Get started with Baserow

Here are the things that you should keep in mind before you start using Baserow for the first time. In this section, you will learn about the fundamental components and the essentials of starting with Baserow. Let’s go!

Welcome to Baserow!

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Baserow is an open-source no-code database tool which allows you to collaborate on projects, tasks and more. It gives you the powers of a developer without leaving your browser.

We are an open-source alternative to Airtable, featuring unique self-hosting capabilities, a high-performance design to handle very large volumes of data and an API-first design for interoperability with any other tool.

We will walk you through how Baserow can help you be more productive, no matter the size of your team or the size of your company. You’ll learn everything you need to know about using Baserow to make the best possible decisions for your company.

Curious about how to get up & running with Baserow? Let’s go over everything you need to get started.

How does Baserow work?

Baserow allows you to build and edit your own database without writing code. After you sign in, you’ll be taken to the Dashboard. The dashboard is where you can organize and view all your groups and databases. It is also the starting point for creating new databases and groups.

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The left-hand sidebar is made up of databases, and nested within are your tables. If you want to see a table, you just click on a database.

With the sidebar, you can zoom in on tables within a database or group, or even create a new database or table. You can see all your groups at once, as well as other databases, in a single click.

How to set up your account

There are two ways to create a new account on Baserow. You can either create an account directly from the sign up page or after being invited by an existing group admin.

Baserow can be configured in two ways, depending on how you intend to use it:

  • Hosted: SaaS offering on the website
  • Self-hosted: Host your own instance on-premise or in the cloud.

Learn how to set up Baserow.

Create an account from the signup page

To create a new account directly, go to the sign up page and enter your email address, name and password with a minimum of 8 characters. Click the Sign up button to be redirected to your dashboard.

Create an account from an invite

Shortly after being invited to create your Baserow account, you should receive an email that a user has invited you to collaborate in a group. If you don’t have an existing account, you will be prompted to create one.

Here’s how the invite appears in the pending user’s email inbox:

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Baserow will autofill the email address invited. If you prefer to have a different email address, make a request to the group admin to add an alternative email address.

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If you do not see an invitation message in your inbox, then check your email’s spam folder.

If you’re looking for something else, please feel free to make recommendations or ask us questions in our online community —we’re ready to assist you!