Data grid element

Add the Data Grid to a Project

When you drag-and-drop the Data Grid Element on the Canvas, you will be asked if you want to import Variables: Option to import variables with the data grid

You don't have to but, if you do, the Element will come with a ready-made Variable that contains fake data: Mock data in data grid

We did this to help you understand what kind of data the Element expects – in this case, a list of items – and how it works.

But let's have a look at how you can display your own data in the Data Grid.

Display Data in the Data Grid Element

In the example below, we replaced the fake data with one of our Collections, a list of rental cars with their current location and mileage: Binding collection data to a data grid

To ensure the Data Grid can understand which are unique, we mapped the "Unique id" property to the Airtable id in our Collection.

Then, we mapped each column in the Data Grid to a field in our database: Mapping data grid columns to database fields

🚨 Warning 🚨

Inline editing is only available for field types that are built in the data grid. You can display other Elements using the Custom type but users won't be able to update the values of these fields.

Data grid field types eligible to inline editing

Let Users Edit or Delete a Record

If you want to edit or delete a record in your database, you'll need to enable the Inline editing option in the Data Grid: Data grid field types eligible to inline editing

This will display the column with the little pencil (to edit) and bin (to delete) records.

When the user clicks on one of these icons, it will trigger the corresponding Workflow: Update and delete workflows in data grid

Note that the two triggers are:

  1. On update row, and
  2. On delete row.

If you delete them by mistake, you can easily recreate them with these triggers 🙂

To update (or delete) a record, the first thing you'll need to do is tell your database what is the unique id of the item you selected: Update and delete workflows in data grid

Then, you can update the fields you want in your database.

In the example below, we are updating our record with the value we have for the mileage field in our Data Grid: Binding field value from the data grid


With the "Allow selection" option enabled, you can let users select and delete multiple items at the same time. You'll find a step-by-step walkthrough on how to set this up at the end of the video above (hint: it requires a workflow with a for loop on the "Selected Rows" variable).

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Contributors: Joyce Kettering