Managing trash in Airtable
  • 11 Apr 2024
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Managing trash in Airtable

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All plan types


Web/Browser, Mac app, and Windows app 

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Airtable terminology

Trash - A place where deleted items (including records, views, extensions, workspaces, or bases) are temporarily available to be restored for seven days after deletion.

Airtable trash related permissions

The trash function allows to see and restore the tables, views, fields, extensions, and records that have been deleted in a base in the past seven days. If you need to restore a record's individual cell values, see this article about using record-level revision history.

Airtable trash permissions


User permission levels limit what actions users can take within the trash dialog.

  • Only creators can restore deleted tables and fields.

  • Only creators can empty the trash.

  • Editor or creator permissions are necessary to restore deleted views and records.

  • Editor or creator permissions are necessary to access and view the trash dialog.

  • Read-only users cannot open or view the contents of the trash.

Accessing base and workspace trash

Accessing the trash dialog from your Airtable homepage allows users to review and restore workspace trash for deleted bases and workspaces.

Accessing trash in Airtable

  1. Visit your Airtable homepage

  2. Click your profile icon in top-right corner, then select Trash.

  3. After selecting "Trash," the trash dialog opens—allowing users to restore items deleted in the past 30 days.

Restoring base and workspace trash

Restoring bases and workspaces in Airtable


Items in your workspace trash can be restored for 30 days before being permanently removed.

Enterprise Scale plan admins can customize their workspace trash retention period in the admin panel, allowing them to choose between 30, 60, 90, and 180 days.

  1. Visit your Airtable homepage

  2. Click your profile icon in top-right corner, then select Trash

  3. Click Restore next to the base(s) or workspace(s) you want to restore. 


Users with base or workspace creator-level permissions can permanently remove everything in the trash. 

Restoring tables, fields, and records

  1. Visit your Airtable homepage

  2. Open the base previously containing your now-deleted table(s), field(s), or record(s). 

  3. Click the "base history" icon next to "Help" in the top-right corner. 

  4. Click Trash

  5. Click Restore next to the table(s), field(s,) or record(s) you want to restore.

Missing Airtable data

Searching for missing data in Airtable

If you're unable to locate base or workspace data, we recommend the following actions:

  • Remove any filters used in your base or workspace.

  • Sort your base or workspace to show missing data potentially.

  • Review your trash for accidentally deleted information.

  • Check your records' revision history for collaborator updates or changes.

  • Review any relevant base snapshots


How do I access trash directly inside a base?

The base trash dialog is accessible inside a base by clicking the "Base history" icon directly to the left of the "Help" icon in the top-right corner.

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