...
hooks: {
beforeChange: [
// Before the User is created or updated,
// sync it to Hubspot
afterChange: [
// Send the new User a welcome email
// after it's successfully created
afterRead: [
// Dynamically append user's active subscriptions
// straight from Stripe
Get started with one line.

npx create-payload-app