Announcing the Airtable Platform

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Hello Airtable Community! :wave:

We have a lot of exciting news to share today as part of our launch of the Airtable Platform. I’ll share some high-level details here in this post and also direct you to our other announcement resources that include more specific information. Most importantly, I’d recommend reading the official announcement from our CEO, Howie Liu where he covers each of our major new platform features:

  • Apps (renamed from blocks) and the Airtable Marketplace
  • Automations
  • Airtable Sync

Airtable Marketplace

A new apps marketplace for creators like you

Previously, you’ve used Blocks to customize Airtable with pre-built functionality like maps and Gantt charts. Now, with the launch of Airtable Apps, we’re renaming Blocks and expanding the platform’s capabilities by enabling creators to build their own apps fully integrated with Airtable.

We’ve also just launched a new Airtable Marketplace where you can browse and install apps created by Airtable, our partners, and creators like you. Today, you can access more than 50 available apps! And along with this, we’re excited to announce an official pathway for any developers to submit their custom app to the marketplace.

We believe that a strong developer ecosystem can solve broader, deeper problems and help teams tailor the entire Airtable experience to their specific operational and business needs. To demonstrate this, I want to highlight five apps that have been built by fellow community members:

Lastly, here’s a short video about creating your own blocks.

Ready to explore? Visit the Airtable Marketplace at airtable.com/marketplace →


Airtable Automations

Create powerful workflows with automations

Automations allow you to configure custom trigger-action workflows directly within your Airtable base. This will help your team go faster by creating custom notifications, automating redundant work, and integrating seamlessly with your favorites tools.

Many of you have already been testing Automations, and we’re pleased to share that it’s now officially available to all Airtable users.

Learn more about how to set up an Automation here


Airtable Sync

Share information across your network with Airtable Sync

The ability to share information between bases has been a top feature request from Airtable customers. Now, you can set up a table to be automatically synced from one base to another. This also means you can now link records between bases! :tada:

This brand new feature will open up countless possibilities, allowing you to create a single source of truth across multiple teams, workflows, and bases.

So, how does Airtable Sync work?

  • A view share link allows data to be synced by other teams. With the link, other teams can instantly sync data without needing to deal with exporting and importing data.

  • A view from one base can be used as a synced table in another base

  • You can manually or automatically update synced tables

  • A synced table is read-only and can be used without impacting the original data source

Browse our support articles that cover more in-depth functionality →

Have questions?

If you have a question or feedback about this launch, my colleague @Taylor_Savage and I will be responding in this topic throughout the day today. You may also want to check out a related update for developers: Custom Blocks update: Apps, SDK v1.0.0, and more.

We’re looking forward to seeing everything this community will build with these new features!

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The Airtable team really knows how to kick off the week with a BANG! I can see where my day is going… :wink:

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Happy building @Justin_Barrett! Where are you hopping in first?

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Most likely base syncing, @Jason. I’d love to sync contacts between my business and personal bases. However, I’ve got a class to teach in 15 minutes, so I need to focus for the next hour…which is going to be REALLY difficult. :laughing:

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@Justin_Barrett Could walk your class through an interactive learning session :laughing:

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Does this mean that Custom Blocks / Apps is officially out of beta?

Also, the name “marketplace” implies that there would be apps for sale. However, it currently does not look like the marketplace sells apps; it merely makes them available. Any financial transaction need to take place off platform. Care to comment on the the “marketplace” name and the ability to sell?

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Haha! If only today’s topic wasn’t the basics of using Python in Maya, I’d be all over it! :slight_smile: I’ll definitely mention it to my classes, though. I use Airtable to track and organize a lot of stuff for this class (and they sorta-kinda know it), and I can see that expanding even further with some of these new/expanded features.

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It does!

A few of our engineers are holding an AMA session later geared specifically towards developers (and dev related questions) - I’d suggest posting this question there :slight_smile:

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This is super exciting! Been meaning to build a block, I mean app that integrates with Pory.io to make turning data into websites easier. Can’t wait to see more tutorials pop up :slight_smile:

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@pory We’re excited too! Looking forward to more custom apps.

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In the updated Automation docs, it lists “G Suite Triggers” at the end of the trigger list, but such triggers don’t appear in Airtable. I do see the G Suite actions, though. Not sure if this is a documentation error, or if G Suite triggers are coming later.

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@Justin_Barrett Coming soon, but I just removed the reference for now. Thanks!

@Jason, @Taylor_Savage and team - a wonderful leap forward on many dimensions.

@Bill.French Appreciate the kind words! Our platform team did an amazing job here.

Shout out to @Michelle_Valentine for helping me through the process of getting Scheduler on the Marketplace!

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Very exciting announcements today!! Great job!! :smiley::raised_hands::clap::tada::confetti_ball: Woo hoo!!!

Funny, I was in the recording studio all weekend long, recording 26 Airtable training videos, and just yesterday I had this line in my script: “Blocks should really just be called ‘apps’, because that’s what they are. Blocks are tiny little apps that we can install inside of Airtable to give us extra functionality, such as importing records.”

Looks like my Nostradamus skills are still intact! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: And now — I’m off to redo the training video! Lol.

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They did, and more important (perhaps) is the unleashing of the market to expand with innovation, clever add-ins, and new services – all driven by incentives that encourage the freedom to establish great solutions for personal and business activities.

These steps are significant technical milestones that I (and many others in this community) have encouraged for years. But they also represent the opening of business-friendly floodgates that will likely take Airtable to far greater heights and success.

Long ago I wrote -

Please build features that help us help ourselves.

It appears you have. The greatest gift is often as simple as a fishing pole. Airtable market expansion and its ability to address hundreds of domains of expertise are about to begin and I predict it will be a great story.

Now, if we could just get you folks to open-source all the original blocks, a growing community is ready to make all of those features better as well. :wink: No pressure; next week is just fine.

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Bad timing, eh? This is precisely why we need a developers partners program so you don’t get blindsided like this.

And they can be giant ones as well. But you are right - they’re apps not unlike Lightning apps in Sales Force and I’m sure many other similar approaches.

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Glad we’re in sync on that (pun intended) :smiley:

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