How is Softr better than Airtable Interface Designer?
It’s a fair question and one we can’t answer entirely without bias. So rather than creating only another tedious side-by-side comparison of features, we’d share some valuable features that you’ll only find in Softr.
The main thing you should consider though is that Airtable Interface Designer offers an easy way to display your data without leaving Airtable, but it’s not really the best option if you want to create complex web apps with user accounts, advanced access/edit permissions, payments, and more. If you need to build a full-fledged web application with all or some of the features we just mentioned, Softr is the way to go. Keep on reading if you want to get a more detailed overview of each platform and decide which one fits your needs.
"I had already tried other tools, so when I started using Softr, it was clear immediately that the capabilities were beyond what I found elsewhere."
Yohei NakajimaGeneral Partner, Untapped Capital
Unique things you can only do with Softr
There’s a lot of overlapping functionality between Softr and Airtable Interface Designer, but there is a number of important features you can only find in Softr.
Share your interface publicly without putting your data at risk
Want to share it with others? No need to add users (and pay extra). Give access to external people WITHOUT giving access to all of the data!
No more weird Airtable link, add your own custom domain for free.
Build true web apps
Airtable interface designer may be a good solution for internal teams... but you don’t get a true web app experience from start to finish.
We don’t leave you in the dark
Your feedback is precious. Get clear visibility on new features and improvements with our public roadmap.
The best part is that you can upvote the feature that matters the most to your business.
Get the best of both, web and mobile app at once
No need to build a separate mobile application for your project.
With Softr, you can start with your portal or internal tool, then turn it into a mobile app in a few clicks.
A variety of authentication options
Softr supports almost any authentication option you might think of:
Sign-in with SSO, SMS, Google, or with custom code - we have it all.
Create your app from multiple data sources
Softr currently support Airtable and Google Sheets as data sources with more options coming very soon.
Get support or work with experts when you need it
We are proud of the support we offer and we work hard to keep up with our 5-star review on G2.
Every single user is important so everyone gets an answer.
Need some additional help with creating your app? We have a team of Softr Experts ready to jump in and help when needed.
Compare features: Softr vs Airtable Interface Designer
FREE (including custom domain)
FREE (can change after Beta)
Create external & internal apps
No (Enterprise only)
Yes (available in free plan)
Design flexibility & customization
Full control of the design
Start from scratch
30+ templates to start from
Responsive design (web, tablet, mobile)
User Groups & Permissions
User Groups with powerful AND and OR conditions
No (Enterprise only)
Field level View/Update permissions
Record level View/Update permissions
Page & block level visibility rules (per user group)
Zapier & Make native integrations
Stripe Payments (one-off and subscription)
No (Zapier only)
Livechat (for all)
Don't take our word for it
See what some of our 100,000+ users from across the globe have to say.
Softr helps you take action on your ideas quickly by allowing you to leverage your Airtable data and build powerful websites and web apps. I was blown away by how user-friendly and well-documented the entire product was! I was able to create an app within hours without any external help.
Karthik Puvvada (KP)
Program Director, On Deck No-Code Fellowship
Softr’s ease and speed of use is it’s standout characteristic. No tool is faster to create with. Although there is limited design customizability, this should be viewed as a strength of Softr as it acts as a positive restraint to help you ship things more quickly than you ordinarily would.
I have been impressed with the flexibility of Softr. The ability to pull data from different Airtable bases into different blocks and display them on one page was one of the main reasons I chose Softr.
Director, DS Automotive
I had already tried other tools, so when I started using Softr, it was clear immediately that the capabilities were beyond what I found elsewhere.
General Partner, Untapped Capital
They say that if you can’t explain it in a simple way, you don’t understand it well enough. I say the same thing about any software. If you can’t figure it out in the first 10 min by yourself without any tutorial, it’s probably not for you. Since the first moment we discovered Softr, we started the work.
COO, Bookzdoctr Inc
It took me one day to build the product, learn the integrations, and see how the customer service acts. I was completely flashed that it is so easy, and that everything is working really well. So, I quickly decided 3 weeks later to set up our main page and transferred it to Softr.
As a small business, we needed to use a tool that could grow with us, and we feel that this is what Softr offers us. After wasting time and money trying every web builder under the sun, Softr came to save the day. We cannot recommend this platform enough – it's perfect, easy to use even for a non-technical person like me.
Founder, Nanny Network
I like the diversity of templates that are available and the thoughtfulness that has been taken in making the building process as simple as possible for non-coders.
Entrepreneurship Manager, YSYS
I used Softr to build the MVP for my company www.tallsize.com.When I discovered how easy it was to use Softr to create a frontend interface for our users, my mind was blown!!! It was so easy to set up that I literally launched my site in a single weekend. Their support team was incredible throughout this journey and the ability to customize everything the way I wanted was very intuitive and easy to accomplish.
Founder, Tall Size
I have been using Softr for a few months now, and the list of new features & improvements is PHENOMENAL. A no-brainer pick for now and a really good bet for the future!
With Softr, I’m able to create beautifully intuitive and responsive front-ends that integrate directly with Airtable and Stripe. Softr allows me to create and iterate at least twice as fast as traditional web platforms.
Softr is THE website builder to use. From SEO and site responsiveness to database backends and customer support, Softr is the deal of the century!
Build better apps
Migrate your app to Softr
If you’re coming to Softr from Airtable Interface Designer, you’ll be able to migrate your app quickly.
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Frequently asked questions
We’ve summarized the most frequently asked questions about Softr.
Can I migrate from Airtable Interface Designer to Softr?
Absolutely! We offer a free consultation to help you answer any questions you may have and plan the move. Our support team and Softr experts team are ready to jump in and help when needed. Please create an account and contact us via email@example.com to schedule a consultation call.
Does Softr store & process my data?
No. Your data is always stored in your Airtable. We do not store your data in our systems, but only retrieve it via Airtable API, and map it to our frontend. Your data is always secure.
Can my apps integrate with Zapier or Make (formerly Integromat)?
Yes. Softr Integrates with both Zapier and Make, which lets you run more powerful automation in your Softr app.
Can I transact payments via Softr?
Yes. Softr provides a native Stripe integration, that lets you sell any goods or services, add subscriptions to your SaaS or offer premium membership to your community.
Does Softr offer discounts to non-profits, educational institutions, or students?
Yes. Softr offers a 30% discount to all non-profits, educational institutions and students. To apply, please create an account and contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.