Glossary of Airtable terminology
  • 07 Sep 2022
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Glossary of Airtable terminology

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We'll be adding to and improving this article over time. The glossary shared here will likely never be fully comprehensive, but it's meant to give you some fundamental definitions of terms you'll come across with using Airtable.

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An app is software built within Airtable that's designed to structure, automate, and scale workflows and processes. An app consists of three layers: data, logic, and interface.

Billable collaborators

For self-serve paid plans, any collaborator with a permission level of Commenter, Editor, Creator, or Owner is classified as a billable collaborator. Workspace owners on a paid plan are charged for the total number of billable collaborators added to the workspace. Billing is calculated differently for Enterprise services.


Elements are the essential building blocks of interfaces; builders can add visual elements like grids and timelines, design elements like text and dividers, and functional elements like buttons and comments, to present their base data in a new way.


One of 3 paid plans on Airtable. Users must contact Sales in order to sign up for an Enterprise plan, and exact pricing is customized depending on the services chosen.


A field is a vertical column in a table. It contains the details or metadata for each record in the table.

Field type

A field type specifies the kind or format of data stored in a given field — for example, long text, date, multiple select, or attachment. Users can customize most field types within their base.

Interface Designer

Interface Designer is the tool that lets builders create visual interfaces powered by base data for end users.


One of 3 paid plans on Airtable. The Plus plan is the least expensive paid plan (per billable collaborator), with the most limited functionality.

Primary field

The primary field is always the first column, or field, in any table. It represents a description of each record in the table and cannot be deleted, moved, or hidden. The primary field is used as a brief description of a record in other parts of the UI.


One of 3 paid plans on Airtable. The Pro plan costs more per billable user than the Plus plan, as the Pro plan offers more flexibility and higher usage limits. When users first sign up for Airtable, they are automatically given a free trial of the Pro plan.


A record is a horizontal row in a table. It contains items you're trying to track in the table.


A table holds information about one type of item — for example, products, projects, tasks, campaigns. Each base needs at least one table. Individual tables appear as their own tabs in a base.


A view is a particular way to look at and organize the underlying data in a table. The default type of view is a grid, but other types include form, calendar, gallery, and Kanban. A given table can have multiple views (and multiple types of views). Views can also be configured based on permissions, with collaborative, personal, and locked views.


A workspace is a collection of bases shared between a group of workspace collaborators. It is the primary billing unit for paid plans on Airtable.

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