Views

Learn more about views within Budibase

Views are virtual tables that present data from a table with a preset filter or grouping.

When you create a View within Budibase, it presents you with all the data from its linked table. This provides you with a canvas to manipulate your data without changing the data within the original table. This is crucial, as it protects your original data. It also allows you to create:

  1. Filters
  2. Sort
  3. Hide columns

When designing your UI, you can use a View with auto-generated screens, as well as for custom UI development. Say you have a table of Sales employees, and their total sales, you can create a view which gives you the total sales of all Sales employees. You can then reference the data from this View in the Design section of Budibase.

How to create a new view

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Internal Budibase DB only

Currently views are only available for the internal DB. For other data sources, you may be able to make use of Custom queries.

You must have created a table before you can create a view.

To create a new view, click the Create view button, and give it a name.

Filters

One of the core features of views is the ability to filter rows according to particular criteria. When a Row is filtered, it is not deletedβ€”it's just hidden from the particular view you're using and remains within the table (views are virtual tables!).

Try adding filters when:

  • You need to focus on rows that meet certain conditions (e.g. Classes between May and June, and taught by Albert Einstein).
  • You need to display certain information, to certain people (e.g Each salesperson can only view their own commission).

How to create a new filter

To create a new filter:

  1. Click the Filter button
  2. Click Add Filter
  3. Select the Column you would like to filter
  4. Select a filter function
  5. Type your query
  6. Click Save

You can also save a filtered table as a new view: