Storage

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Data is the content that powers most apps and storage is an essential elements of almost every single app that you use.

Deciding on which storage option can be complex but the key things to consider are i) the file types you want to store and retrieve, ii) the amount of data and iii) the amount of security you want to have on that data. Since most data for your app should be secured, there is often some set up required to use these components.

At Thunkable, we particularly love data storage options like Firebase that require little set-up to get started but provide the option of security once you have your app working.

Data Storage

Tiny DB

File

Firebase DB

Spreadsheets

Fusion Tables

Web

Cloudinary

Description

Store and retrieve one row of data stored locally on the device; ideal for saving data from a previous app session

Store and retrieve files (e.g. PDFs) stored locally on the device

Store and retrieve one row of data stored in the cloud that can be set to private

Store and retrieve multiple rows of data stored in a Google or Microsoft spreadsheet

Store, query and delete more than a thousand rows of data secured by Google Service authentication

Query data from a web service (e.g. Weather information)

Store and retrieve image, audio or video files

Local / cloud

Works offline

Works offline

Can work offline in limited ways

Reliable data connection

Reliable data connection

Reliable data connection

Reliable data connection

Sample app types

All

PDF viewers

Messaging

Apps with lists, simple mapping

Complex mapping

Stock quotes, weather info

Images, audio files, videos

Important note: Since the introduction of Firebase, we only recommend the Tiny Web DB component for specific cases where you want to own and manage your own database infrastructure