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Alternatives to Retool

Bubble, Airtable, Blazor, Google App Maker, and Microsoft PowerApps are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Retool.
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What is Retool and what are its top alternatives?

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.

Top Alternatives to Retool

  • Bubble
    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
    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. ...

  • Blazor
    Blazor

    Blazor is a .NET web framework that runs in any browser. You author Blazor apps using C#/Razor and HTML. ...

  • Google App Maker
    Google App Maker

    App Maker lets you develop powerful apps with relative ease. Create a model to manage your data, build a UI in the visual editor, use Apps Script to write some scripts, and you're on your way. ...

  • Microsoft PowerApps
    Microsoft PowerApps

    It is a suite of apps, services, connectors and data platform that provides a rapid application development environment to build custom apps for your business needs. Using Power Apps, you can quickly build custom business apps that connect to your business data stored either in the underlying data platform (Common Data Service) or in various online and on-premises data sources (SharePoint, Excel, Office 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on). ...

  • Stamplay
    Stamplay

    The API-based development platform enabling developers to do 80% of the job in 1% of the time thanks to: out of the box APIs for users and data, one-click integration with any API, scalable infrastructure and SDKs. Build Rome in a day. ...

  • Appsmith
    Appsmith

    Open source framework to build internal apps. The low code project comes with UI widgets like tables, charts, forms, map viewer, and more. Easily connect to REST APIs, Postgres, Mongo, MySQL++. Invite users and allow login with Google ...

  • Backand
    Backand

    Backand is a powerful backend-as-a-service for AngularJS that provides out-of-the-box social login, push notifications, Ionic integration and much more. ...

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Bubble

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Build a web app without writing code
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PROS OF BUBBLE
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    An affordable alternative to Mendix and OutSystems
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    I would like to build a community-based customer review platform for a niche industry where users can sign up for a forum, as well as post detailed reviews of their experience with a company/product, including a rating system for pre-selected features. Something like niche.com or areavibes.com with curated information/data, ratings, reviews, and comparison functionalities.

    Is this possible to build using no-code tools? I have read about the possibility of using Webflow with Memberstack, Airtable, and Elfsight through Zapier / Integromat, which may allow for good design and functionality. Is it possible with Bubble or Bildr?

    I have no problems with a bit of a learning curve as long as what I want is possible. Since I have 0 coding experience, I am not sure how to go about it.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    Khalid Joharji
    Business Developer at Joharji MVPs · | 6 upvotes · 191.3K views
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    So I've been working as a freelancer building websites using Wordpress, limiting myself to available templates and customizing it (drag and drop no code involvement) and blending between plugins to get the requirements as much as possible. and I have spent my day job doing everything related to web portals (business case, business plans, marketing, back-office operations, project management, product management) but never got my hands into code yet. I heard of zero-code solutions such as Bubble and Webflow and I would like to be able to develop an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) to launch those ideas quickly to make sure that I make some sales before we invest into building a state of the art app.

    Those MVPs are a struggle since most of it has its own unique processes therefore WordPress doesn't come in handy most of the time. This is where Bubble and Webflow come to the fore. Before I start my journey to learn one of these tools, where I imagine I will spend weeks to months learning, I need to know which road I should take while I am standing at the crossroads.

    Objective: 1- Build MVPs with unique workflows to secure sales and transactions to confirm the product is viable

    Requirements: 1- No coding knowledge required 2- Drag and drop workflows 3- Can use RTL (right to left) and build websites in Arabic 4- Cost-effective 5- High-quality online courses (free/paid) are available

    Your advice is much appreciated.

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    Airtable

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    PROS OF AIRTABLE
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      Powerful and easy to use
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      Robust and dynamic
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      Quick UI Layer
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      Practical built in views
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      Robust API documentation
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      Great flexibility
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      Jason Barry
      Cofounder at FeaturePeek · | 10 upvotes · 207.3K views

      If you're a developer using Google Docs or Google Sheets... just stop. There are much better alternatives these days that provide a better user and developer experience.

      At FeaturePeek, we use slite for our internal documents and knowledge tracking. Slite's look and feel is similar to Slack's, so if you use Slack, you'll feel right at home. Slite is great for keeping tabs on meeting notes, internal documentation, drafting marketing content, writing pitches... any long-form text writing that we do as a company happens in Slite. I'm able to be up-to-date with everyone on my team by viewing our team activity. I feel more organized using Slite as opposed to GDocs or GDrive.

      Airtable is also absolutely killer – you'll never want to use Google Sheets again. Have you noticed that with most spreadsheet apps, if you have a tall or wide cell, your screen jumps all over the place when you scroll? With Airtable, you can scroll by screen pixels instead of by spreadsheet cells – this makes a huge difference! It's one of those things that you don't really notice at first, but once you do, you can't go back. This is just one example of the UX improvements that Airtable has to the previous generation of spreadsheet apps – there are plenty more.

      Also, their API is a breeze to use. If you're logged in, the docs fill in values from your tables and account, so it feels personalized to you.

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      Blazor

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      PROS OF BLAZOR
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        Uses C#
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        No need to learn separate language or technology
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        Supports making a single page application
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        Uses .NET standard library
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        Tight integration with .NET project
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        No need to compile, bundle and deploy separately
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        Very little JavaScript required
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        Shared classes between client and server
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        Components
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        App state can be managed singleton objects
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        Third party state management i.e. Blazor-State
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        Very easy JavaScript interop if required
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        Has Server AND Client hosting models
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        Cross Platform
      CONS OF BLAZOR
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        Initial load time
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        Hard to inject javascript

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      Google App Maker

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          Microsoft PowerApps

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              Stamplay

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                No code for the backend
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                Out-of-the-box features
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                Easy and fast setup
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                Incredibly easy point 'n' click backend logic
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                Great customer support
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                Ease of back-end development
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                Low learning curve
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                Amazing app :)
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                Breathtaking ux
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                Elegant
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                Allows devs to focus on what makes their app unique
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                Terrific ifttt feature
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                Great features and easy setup
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                Appsmith

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                    Backand

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                    PROS OF BACKAND
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                      Let's you focus on the frontend and have killer backend
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                      Easy setup
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                      Ready-to-use backend in no time
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