The URL preview app allows you to preview specific types of URLs stored in records in your base directly from the app. You can use it to preview content without the need to open a new window or tab to visit the page directly. It works best with links to popular audio and video platforms as well as other Airtable bases. Note that apps are a premium feature available on bases within workspaces that are on either a Pro or Enterprise plan.
The URL preview app requires no setup and has no settings to adjust. However, it has the following requirements:
- A table with a URL field.
- One of the supported URL types (see below).
- Only collaborators with editor access and above can install and configure this app but all collaborators will be able to see the preview.
Currently, the URL preview app only works with the following URL types:
- Airtable URLs (share links only such as https://airtable.com/shrxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
- YouTube URLs
- Vimeo URLs
- Step 1: Generate share link in Vimeo
- Step 2: Use share link to copy rewritten URL
- Spotify URLs
- SoundCloud URLs
- Figma URLs
- Loom share link URLs
- Google Drive folder and file share link URLs
- Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides URLs
If you'd like support for another URL type you can request it through this form or by clicking the link displayed by the app when a record with an unsupported URL is selected in your base.
How it works
The URL preview app displays a preview for the currently selected field, or a specific field (selected in the app settings) if it has a valid URL for one of the supported services. You can interact with this preview directly from the dashboard or, if you prefer, after making the app display in full screen mode.
Here are some common questions and answers about the URL preview app.
How is the URL preview app different from the embed app?
The embed app works in a similar fashion, as it also displays the contents of a URL of an external site in the app, but it has one primary difference: the contents of the embed app remain until you change that URL in the app's settings while the URL preview app's content can change dynamically.
If you don't change the content of the embed app it will always display the same content. The URL preview app, on the other hand, won't display anything until you select a record in one of your base's tables that contains a supported URL.
How can I make the URL preview app display an unsupported URL type?
If you want to see a specific URL type officially supported in this app you can request it through this form.