- 13 Sep 2023
- 3 Minutes to read
Airtable attachment field overview
- Updated on 13 Sep 2023
- 3 Minutes to read
An attachment field is a type of field that allows you to attach one or more files directly to a record.
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Attachment - A file that's stored and displayed as part of a record. An attachment field is a type of field that allows you to attach one or more files directly to a record.
Adding attachment fields
To add an attachment field, start by clicking the plus sign that's to the right of your existing fields. This will allow you to select the attachment field type and name the field.
Once you've created the field you can start uploading attachments to it.
To upload an attachment in the attachment field, you can click the plus (+) button on the cell to which you'd like to add an attachment, or click on the Attach file button in the expanded cell. This will bring up a file uploader dialog which will let you upload attachments from a variety of different sources.
You can also drag and drop attachments onto a cell, expanded cell, or into the file uploader dialog.
Bulk uploading attachments
You can use this feature to upload a single attachment, or any number of attachments in bulk. If you need to create new records by uploading attachments in bulk, please see this article which covers how to do that using the gallery view.
You can download each individual attachment by clicking the Download icon (when viewing multiple attachments in an expanded record) or clicking the blue Download button (when viewing a single attachment). Any base collaborator, of any permission level, can download the files stored in the attachment field if they have access to the base.
If you'd like to restrict who can download an attachment within a certain view we recommend creating a view share link with the "Allow viewers to copy data out of this view" option left toggled off.
To download attachments in bulk, use the new Scripting Extension with this script that you can copy and use in your base.
To rename an attachment, click the pencil icon while in the expanded cell view or the lightbox view. The pencil icon appears in the expanded cell view when you mouse over an attachment thumbnail, and at in the bottom left of the screen while in lightbox view.
To remove an attachment, use the trash bin icon while in the expanded cell view or the lightbox view. The trash bin icon appears in the expanded cell view when you mouse over an attachment thumbnail, and at in the bottom left of the screen while in lightbox view.
Or you can expand the attachment and click the trash can icon:
Annotating attachments and comments
Attachment annotations let you leave comments in a specific position on an Airtable attachment. You can give fast, clear, actionable feedback on any type of visual asset to help speed up your creative process and ship high-quality content, fast. Learn more about annotations here.
If you’d like to leave a comment about an attachment, but not related to a specific position on the attachment, try out attachment commenting.
Audio files can be uploaded to Airtable in an attachment field. Supported playback of audio files within Airtable varies by file type and the way you choose to access Airtable.
Desktop or laptop access
The table below shows commonly used audio file types and which browsers should support their playback. Our audio file support matches ExoPlayer's library.
*File will play in an expanded record
Our iOS and Android apps also support audio file playback. It's also possible to playback certain audio files on mobile browsers by using a view share link. The functionality should generally follow the chart above with some variations depending on each browser's capabilities.
Please refer to this article that answers this question.