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NocoDB : The Open Source Airtable Alternative

o1lab
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NocoDB

Hey Everybody 👋 👋

We are really excited to show NocoDB on Dev.to forum today.

NocoDB is a free & open source Airtable alternative.

GitHub logo nocodb / nocodb

🔥 🔥 The Open Source Airtable alternative.

NocoDB
The Open Source Airtable Alternative

Turns any MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, SQLite & MariaDB into a smart-spreadsheet

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Quick try

1-Click Deploy

Heroku

Deploy NocoDB to Heroku with 1-Click

Using Docker

docker run -d --name nocodb -p 8080:8080 nocodb/nocodb
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Using Npm

npx create-nocodb-app

Using Git

git clone https://github.com/nocodb/nocodb-seed
cd nocodb-seed
npm install
npm start

GUI

Access Dashboard using : http://localhost:8080/dashboard

Join Our Community

Join NocoDB : Free & Open Source Airtable Alternative

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Features

Rich Spreadsheet Interface

  •  Search, sort, filter, hide columns with uber ease
  •  Create Views : Grid, Gallery, Kanban, Gantt, Form
  •  Share Views : public & password protected
  •  Personal & locked Views
  •  Upload images to cells (Works with S3, Minio, GCP, Azure, DigitalOcean, Linode, OVH, BackBlaze)!!
  •  Roles : Owner, Creator, Editor, Commenter, Viewer, Commenter, Custom Roles.
  •  Access Control : Fine-grained access control even at database, table & column level.

App Store for workflow automations :

  •  Chat : Microsoft…

Just six weeks ago we launched NocoDB and NocoDB now has :

  • 660,000+ Docker downloads!
  • 13,600+ Github stars! 💫 💫 💫
  • 1,100+ strong discord community!
  • And by Runa Capital's analysis, NocoDB has been the fastest growing open source project for Q2.
  • Evan You - Creator of Vue.js also tweeted about us! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

Did we anticipate this coming ?
Surely not. And as like many of you tinkerers, we were curious-anxious going into launch day. However, we are totally overwhelmed by the response of community. And would love to share more on the product & the journey here in Dev.to

How it works

docker run -p 8080:8080 nocodb/nocodb
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or

npx create-nocodb-app
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NocoDB simply works by connecting to your existing databases and transforming them into a smart spreadsheet interface! This allows you to collaborate just like google/airtable spreadsheets with your teams. And we also allow programmatic access to theses spreadsheet with REST & GraphQL APIs!

NocoDB currently works with

  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • SQLite
  • Amazon Aurora & MariaDB databases.

NocoDB: Gallery View

NocoDB: app store

NocoDB: programmatic API access

NocoDB: Collaborative spreadsheet

NocoDB : Integrate with zapier

Also NocoDB's app store allows you to build business workflows on views with combination of Slack, Microsoft Teams, Discord, Twilio, Whatsapp, Email & any 3rd party APIs too. Plus NocoDB provides programmatic access to APIs so that you can build integrations with Zapier / Integromat and custom applications too.

FEATURES :

Rich Spreadsheet Interface :

  • ⚡ Sort, search, filter, hide columns with ease
  • ⚡ Create Views : Grid, Gallery, Kanban, Gantt, Form
  • ⚡ Share Views : public & password protected
  • ⚡ Personal & locked Views
  • ⚡ Upload images to cells (Works with S3, Minio, GCP, Azure & many more)!!
  • ⚡ Roles : Owner, Creator, Editor, Commenter, Viewer, Commenter, Custom.
  • ⚡ Access Control : Fine-grained access control even to column level.
  • ⚡ API tokens to integrate with n8n, Zapier & Integromat.

Automations & App store :

  • ⚡ Chat : Microsoft Teams, Slack, Discord, Mattermost
  • ⚡ Email : SMTP, SES, Mailchimp
  • ⚡ SMS : Twilio
  • ⚡ Whatsapp
  • ⚡ Any 3rd Party APIs

Programmatic API access via :

  • ⚡ REST APIs (Swagger)
  • ⚡ GraphQL APIs.
  • ⚡ Includes JWT Authentication & Social Auth

Please join our community

📣 Github : https://github.com/nocodb/nocodb
📣 Discord : https://discord.gg/5RgZmkW
📣 Twitter : https://twitter.com/nocodb


🔦 NocoDB's journey so far..

We open sourced two API solutions before NocoDB :

  • ⚡ A no-code REST APIs generator for any MySQL DB. ~4000+ Github Stars. This was a hobby project & had no GUI. 📈
  • ⚡ A low-code REST-GraphQL APIs generator for any database with GUI. Used by 100s of companies. Including fortune 500s & publicly trading companies. 📈

The thing that surprised us the most was that even non-developers started using our API products & rooting for us. 🚀 🚀 .. This made us to rethink & combine the power of our 2 API products then transform them into something better.


