How Much Will It Cost To Make an On-Demand Food Delivery App?

On-demand applications like taxi booking, food ordering, grocery ordering, or other services have solved people’s problems with real-world solutions. Now people can order anything at the convenience of their home.

Consequently, the popularity of on-demand applications is rising. In this category, on-demand food delivery apps are top-rated according to Google trends.

So, if you have the requirement of developing an on-demand food delivery app, you must be concerned about the cost associated with it.

This blog will explain the cost of developing a food delivery app based on various factors.

Cost-Driving Factors of Food Delivery App Development 

The amount of money that goes into developing a food delivery app depends upon various factors. Therefore, for calculating a fair estimation, you need to consider these parameters in detail.

You can discuss your food delivery app idea and requirements with a food delivery app development company and get the accurate cost of building the app.

Below, we will present various factors affecting app development’s cost.

  • App Development Platform

You must decide on which platform to deploy your app from, the native platforms of iOS and Android. According to StatCounter, as of June 2022, the market share of Android is 72.11%, and iOS is 27.22%. Therefore, it is necessary to develop apps for both of these platforms.

Developing an app for a native platform will cost you higher as you will need to focus on the features and requirements on both platforms separately. In comparison, choosing a hybrid app development technology like flutter or React Native will cost you less.

  • Feature Complexity

Developing a food ordering app works on various levels, including Restaurants, Customers, Delivery persons, and the Admin. Therefore, you must ensure your app features make all the stakeholder’s life easy. 

Let’s deduce the features of the food delivery apps:


  • Sign up and log in
  • Search Menu
  • Search Filters
  • Cart
  • Payment Integration
  • Order Tracking
  • Restaurant Details
  • Rewards, Loyalty, and Coupons
  • Push Notifications

Delivery Person

  • Sign up and log in
  • Order Management
  • Updating the Order Status
  • Location Access
  • Push Notifications


  • Admin Log-in
  • Restaurant Management
  • Order Management
  • Support
  • Customization
  • Review and Rating Management
  • Payment Management


  • Sign up and log in
  • Menu Management
  • Push Notifications
  • Checking Rating and Review
  • Theme Customization
  • Payment Management
  • Delivery Management
  • Technology Stack

Your tech stack changes as per the project scope and affects the overall food delivery app development cost.

Moreover, your app requires third-party integration depending upon the features, including Google Maps, Payment Gateways, etc.

Here is the technology stack you need to build a food delivery app.

Cloud Services: Azure, AWS, Kahu, Cloud Sigma, etc.

Registration: Google Sign-In, Facebook Login SDK, etc.

Payment: Paypal, Stripe, Amazon Payment, Braintree, Square API, etc. 

Maps and Locations: Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, Mapbox, Mapkit JS, etc.

Restaurant Listing: Foursquare API, Grubhub API, Yelp Fusion API, etc.

Analytics: Google Analytics, Apple Analytics, etc.

  • UI/UX Design

A seamless app layout is crucial for your food delivery app to succeed. Therefore, ensure you hire an experienced company providing food delivery app development services focusing on smooth UI/UX design. 

The UI/UX design of the app depends on the factors like app complexity, features, etc. Based on these factors, we can break down the app design cost from $3000 to $30,000 (or more as per project scope).

  • App Testing 

App testing is one of the most crucial processes to ensure your app works smoothly at all stages and devices. Testing the app will correct the mojo and minor issues in the app and fix the bugs after the launch.

Apart from the specific testing process, in Agile project methodology, app testing is a continuous process. Therefore, the cost of developing a food delivery app might differ depending on how you configure the testing. 

After considering all the factors, your app testing will be between $5,000 and $25,000 (or more as per the requirements).

  • Cost of Hiring the Food Delivery App Development Company 

The common factor on which the overall development cost of your food delivery app depends is how much the company will charge for its work. Several on-demand food delivery app development companies are available in the market through which you can select a company per your requirements.

The more complex the feature requirement you have, you need to hire an experienced company accordingly, which will increase the app development cost. 

If you want to validate your app idea in the market, you can consider hiring an app development company that offers MVP development services. 

The cost of hiring the app development company will range from $40,000 to $60,000 for standard features. Whereas, for complex feature requirements and third-party integration, this cost can be more than $300,000. 


Several on-demand food delivery apps have already acquired most of the market. However, with a balanced approach and unique app idea, this market still has scope for more opportunities for businesses.  

Estimating the cost of app development is challenging and requires your full attention. I hope this blog helps you in having a crystal-clear picture of the overall cost of an on-demand app.

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