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What is Retool?

Retool is the fast way to build internal tools. Drag-and-drop our building blocks and connect them to your databases and APIs to build your own tools, instantly. Built by developers, for developers. Trusted by startups and Fortune 500s.
Retool is a tool in the Low Code Platforms category of a tech stack.

Who uses Retool?

Companies
49 companies reportedly use Retool in their tech stacks, including DoorDash, Paralect, and Linear.

Developers
107 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Retool.

Retool Integrations

JavaScript, GitHub, React, MySQL, and Slack are some of the popular tools that integrate with Retool. Here's a list of all 25 tools that integrate with Retool.
Decisions about Retool

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Retool in their tech stack.

My company wants to make some relatively small, self-contained web apps to go through specific engineering analysis workflows.

Each app would involve:

(a) User inputs numbers and tabular data either in a table or from a csv import

(b) App makes plots of this data

(c) App performs calculations based on user input and outputs results as either plots or numbers or tabular data

It seems like there must be zillions of applications where people want these things, so I want a 'low code' approach that already handles a bunch of details so we don't have to. Experience in the past with Angular has involved, in my experience, a lot of low-level coding to 'reinvent the wheel', creating capabilities (like menus to control plotting options like font size) that I'd expect to be very common.

Specific wants:

(a) Plotting capabilities with prebuilt convenient plotting controls

(b) Ability to 'save' and 'load' (as in, you do the analysis and get results and want to save so that you can reopen this save environment with the data and analysis, as if you'd never closed it)

(c) For specific components, ability to swap out the built-in components with a customized plot/widget.

For example, with (c), we might have a situation where we do want to make a custom plot or tool, and would like to be able to drop that into the general application

Question is - does something exist that does what I am describing? What would you recommend? On our list to check out: Microsoft PowerApps , Dash , UI Bakery, Retool , Tibco Spotfire , Outsystems, Zoho, Creatio, or any other suggestions.

Other considerations:

(a) How easy are these apps to maintain (i.e., do they frequently make non back compatible, breaking updates, like they do with Angular)

(b) Need excellent security so I can deploy web apps for large companies

(c) General ease of use (would like to be efficient with developer time).

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Brian Densham
Designer at PVInnovations · | 4 upvotes · 29.9K views
Needs advice
on
Microsoft PowerAppsMicrosoft PowerApps
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RetoolRetool

I am presently using Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel on SharePoint so that I can share stored data and allow data input with users. I need to add simpler input forms, process documentation, attachments, analytics-light and storage as well. I also would like to have mobile data input and retrieval. Retool seems to offer what I need and as there will be less than 10 users, the pricing seems affordable.

I'm looking for any recommendations of this or alternate software.

Thank you

Brian

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Ketan Pathki
Needs advice
on
BubbleBubble
and
RetoolRetool

Hi Everyone. Is anyone using the low code tool Retool for app development at your company?

I was doing some evaluation and wanted to talk to users before we take a decision.

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Mark Weeks
Group Product Manager at ServiceTitan · | 3 upvotes · 111.3K views
Needs advice
on
WebflowWebflow
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WixWix

I'm standing up a web app that needs functionality, including profiles, directory, scheduling, video meeting, and payments.

I considered Wix, but I'm not sure it will meet these needs. I'm interested in no code / low code tools in order to move quickly but struggling to navigate through all the options. Any advice on how to select no code / low code tools like Webflow, Bubble, stackbit, Retool, BaseDash, Glide , airkit, adalo, stacker, unqork, tiled, airtable, zapier, v.one, candu, bravo studio, amazon honeycode, unstack, dittofi, makerpad, softr, appsheet, etc.?

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Retool's Features

  • A complete set ofpowerful building blocks
  • Connect to anything
  • Read or write data with queries
  • Deploy and share securely
  • Host on-premise
  • Revision history via Git
  • Fine-grained access controls & audit logs
  • SAML SSO and 2FA

Retool Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Retool?
UI Bakery
An intuitive visual internal tool builder tailored to save hours of development time. Allows for building a functional admin panel, a CRM, a support tool, etc. with beautiful UI components on top of your own database.
Bubble
It is a visual programming language that lets you build a fully-functional web app without writing code. Users have built marketplaces, CRM tools, social networks. Engineers can focus on new features and add them as plugins with code, while business people can focus on the customer-facing product.
Airtable
Working with Airtable is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet. But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving you rich features far beyond what a spreadsheet can offer.
Superblocks
It is a programmable IDE for developers to build any internal app, workflow or scheduled job at a fraction of the time and cost. Save 100s of developer hours building custom internal tools.
Blazor
Blazor is a .NET web framework that runs in any browser. You author Blazor apps using C#/Razor and HTML.
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