🎯 Why we building this ?

Most internet businesses equip themselves with either spreadsheet or a database to solve their business needs. Spreadsheets are used by a hundreds of millions humans collaboratively every single day. However, we are way off working at similar speeds on databases which are way more powerful tools when it comes to computing. Attempts to solve this with SaaS offerings has meant horrible access controls, vendor lockin, data lockin, abrupt price changes & most importantly a glass ceiling on what's possible in future.

❤️ Our Mission :

Our mission is to provide the most powerful no-code interface for databases which is open source to every single internet business in the world. This would not only democratise access to a powerful computing tool but also bring forth a billion+ people who will have radical tinkering-and-building abilities on internet.


💊 And.. There is.. One last thing.. this makes it insanely good :

NocoDB can be run from a single node.js file with just SIX lines of code in it! This minimalism means NocoDB runs even on the smallest of servers. Not just AWS, DigitalOcean, Heroku but also in A2Hosting & similar.

(async () => {
    const app = require('express')();
    const {Noco} = require("nocodb");
    app.use(await Noco.init({}));
    console.log(`Visit : localhost:${process.env.PORT}/dashboard`)    
    app.listen(process.env.PORT);
})()
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Hope you loved it. ❤️


Please join our community at :

📣 Github : https://github.com/nocodb/nocodb
📣 Discord : https://discord.gg/5RgZmkW
📣 Twitter : https://twitter.com/nocodb

Would love to hear your usecases & feedbacks. 🙌

GitHub logo nocodb / nocodb

🔥 🔥 The Open Source Airtable alternative.

NocoDB
The Open Source Airtable Alternative

Turns any MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, SQLite & MariaDB into a smart-spreadsheet

Build Status Node version Twitter

WebsiteDiscordTwitter



NocoDB - The Open Source Airtable alternative | Product Hunt

Quick try

1-Click Deploy

Heroku


Deploy NocoDB to Heroku with 1-Click


Using Docker

docker run -d --name nocodb -p 8080:8080 nocodb/nocodb
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Using Npm

npx create-nocodb-app

Using Git

git clone https://github.com/nocodb/nocodb-seed
cd nocodb-seed
npm install
npm start

GUI

Access Dashboard using : http://localhost:8080/dashboard

Join Our Community

Join NocoDB : Free & Open Source Airtable Alternative

Screenshots












Features

Rich Spreadsheet Interface

  •  Search, sort, filter, hide columns with uber ease
  •  Create Views : Grid, Gallery, Kanban, Gantt, Form
  •  Share Views : public & password protected
  •  Personal & locked Views
  •  Upload images to cells (Works with S3, Minio, GCP, Azure, DigitalOcean, Linode, OVH, BackBlaze)!!
  •  Roles : Owner, Creator, Editor, Commenter, Viewer, Commenter, Custom Roles.
  •  Access Control : Fine-grained access control even at database, table & column level.

App Store for workflow automations :

  •  Chat : Microsoft…

Happy Tinkering,
Team NocoDB

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

Here, Take my  Love, Trust, Appreciation and Money

I went to give you a star on github and turns out I had already starred it before. Maybe I stumbled across the repo few months ago, when I was searching for a self hosted version of airtable for a project I was working on.

Amazing feature set, Visuals are nice too. I will definitively use this in next project I need something like this.

Is self-hosted part always going to be free (and feature complete) in future?
Are you going to provide a paid, managed by you, instance in future for those who don't want to bother with hassles of self hosting?

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Looks good.. forking :)

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o1lab Author

Thank you - your contributions are welcome.

github.com/nocodb/nocodb#contributing

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Lucas G. Terracino

Sounds pretty good. Specially the six line thing for constrained environments.

Best of luck with the post launch. I'll be checking it soon!

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o1lab Author

Thank you!

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Haris Secic

Just to say: thank you. Given that I don't contribute to JS projects at least I can share the post

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o1lab Author

Thank you means much.

Our stack is in typescript, vuejs & javascript. We intend to convert most JS to TS soon.

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unpseudocomplique

Look great !
Any plans to support mongoDb to allow me to try in m'y company?

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o1lab Author

Its requested by a lot of people & we plan to have mongo. But just not yet :) We plan to make the current version stable and I believe mongo will be in some respects easier/

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unpseudocomplique

Agree with u 🙂

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Gautam krishna R

Great job guys. This was a much needed one. All the best.

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raju udava

In built support for multiple database! I can just plug my existing mysql database! Wow!

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o1lab Author

Yes! For any doubts please hopin to our discord : discord.gg/5RgZmkW

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Vasyl Rakivnenko

Awesome budiness-tool 🚀🚀🚀

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Tommy Hendrawan

Amazing! I will try use nocoDB for my next project!

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Islam AlZatary

Great Effort Guys, and On-time for me as i will start work on feature similar to Airtable.
thank you