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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

The images being uploaded by the AirTable form are not showing in the table and cant be used. It is random, I have tried many image files to test and the icon every now and then show but sometimes don’t show.

When we download the image from the table record and reupload it works fine.

Can you please explain why? Help us fix? Or investigate to fix.

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Hi @Patrick_Hill,

Welcome to Airtable Community ! :grinning_face_with_big_eyes:

That seems odd, I have several forms with several attachments and they are working fine. I can take a look if you want.


7 - App Architect
7 - App Architect

Checking to see if your issue is similar to this one:

This is a relatively known issue in Airtable - read this thread.

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

sure, happy to work on a solution but I have confirmed it is an image processing error by airtable.

If it is a known issue why is Airtable not fixing it??
Very disappointing.

To be clear, my comment referenced another “known issue” that other Airtable users had experienced concerning attachment operations and to point out that there are a number of different types of possible issues.

Relatively speaking, Airtable is aware of at least the one I reported on behalf of more than one client and as you may have noticed in this forum, there are a variety of other issues and workarounds suggested.

The experience you are seeing is not identical to some of the others, and your specific case is not fully documented here. For example…

This is not enough data to state what the true cause is - were these images selected and uploaded when the user of the form was in a separate security context with the origin of the image? This matters greatly if the image is being uploaded by value or by reference. Other factors that play into the reliability of image attachments are image type, size, etc. Examples provide the best evidence for failure.

Because of all these variables, I recommend you file a support ticket with lots of details that prove the system is failing. You might actually discover that you’re not experiencing a bug at all.

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

We are having 100 submissions daily on an AirTable form. They happen by iPad, iPhone and generally in the home. It is not a security context or a file issue. It is definately a random image processing issue with AirTable. It happens approximately 15% of the time. We have to pay someone to sit there and monitor.

I have sent many emails to but they have been ignored.

Yep. That metric right there is pretty much our experience as well. We are seeing 21% of all API uploads of PDF documents that are publicly-hosted fail to “stick”.

For about a week now, 10% or more of the images uploaded to our Airtable forms (not API) are not showing up in preview like Patrick describes.

Are you not having this issue?