Populating Single Select

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4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Trying to figure the basics of Airtable. At this point i just want to populate a Single Select field in Table A with information in a field from Table B. Doable?
Thank you for our time ~ Tom

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Yes-- if you paste into a Single Select field, it will automatically create new select options based on the pasted values.

Depending on exactly what you’re doing though (depending on the relationship between Table A and Table B), it’s possible that linked records + lookups are what you’re after. Here’s an article explaining how lookups work:

OK the LookUp + Single Select works. An interesting way to get there but all is well.


5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

It would be very nice to be able to poplulate a Single Select or Multiple Select with a Rollup from a linked table.

I’m using airtable as a PIM (product information managment). When mapping product attributes to various marketplace (Amazon, Overstock, etc…), it’s very important that the attribute value be exact. I maintain an Attributes table and an AttributeValues table. After linking an attribute to a product, it would be extremely helpful to populate a select with the values from AttribributeValues. This would ensure the value is correct.

Airtable really is a wonderful product, this addition would make quite a few things easier for our use.


5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

I think this is a related or identical question, I can’t quite tell.

In Table 1, I have a list of names. In Table 2, I’d like a single select drop down list that comes from the list of names in Table. This way I can add more names to the column in Table 1 and have them show up as options on the list in Table 2. Can anyone tell me if this is possible? I have played around with linked records and can’t figure it out.


6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Hi @Thomas_Carey, @Emmett_Nicholas,
Did you manage to populate the Single Select (dropdown) with data from another table using a Lookup? I can’t get my head around it. If you could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.

I’m trying to add a Single Select (categories), that pulls the options from a “Categories” table.


Did you find the solution to this? I’m new to Airtable and am trying to accomplish the same goal.

6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

@Burner no I haven’t. But still curious whether it’s possible.

Yes, you can, You only need to add typecast = true to the Records JSON,
“fields”: {
“Field 1”: “Test”,
“Field 2”: “Single Select field” }
], “typecast”: true

I used this example to add-update multiple records (10 records per request)

I don’t think @Carlos_Torres response does what we want, since we’re not trying to “add-update” records. We just want a single select dropdown populated by a linked record field. How could this feature not exist?

With this extension, you can automatically copy a lookup field value and paste in a single select field.

5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

I’m also looking for a way to do this - I simply want to populate a single select in Table A with options from a field in Table B. Surely this is possible?

The approach suggested in May 2017 works for me. It allowed me to choose a value from using the lookup list. In my case I used linked “Shop” table for the Shop field in “Purchase” table
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Seriously how is it possible that a “relational database” doesn’t have this ability?? I’m leaving this app, far too frustrating to be useful.

Airtable, this is a basic need. @Emmett_Nicholas your response in May 17 didn´t solve what many are asking here.

Any clue to how this can be solved? I´m leaving the app as well if such an essential need isn´t covered.

I guess, I figured it out on how to populate Single Select from existing data.
First, create Single Text column and paste all your data in this column. Once your data is pasted in this column, change the column type to “Single Select”.

This solved my issue!

Thanks for the workaround


Any plans to support populating a Single Select dropdown with values from another a column in another table?

Of course lookups do offer a workaround, but it is more like multi-select.

In similar way I mentioned above, you can populate single select column from linked and looked up records.