What are Data Sources?
Data sources are similar to spreadsheets, or database tables found in traditional apps. The information shown in your app is often stored in data sources. Typically, data that your users enter in forms is also saved into data sources.
Some Fliplet components require the use of data sources. Examples include the Form and List from data source (LFD) components as well as the Login and other security components. You can read more about these components in other articles in the help center.
All your data sources and the records inside them are available for viewing in the App Data menu. For an introduction to App Data, read this article.
Why use Data Sources
Data sources are essential to displaying information to your users as well as saving information that your users enter into your app.
Data sources are essential to the operation of some Fliplet components, including the Form component, the List from data source (LFD) component, and most of the security components.
A single data source can be used across several apps. For example, you can use a single contact directory data source across multiple apps.
Data sources do not have a size limit
Options in Data Sources
When setting up a data source for a component
Select a data source
Allows creation of a new or selection of an existing data source.
Edit data source
Displays the Edit Data Sources window
Create data source
Creates a new data source
Edit Data Sources
Security rules tab
Displays the security rules
Displays the data source columns and rows
Studio user Permissions tab
Displays the list of users permitted to access the data source
Displays the data source settings
Studio user Permissions tab
Add new user
Allows granting access permissions to the data source to another user
Displays a list of users permitted to access the data source. The list shows the following information:
Allows deleting access of another user to the data source
Allows retrieving the bypass code needed to bypass email verification. This is applicable only if the data source is used with an email verification component. You will need to prefix the user email address with the bypass code, e.g email@example.com, and use the verification code 999999 to validate without receiving emails or text messages.
Delete data source
Allows deleting of the data source
Data source ID
Non-editable field displaying the data source ID
Data source name
Displays the name of the data source. You can change the data source name by entering the new name here.
Do you want to exclude this data when downloading the app?
When checked, the data is excluded from the app when a user downloads it. This means that an Internet connection will be required when using the app.
Data source definition
Data source hooks
Allows for the setting of data source hooks by Flipet components