As a web developer or database administrator, you need to interact with the database in various ways. However, querying your database via a command-line interface may not be the best way to:
Thankfully, you can become more productive by using no-code tools, like Basedash, to manage databases easily.
A no-code SQL GUI is a user interface that allows you to interact with a database without using code—in the case of most relational databases, this would be Structured Query Language (SQL). No code SQL GUIs are an excellent way for both newbies and SQL veterans to speed up and simplify the process of querying data. With a No code SQL GUI, users can:
A no-code SQL GUI allows you to build internal tools that meet your business's specific needs. This includes:
When choosing a no-code SQL GUI, it would be wise to evaluate the software based on:
An SQL graphical user interface platform should be easy to learn for newbies. SQL GUIs that do not require users to write a single line of code make creating queries possible for everyone without having a developer guide them.
A good visual SQL editor eases the querying process with automation features like autocomplete, auto-formatting, versioning, and syntax error highlighting.
Let us consider a few great SQL GUIs in the market. We have compiled a list of six SQL database GUIs to help you make an informed decision.
Basedash is a cloud-based database tool that enables product teams to change and understand their data by making their database editable, collaborative, and protected. It supports read and write access to all major SQL databases and third-party APIs, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redshift, SQL Server, Airtable, Supabase, Stripe, Shopify, Close, and Twilio. Basedash actively develops the product with the users in mind and based on customer feedback.
Basedash offers quite a few exciting features:
DBeaver is open source and supports multiple SQL dialects like PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB. DBeaver runs on all standard operating systems; Windows, macOS, and Linux. In addition, DBeaver supports data import and export in many file formats, such as XML, HTML, JSON, CSV, XLSX, and XLS.
Its easy-to-use interface makes it beginner-friendly, as no prior CLI (command-line interface) experience is required. It also offers both free and paid versions, allowing you to transition into the enterprise option at $199 only when needed. However, DBeaver is a desktop application; it is only as powerful as the machine it runs on.
HeidiSQL is a free, open-source, and lightweight SQL database administration tool that runs only on Windows. HeidiSQL can connect to MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, and Microsoft SQL Server databases. It is easy to download and install and is best suited for users and offices that are soiled in Windows.
However, because HeidiSQL is lightweight, it lacks some features like debugging and cross-platform support, which are useful to more advanced users.
DataGrip is an integrated development environment (IDE) from JetBrains that boasts exciting features. It supports multiple database environments and all three major operating systems. DataGrip is built for customization and power, with themes and plugins for various database dialects.
For Linux users, a single terminal remains open in the background when you launch DataGrip to print log information while the application runs. DataGrip balances command line use and desktop app use.
DataGrip has a steep learning curve, making it unsuitable for beginners. It is a paid tool, selling at $199 per year per user for the first year. JetBrains offers a 20% discount in the second year and a 40% discount in subsequent years.
OmniDB is an open-source, lightweight SQL GUI that supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and MariaDB and runs on Linux, macOS, and Windows. Despite being free, it boasts many paid GUIs features: syntax highlighting, autocomplete, and debugging.
However, it is not suitable for SQL developers who require documentation and community support because it is a lightweight tool.
Beekeeper Studio is an open-source, cross-platform database GUI that supports CockroachDB, PostgreSQL, Redshift, and MySQL databases. Beekeeper is committed to maintaining its users' privacy by never adding user tracking or monitoring. Password security is also fundamental to Beekeeper Studio. However, if you need sophisticated performance monitoring tools, you are better off with a tool like Basedash, DBeaver, or DataGrip.
The no-code SQL tool you choose will largely depend on your needs.
If you are the sole database administrator or have some technical skills, tools like DBeaver, HeidiSQL, Beekeeper Studio, and DataGrip might be right for you.
If you need to build a tool that anyone at your company can use with zero technical knowledge, then Basedash is a good fit for you.
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