Softr vs. Bubble

Softr and Bubble are both platforms that give you the tools to build your own apps. Softr takes the complexity out of the app-building process, helping you create powerful apps and internal tools with ease. With a wide range of templates, a great support team and fixed price points, you can get started without risk and without any technical skills. Bubble is also a powerful app builder and, while powerful, people find it quite complicated to use. Building and launching an app can take months and requires a lot of troubleshooting. This steep learning curve coupled with the unpredictable pricing model makes Bubble a solid choice when it comes to functionality, but a risky one in terms of time, financial investment and skills required.

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yohei nakajima

Untapped Capital VC firm keeps its LPs informed with investor portal built with Softr

I tried other tools, like Webflow and Stacker, but they were either too flexible or not flexible enough. When I used Softr, it was clear immediately that the capabilities went beyond what I found elsewhere. Technology is core to our fund, and Softr is key to differentiating ourselves with a custom client portal that allows us to operate efficiently. 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Yohei Nakajima General Partner, Untapped Capital

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7 features that make Softr better than Bubble

Softr stands out as a faster, easier-to-learn alternative to Bubble, with customers consistently choosing to switch for the following reasons.

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Free plan
Users
5 internal, 10 collaborators, up to 100 external users
1 editor user
Applications
Unlimited
Unlimited
Custom domain
Available on the free plan
Paid plan required (starts at $29 per month)
Pricing
Starts at
$49 per month (Business plan)
$29 per month (Starter plan) + extra for each “workload unit” after the 175,000th
Fixed pricing
Yes
No (fixed workload included in each plan, charges overages based on additional workload at $0.30 per 1,000 workload units)
Higher tiers
Raises limits on users, available UI building blocks, record display limits, adds advanced security/governance, advanced login options and customization with code
Increases monthly workload unit limits, increases infrastructure features and limits, adds support for more users, longer server log retention, advanced version control
Features
Difficulty
Quick to learn, easy to master (highly customizable building block framework)
Hard to learn, very difficult to master (requires learning general web design and app development skills)
Easy Google Sheets/Airtable integration
Yes
No (manual CSV import, API connection, or third-party plugin required)
Mobile apps
Yes (PWA, available in the Business plan)
Yes (PWA, requires building a mobile version yourself)
Advanced authentication options
Google, Email Code, SMS Code, SSO (SAML, OpenID)
None native. You have to build your own authentication methods into each of your apps.
Integrations
Zapier and Make
Yes
Yes
Stripe
Yes (native)
Yes (via plugin)
Other native integrations
30, including payment platforms, analytics, marketing, maps and productivity
56, including analytics, payment platforms and productivity
Support
Live chat
Yes
No
Community
Yes
Yes
Video tutorials
Yes
Yes
Training & onboarding
Yes (paid plan)
Yes (paid plan)
Access to experts
Yes
Yes

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Frequently asked questions

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Absolutely! We offer a free consultation and answer any questions you may have. Our support and Softr experts teams are ready to jump in and help you move everything effortlessly. To get started, please create an account, reach out to support@softr.io and schedule a consultation call.

Softr doesn’t store or process your data. Your data is stored with your data source provider, Airtable or Google Sheets. We simply pull that data via API and serve it to you on the Softr editor and your apps, without ever looking into what’s inside. Your data is always secure.

Yes, Softr integrates with both Zapier and Make, helping you configure automation and move data across your entire tech stack.

Yes. Softr provides a native Stripe integration, letting you sell products or services, SaaS subscriptions or offer premium membership to your community.

Yes. Softr offers a 30% discount to all non-profits, educational institutions and students. Please create an account and contact us via support@softr.io to know more.

If you know how to use apps like Canva, Mailchimp or Zapier, you’ll have an easy time building apps with Softr. As to building with Bubble, there’s no code involved for simpler apps, but it’s recommended to know the basics of web sign and app development to build better apps.

Softr and Bubble both have extensive documentation to help you understand and use all of the available features.

Softr has an active community that you can check out here. As for help resources, we have a YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/Softr filled with videos to help unpack each feature, a dedicated Get Started page with plenty of links to begin your journey, a Softr Academy for structured learning, and a a range of workshops to provide a more hands-on experience. We also have a blog where you can read Softr news, learn more about Google Sheets and Airtable, and dive deeper into the world of building apps without code. Bubble offers thorough documentation, a getting started page, an academy, a series of video tutorials, a blog, an active community, bootcamps and coaching.

Yes. Both Softr and Bubble let you create progressive web apps (PWAs): apps you can use on your mobile phone that require a connection to the internet. When building with Softr, your app is responsive right from the start, making it look great on all devices without extra setup time. With Bubble you’ll have to build the mobile user interface and functionality yourself.

Softr doesn’t offer the possibility of hosting your own apps on your own infrastructure. Bubble offers self-hosting on its highest tier pricing plan, Custom.

Definitely! Both Softr and Bubble are great options to build internal tools and dashboards for your company. However, if you’re using Google Sheets and Airtable as data sources, Softr has an advantage due to the easy integration with these platforms.

Softr’s quality of support is rated on G2 at 9.7 out of 10 (223 total reviews). Bubble’s quality of support is rated on G2 at 7.9 out of 10 (130 total reviews).

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