Airtable alternative for your own database

Visual DB combines the familiar interface of a spreadsheet with the robustness and central management of a relational database.

The Limitations of Traditional Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are a popular choice for storing tabular data due to their familiar, row-by-column interface and ease of use. However, they can quickly become unwieldy as data grows. Spreadsheets aren't ideal for large-scale structured data or maintaining data integrity. When individuals copy the spreadsheet and introduce inconsistent updates, it leads to the problem known as "multiple versions of the truth."

Visual DB: Bridging the Gap

Visual DB transcends these limitations by marrying the spreadsheet interface with a robust relational database. Each row in the spreadsheet is backed by a database record, and is stored in a centralized database. This synergy achieves unparalleled data consistency, integrity, and scalability.

Advanced Features: Beyond the Spreadsheet

Visual DB is not merely a spreadsheet replacement but also offers sophisticated capabilities commonly associated with business intelligence tools. These features include but are not limited to:

  • Grouping with unlimited nesting levels
  • Aggregation: see summaries at each level
  • Sorting on multiple columns
  • Advanced filtering

Advanced Filtering

Visual DB is very good at helping you locate the record you want to update. It has advanced filtering that supports combining AND/OR conditions. It also has full-text filtering that instantly updates the screen as you type.

Scalability and Performance

Visual DB supports the display of up to 100,000 records simultaneously, with the flexibility to use query parameters for rendering subsets of data, thus accommodating databases of virtually any scale.


Relational databases frequently function as bridges between various business applications. However, if a database is proprietary and is behind the firewall of another company, its effectiveness as an integration hub is compromised. Visual DB allows users to bring their own databases, ensuring they have complete control and ownership. This ensures interoperability with multiple applications beyond just Visual DB. This flexibility distinguishes Visual DB from competitors like Airtable.

Key Features

Here are the main features of the spreadsheet aspect of Visual DB:

  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Database).
  • Your database can be hosted in any cloud provider, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS and Google cloud.
  • Supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server.
  • No code. Build sheets and forms with zero coding or SQL knowledge.
  • Role-based access control: Decide who can add/remove columns and who can only enter/update data.
  • Full-text filtering that instantly updates the screen as you type.
  • Advanced filtering that supports combining AND/OR conditions.
  • Grouping with unlimited levels of nesting.
  • Unlimited number of records per table (compare to 50,000 in Airtable).
  • Use query parameters to determine which subset of rows (out of millions) to display.
  • Display columns from lookup tables, not just the main table.
  • Instant scrolling of up to 100,000 rows.

Try it today with your own database.