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4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Hi everyone, I am new to Airtable and I have been stuck on this for a while now, basically what I need is:

  1. A Products table for thousands of products
  2. These products can be grouped into 10 main categories
  3. There are a few dozen sub-categories under each main categories

What I would like to achieve is, each time when I am adding a new product record, I can select the main categories drop down menu, and after that only those sub-categories related to that main categories will show in the sub-category drop down menu

I am totally lost here, please help.

Thanks in advance.


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Hi @Anson_Au-Yeung - you can’t do dependent dropdowns in Airtable, I’m afraid, but my recommendation for a workaround is this:

Build a categories/subcategories table:

Screenshot 2021-04-14 at 09.17.13

The first field is a formula which concatenates the category and subcategory name.

Then in your products table you can link a product to the categories table and lookup the category and subcategory:

Screenshot 2021-04-14 at 09.19.44

7 - App Architect
7 - App Architect

Hi Anson,

What you are referring to is dynamic variable conditions for linked record fields.

Airtable rolled out “Dynamic Variables” to their automation “Find Records”. It enables you to set a condition as dynamic.

IF this were to be rolled out to the the linked record field type, you could accomplish this.
This functionality would look through values in the destination table and filter the linked record options for only those records which match those conditions on the table being worked on.



please be sure to email this to to push them on this linked record feature

Thank you Jonathan, I’ll have a crack at it, cheers!!


Dear Allen,

Thanks a lot for letting me know, I’ll send them an email for sure.