Budibase DB is our native datasource. Any data you add here is stored directly on your Budibase instance.
You can create a table when you are in the Data section of the application builder.
Add source and then click the
Create new table button.
To add new columns to an existing Budibase DB table, navigate to the table you want to edit, then click the
+ button along the top-right of the grid view. This will display a popover where you can configure the column you want to add.
- Step into the table through the sidebar
- Hover over the column name you want to edit
- Click the three dots and select Edit column
The display column is an important aspect when you're setting up relationships in tables. The column you select as a display column will be the one visually displayed inside a relationship column in another table.
Selecting a column during the table creation is only possible if you import data using a
CSV file. To select a display column in any other situation, edit the column you want to make the display. This will give you the Use as table display column option as shown below.
Alternatively you can set the display column from the edit column dropdown.
After creating a new Budibase DB table you can add any number of built-in (auto types) columns you want to have. Each of these will be automatically updated whenever rows are added or updated in your table.
When adding a column, select Auto Column, and then the specific sub-type.
|Auto ID||An automatically generated ID|
|Created by||The user who created the row|
|Created at||When this row was created|
|Updated by||The user who updated the row last|
|Updated at||The time when the row was updated last|
Create table from CSV
You can Import a CSV/JSON file as a new Budibase table.
Within Budibase DB there are several data types to choose.
|Text||Storage of (relatively) short text|
|Long Form Text||Allows you to store large amounts of texts, also supports markdown|
|Options||Predefined list of options of which one can be selected|
|Multi-select||Predefined list of options of which multiple can be selected|
|Number||Storage of number|
|Boolean (True/False)||Storage of true/false|
|Date/time||Storage of a date with a time|
|Attachments||Storage of a file. Limited to 20MB per file|
|Relationships||Creates a link between this table and another table|
|JSON||Allows you to store JSON within a row, with the option to define a schema|
|Barcode/QR||A text representation of a barcode or QR code|
|Auto Column||Auto columns can be added post-creation of the database by selecting data type.|
Common column options:
|Name||The name of the column, used for querying and displaying|
|Type||The type of data you want to store.|
|Use as table display column||Enabling this will make the newly created column the display column. This will also automatically make the field required|
|Primary index||Enabling this allows you to search in this field|
|Secondary index||When primary index is in use, you can enable a second index for searching|
Data type specific column options:
|Property Name||Description||Data Types|
|Enable Rich Text Format Support||Enabling this will allow you to store markdown||Long Form Text|
|Options||The select-able options available for this column, one per line.||Options, Multi-select|
|Table||Allow a relationship to the specified table||Relationship|
|Column name in other table||The relationship created will also be visible in the related table, this will set the new column name on the related table||Relationship|
The following column constraints are available:
|Constraint Name||Description||Data Types|
|Required||When enabled, a value must be set for this field||All|
|Maximum Length||The maximum length that can be stored in this column||Text|
|Min Value||When set, any value entered in the database lower than this number will be rejected||Number|
|Max Value||When set, any value entered in the database higher than this number will be rejected||Number|
|Earliest||When set, any date before the specified date is rejected for new rows||Date/Time|
|Latest||When set, any date after the specified date is rejected for new rows||Date/Time|
External datasource constraints
You can add Budibase constraints to external table columns, however this is entirely for form validation and will not restrict the data that is saved.
Instead, you must add data constraints yourself to any external table schemas.
When using the Budibase DB, there are two environments to consider.
The Development environment represents the data that you see and interact with when using the app builder, which includes the Data and Design sections, and the App preview.
If in doubt, you can see if you are in the dev environment from the URL, which will show
/app/app_dev_abc... in the path. In production, the URL will appear without the
Production represents your live environment. This is the data that your End Users will interact with. When in the app builder, production data will continuously sync and update your development data, although a page refresh may be needed to see the new changes.
Whenever you Publish your app, any edits, inserts or deletes made in your dev data will be pushed into production, which may overwrite existing data.
Things are a little different when using an external database such as SQL.
In this case the data in either environment will read and write to the database that you connected to.
You can use Environment variables 🔒 to make use of development and production databases.
Updated 4 months ago