Guide/September 15, 2022

How to Build an Internal CRUD Dashboard With Dashibase




How to build an internal CRUD dashboard with Dashibase

How often have you had to build some form of an admin panel—essentially a CRUD dashboard—for your non-technical teammates to view and update data in your database?

They need to find or update the data in the database. But you do not want to give them direct access to your database for security reasons. They probably would not know how to navigate a database too.

“Alright,” you say. And you go off to spend weeks or months building it.

But we know developers hate this task. We are developers ourselves. We have also spoken with about 100 developers, and here are some of their complaints:

  • “We built our dashboard with Vue but it takes so much time. Creating dashboards is not our core business. It is a waste of time.”
  • “I want to stop building dashboards and start building features.”
  • “Spending time on admin and internal tools is not productive. I want to find tools with more ROI.”

Well, I have a solution for you.

Build your dashboards with a Notion-like UI

An internal customers dashboard built with Dashibash

We believe creating beautiful internal tools should not be just painless but fun. We are starting with internal CRUD dashboards for now so that your team can have a nice, modern interface for viewing and updating data in your database.

Watch our video tutorial or read on to find out how to use Dashibase to build your internal CRUD dashboards:

Quick explanation

Dashibase allows you to build a dashboard on top of your database. For clarity, here are some of the terms we use:

  • Data source: This is the data that powers your dashboard. For now, that's your Postgres database but we plan to support more sources.
  • Dashboard: This is the friendly interface that you build on top of your data source using Dashibase.
  • Page: Each dashboard can have multiple pages. Each page can have multiple blocks of text or tables.

1. Connect a data source

First, go to “Data Sources” via the left sidebar and click on “Connect Data Source” in the upper-right corner.

You—or whoever has the database credentials—can connect your database to Dashibase. Currently, we support all Postgres databases.

Connecting a database in Dashibase

Once you have connected your database, you can also control what your team can see and edit in your database.

Setting data access in Dashibase

Most alternatives give everyone full access to the connected database, which is not safe. There are usually certain data that you don’t want others to edit or even see (e.g. address, email, identification number). Dashibase gives you that control. You can even control which columns within a table that others can see and edit.

Setting column-level access for your database in Dashibase
For the `tags` table, the `name` column can be read and updated, the `created_at` column can be read, and the `id` column cannot even be read.

Once you are happy with the data access control, you can decide who in your organization can edit this data source (usually other developers) or use this data source to create dashboards.

Setting user access to your connected data source in Dashibase

2. Build a dashboard in minutes

To create a dashboard, go to “Dashboards” via the left sidebar and click on “Create dashboard” in the upper-right corner. Start by naming your dashboard and selecting the data source.

For now, each dashboard can only be linked to one data source.

Creating a dashboard in Dashibase

Here’s where the fun begins. There are many ways to build your dashboards in Dashibase. We recommend trying these few things:


We want to make building super fast. Hence, just like in Notion, you can use markdown formatting to add headings, quotes, and dividers.

  • #, ##, ### for heading 1, 2, and 3 respectively
  • > for quote
  • --- for divider

Slash command

Instead of dragging components across your screen and dropping them on a blank canvas repeatedly, you can use slash command to quickly add blocks.

For example, you can type /table to add a table from your database to your dashboard. Then you can hide or show columns (including joined attributes), filter and sort, rename column header, adjust the column width, and more.

Single-item view

We automatically generate a single-item view of all the items in your table so that you do not have to build it yourself. No dragging form components and writing queries to connect them. Just there. Tada!

You can also edit the view, just like a Notion page. Drag to reorder, delete unwanted inputs, add dividers. The single-item view of all the items in that table will be updated accordingly.

With this, you and your teammates can easily view and update the data for each item.

Quick tip: As an editor of the dashboard, you can use the “Preview” mode in the upper-right corner to use the dashboard, which prevents you from accidentally editing the dashboard itself.

3. Add your teammates to your organization

If you want to share your dashboards with your teammates (or let them build dashboards themselves), first add them to your organization under “Organization”.

Click on “Add team member” in the upper-right corner:

Adding a team member to your organization in Dashibase

For now, your teammates would need to create a Dashibase account before they can be added to your organization.

4. Share the dashboard

When your dashboard is ready and you have saved your changes, you can share the dashboard with your team. There are two levels of access:

  • Edit dashboard: Edit the text blocks, edit the tables, etc.
  • Use dashboard: View and update the data via the dashboard

Click on the “Share” button in the upper-right corner of your dashboard.

Sharing your dashboard with team members in your organization

If you have any questions about Dashibase, feel free to ping us in our Discord community.

Bring back the magic to internal tools

The invention of computers and software brought magic into our lives. But somewhere along the way, we decided the internal tools that power our business processes should just be boring, hard to use, and even harder to maintain. They are stuck in the 1990s.

Join us and break them free from the shackles of old corporate-y software.

Use Dashibase to build your modern internal CRUD dashboards.

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