Field Manager and field dependencies
  • 05 Mar 2024
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Field Manager and field dependencies

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Plan availability

All paid plans, but certain features are only available to Enterprise Scale and Business plans as outlined in this article




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Use cases for field manager and dependencies

The field manager is a surface in Airtable focused on table configuration — giving users more control over permissions and settings for things like schema fields and field configurations.

The field manager and dependencies can be used to:

  • Bulk field delete 

  • Update field permissions 

  • Review a complete list of fields connected to a table

  • Locate relevant fields to update through filtering and sort by different criteria

  • Identify if a calculated field is broken

  • Identify which objects are dependent on a specific field before making changes to or deleting a field

  • Identify who created or last modified a specific field

Accessing the field manager

To access the field manager from an open Airtable base:

  1. Select the table you intend to review or update

  2. Click the table menu and select Manage fields from the menu

  3. From here you can quickly search for or filter individual fields from the field manager using the Find a field, Permissions, or Dependencies filtering tools. 

Any action available from the field's table level is also available in the field manager. 

Using the field manager and dependencies


Understanding dependencies

Please note that this feature is only available for Enterprise Scale and Business plans. 

From the field manager:

  1. Select the Dependency column to access the dependency details list. 

  2. The current list of category options: Syncs, Automations, Interfaces, Fields, and Views 

Keep in mind that the field manager will show potentially synced fields — meaning Airtable shows whether a field is visible in an actively synced shared view. However, the owner on the target side of the sync may choose not to sync it. 

This panel outlines any dependencies that directly rely on the selected field and helps Creators understand the implications of deleting or changing the selected field.

Understanding alerts

Airtable users receive alerts when: 

  • Changing a field type 

  • Updating field select options

Toggling column visibility

Toggle column visibility in Field Manager

You can use the toggles to view: 

  • Field type: the field type that's configured for each field 

  • Description: any field descriptions that exist for each field

  • Example value: example text for each field, formatted by field type 

  • Field permissions: view and change the current permissions for each field

  • Field ID: a unique alphanumeric identifier for each field, which can be used in URLs for prefilled forms, share view URL filters, and referenced in our API

  • Created by: the user who created the specific field

  • Last Modified by: the user who last modified the configuration of a specific field, as well as a timestamp of the most recent modification

  • Dependencies: outlined above

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