Permissions - restrict access to one column

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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

I’m new to airtable, it’s great!

I’m trying to use it for a sign-off / authority database for leave requests, expenses claims etc.

Is it possible to give a collaborator access to some columns but not others on the database? For instance they could create new requests but only people with sign-off authority could tick the “approved” column for requests.

I know you could achieve this effect with a form for new entries but I’d prefer permission controls. Please let me know, thanks

Thanks Lyndon

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4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Is there any news on this? I would like to have an airtable where one can offer shifts to employees. The employees could then state there interest by adding their name to one column. The rest of the column may not be changed.

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

+1ing this, as this is a feature we desperately need.

Throwing my weight behind this one! We REALLY need to limit access to specific views, or even better, fields. Without such access control, we can’t let partners into our database for fear that they will erroneously edit critical data that they should not have access to.

Right now, it’s all or nothing. So we give our partners XLS files to update, which we then paste back into Airtable. We have also experimented with sync to Google Sheets via Railsware, for partner edit there. But both strategies are silly compared to view- or field-only access.

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

+1 for this it’s very hard to use AT as a PM system if anyone can change anything

Hi Katherine,

Is there an update from Airtable on this permissions feature since your May 2016 post? I work on a shared Base with other collaborators from different organizations- having the ability to lock certain fields for editing (Such as ID number fields, Status Fields) so that no one else can be accountable for changing them is very important for me.

I am trying to prevent certain members of my team from accidentally changing a field that may affect reporting. For example- A content creation team should only have access to editing a “Production Status” field, and an Operations team should only have access to editing a “Job Status” field.


Agreed Andrew! I have the same concerns as I collaborate with multiple partners on my base as well.

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Would love this feature, i’d immediately convert into a paid user

4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Why is this still not a thing? Seems like a no-brainer to have this kind of thing. I’ve been googling for an hour how to do this without success.

I have this exact same need.  Just logging it here, so that the Airtable team knows it's in demand.