Prepare for import
1. Clean your tabs
Each tab should contain one type of information and should have uniform rows and columns throughout.
2. Create consistent columns
Each column should be holding the same type of information for all of the rows in your sheet.
3. Add a header row
Your sheet should contain headers in the first row with the name of each column captured in the header.
Three ways to import
Create a new base from import
Click the new base icon, select “Import Data”, then select “CSV file”, find your file, and import.
Import a table into an existing base
Click the add table icon, select “Import Data”, then select “CSV file", find your file, and import.
Add new records or update records
Use the CSV Import App from the Apps marketplace (Pro and Enterprise plans only).
Best practices after import
After you import you'll see a table comprised of single-line text fields.To get the most out of Airtable, we highly recommend that you take the time to convert fields from single line text fields to other field types, such as:
Changing a field containing numbers into a number field
Changing a field containing lists of tags into a multiple select field
Changing a field containing defined options into a single select field
Changing a field containing long paragraphs of text into a long text field
Changing a field containing values that are important enough to warrant their own table into a linked record field (which will create a new table)
Spreadsheet = Base
Each spreadsheet is organized into its own spreadsheet file. In Airtable, each spreadsheet will become its own base.
Tabs = Tables
Spreadsheets contain tabs for different data sets. In Airtable, each type of data is organized into its own table.
Rows = Records
Spreadsheets contain rows of information. In Airtable, those are called records.
Columns = Fields
Spreadsheets contain columns of data. In Airtable, those are called fields, and there are dozens of field types to add formatting to your data.
Do more in Airtable
Unlike a spreadsheet, Airtable fields (columns) have specific "types" that allow you to store rich content in each record. With all of these different field types
, you can configure a table to perfectly fit your needs!
allow you to extend the capabilities of a base. There are dozens of apps for you to choose from—like chart, page designer, matrix, org chart, — and many more to come!
allow you to configure custom trigger-action workflows directly within your base. Save time by automating repetitive tasks, increasing efficiency, and reducing the margin of error.
Airtable was designed to support effortless collaboration
You can collaborate and communicate on the data in your base, and can easily share information with read-only links to bases and views.