The URL preview block allows you to preview specific types of URLs stored in records in your base directly from the block. 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.
The URL preview block 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 block but all collaborators will be able to see the preview.
Currently, the URL preview block only works with the following URL types:
- Airtable URLs (share links only such as https://airtable.com/shrxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
- YouTube URLs
- Vimeo URLs
- Spotify URLs
- SoundCloud URLs
- Figma URLs
- Loom share link URLs
- Google Drive 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 block when a record with an unsupported URL is selected in your base.
How it works
The URL preview block displays a preview for the currently selected field 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 block display in full screen mode.
Here are some common questions and answers about the URL preview block.
How is the URL preview block different from the embed block?
The embed block works in a similar fashion, as it also displays the contents of a URL of an external site in the block, but it has one primary difference: the contents of the embed block remain until you change that URL in the block's settings while the URL preview block's content can change dynamically.
If you don't change the content of the embed block it will always display the same content. The URL preview block, 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 block display an unsupported URL type?
If you want to see a specific URL type officially supported in this block you can request it through this form.