Airtable blocks are a Pro plan feature, letting you extend the functionality of your bases. You can use blocks to bring new information into Airtable, visualize and summarize your records in colorful ways, and even directly integrate your Airtable bases with your favorite apps.
To quickly get up to speed on blocks, try watching this short video overview, which shows how to add and manage your blocks:
To add a block to your base, go to your base and click the blocks button in the top right corner to show the blocks panel.
Next, click the + Add a block button. This will bring up the blocks gallery, which you can look through to find the appropriate block for your needs.
A few things to note about adding blocks:
- You need creator permissions to add blocks to a base.
- Every collaborator on a base sees the same blocks.
- You can add multiple copies of the same type of block.
You can view your base's blocks in a split screen view or a full screen view. To switch between them, click the expand button in the top right corner of the blocks panel, or simply click to drag the dividing line left or right.
You can also expand an individual block to fill the whole screen by mousing over it and clicking the expand button.
To rearrange blocks, mouse over the block you wish to move and click and drag using the drag handle in the top right corner. To resize a block, click and drag from the bottom right corner.
To add a new dashboard, navigate to the blocks dashboard you're currently on. On the left of the dashboard, you'll see the name of your current dashboard. Click the down arrow to the right of the name, and select Add a dashboard.
To rename, duplicate, disable, move, or delete a block, click on the dropdown arrow next to the name of the block. You can also adjust the settings of the block in this menu.
The following is a list of all the available blocks. Please click through to get more information on each block.
Place the images and 3D models in your base into a 3D world of your own making.
Create a video chat room that you can use from inside your base.
Update multiple records at once.
Import ICS files into your base.
Visualize your records on a bar, line, or scatter chart.
Get an audio notification whenever records are added and/or removed from a view.
Find leads and enrich records with person data using Clearbit. (This block requires a Clearbit API key.)
Visualizes a color palette using HEX, RGB or HSL codes and color names from your base.
Import vCard files to add contact records to a table in your base.
Count down to a deadline. Pick either a specific date and time, or the earliest/latest date in a specific view.
Import CSV files to add records to a table in your base. (Unlike Airtable's regular CSV import, the CSV import block adds new records to an existing table. If you're looking to create new tables or bases from a CSV, try using Airtable's regular CSV import instead.)
The dedupe block allows you to identify duplicate records in your base and delete or merge them.
The description block allows you to write rich text notes or descriptions for other blocks or your entire base.
Create a button with a unique link that your team can use to quickly jump onto a group video chat.
Plot records on a map using addresses or coordinates.
Arrange records on a 2D grid to plan and prioritize tasks.
Visually represent the hierarchical relationships between like items.
Design a template page to print your records or turn them into PDFs.
Summarize your records in a pivot table.
Shows a list of records as cards on the blocks panel.
Enter a search term and receive a filtered set of relevant records, for either a table within a base or an entire base.
The SendGrid block allows you to send a customized email to each person on a list of contacts. (Please note that you need a SendGrid API key to use this block.)
The Send SMS block allows you to send mass text messages to contacts in a table. (Please note that you need a Twilio API key to use this block.)
Display a summary value from a view.
Keep track of time spent on tasks.
Visualize your records on a timeline.
Translate text in your base using the Google Translate API.
Extract labels, logos, and text from images using Google Cloud Vision.
Add a live clock to your base, calibrated to the time zone of a city of your choosing.
Import XML files to create records in your base.