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.

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

 

Edit Data Sources

Entries tab

Displays the data source columns and rows

User Permissions tab

Displays the list of users permitted to access the data source

Settings tab

Displays the data source settings

 

User Permissions tab

Add new user

Allows granting access permissions to the data source to another user 

User list

Displays a list of users permitted to access the data source. The list shows the following information:

  • Full name

  • Email address

  • Permission type

  • Action (see Delete permission below)

Delete permission

Allows deleting access of another user to the data source

 

Settings tab

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

Allows applying additional developer features such as security and two-factor authentication to the data source using Fliplet’s DataSource JavaScript API.

Bypassing validation

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 52e518email@mail.com, and use the verification code 999999 to validate without receiving emails or text messages.