Understanding Airtable IDs
  • 07 Sep 2022
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Understanding Airtable IDs

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Learning how to find the Base, Table, View, and Record IDs related to your Airtable bases can help you troubleshoot issues, use our API effectively, prefill forms, and more.

Base URLs

When you have a base open in a compatible web browser, you should see a URL in the address bar that looks similar to this (Google Chrome):

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In between each backslash, you will find a string that identifies the Base, Table, and View IDs.

  • Base IDs begin with "app"
  • Table IDs begin with "tbl"
  • View IDs begin with "viw"

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If you were to click to another table or another view within this same base, then the URL would update to match the ID of the table or view that you are now looking at.


Expanded record URLs

If you expand a record, then you can also see the specific Record ID appear in your browser's address bar. Record ID strings always begin with "rec":

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You can also determine Record IDs by setting up a formula. In practical use, record IDs can be a great tool to use with our Automations feature.


IDs in Airtable API

Base IDs

To find a Base ID in the Airtable API, click on the help button near the top-right of your screen. This will open a menu where you will see the "<> API documentation" option.

APIDocumentation

After clicking the button, you will be brought to our API documentation page that will dynamically surface which base you are working in currently. Both the base name and Base ID will appear.

baseIDInAPIDocumentation

Field IDs

In our Meta API documentation, there is a section called "Base schema" where you will find more information about how to identify Field IDs from a specific table. It's worth noting that field IDs can also be gathered manually from the field manager. With the corresponding table open, click "Manage fields" in the upper right corner. This will open a window where you can find the appropriate field by name and then match that to the ID under "Field ID."


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