SQL troubleshooting

Troubleshooting issues with your SQL database

Within this section we will discuss how to troubleshoot issues with your SQL database - this will likely be with the help of a member of the Budibase team. If you are experiencing an issue one of the best ways to resolve it is to raise an issue on Github.

SQL Schema export

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Schema export is designed for debugging

This feature is designed to help the Budibase team resolve issues with your schema - we want to provide the best experience possible for every user out of the box and providing your schema helps to debug issues with typing, relations and other unique scenarios.

In this article we will cover how to export the schema of your database through Budibase - this can be done manually with tools like pg_dump for Postgres, but we have provided a tool within Budibase to export what is most helpful when debugging issues. We would also like to highlight that this export is only the structure and schema of your tables and does not contain any data; however if you have any sensitive table or column names please discuss this with the Budibase team.

It is worth noting while the export is a good representation of your data, it is not designed to be used to replicate your data within a production environment, we have designed this to extract the information needed for debugging, not a perfect mirror of the database.

Exporting your schema

This feature is currently available exclusively for self-hosted instances of Budibase. It is unlikely that this capability will be added to cloud instances of Budibase.

To start exporting your schema you will need to click into your database that you are experiencing an issue with. To start, click into the datasource from the "Data" section of the app builder.

Within a datasource you will be able to look at its settings, tables, relationships and queries. Within these options you can select the "Settings" tab of your datasource - this will only be available SQL based datasources.

From here clicking the download button will trigger a schema export from your database. This will export all of the tables that can be accessed, not necessarily just the ones that are imported into Budibase.

From here, you will have a file named like PostgresSQL-dump.sql - you can open this file see the schema of your tables depicted.

As above, this does contain all of the tables/columns within your database, we have not edited this in anyway as it could inhibit our ability to debug/discuss with you about your problem. If you do not wish to provide your schema publicly as say part of a Github issue, you can email the schema to [email protected] including a reference to the issue/discussion that this is related to.