Nocode and open source: the best options

Nocode and open source: the best options

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As the nocode universe expands, more and more solutions are born. Most of the more popular platforms use proprietary software, a distinction that limits the potential and the freedom for coders who want to develop apps and tools for commercial use.  Luckily, as the horizons of nocode development broaden, a few good open source solutions see the light of day; here’s a quick overview of our selection…


NoCoDB Website

First, let’s start with Nocodb, which soberly presents itself as an open source Airtable alternative. For those of you who are not already familiar with Airtable, it’s quite simply one of the best tools around to create, edit, connect and convert databases, to use updated data in your apps.

This open source version offers various options and features similar to the database giant’s, with self-hosting capabilities, display customizations, collaboration and sharing options, automations and API integration. A very good, free alternative for all your database needs!

Here’s a quick look at the interface:


Proposed as a counterpart to workflow optimization titans such as Zapier or Integromat, N8N is rising as the best alternative to create automated and synchronized processes, to streamline your teams’ efforts. 

Compatible with more than 200 apps, you’ll be able to draw out the potential of all your solutions and services by creating intuitive and powerful workflows, by adding javascript functions, conditional logic and custom http requests quickly and efficiently thanks to a hands-on interface. The big plus for independent companies is that the platform offers custom integration features, allowing you to link your in-house CRM, endpoints and software, to give more freedom to your team.

Three solutions are proposed, with a browser cloud platform and a desktop app to have your data managed by N8N, or a self-host solution so that your data stays within your organization, for more security and privacy.

Let’s see how it works:


Budibase Website

We’ll finish our tour of great open source nocode tools with the polyvalent Budibase, which is intended to be a direct alternative to the Retool platform. Wrestling with the basic building blocks of your app is something of the past with this multifaceted app designer!

Incredibly intuitive and simple to use, Budibase offers the opportunity to convert almost anything into a working, enjoyable app. From basic tables and data displays to responsive forms and complex javascript modules, you’ll be able to design an enjoyable experience for your users. In its toolbox, you’ll find secure connections to a great array of data sources, as well as the option to design an app from scratch by creating a database, a Rest API integrator to communicate between APIs, and automation and scaling features. Hosting is also a breeze, being compatible with Kubernetes, Docker, and Digital Ocean, and also proposing their own hosting solution.

A very practical option for multi sourced apps like dashboards, and with a very responsive support team, Budibase is sure to satisfy all your app creation needs, all the while remaining free, secure and open source. 

Below, you’ll find a little preview on what to expect in terms of interface:

This concludes our little tour of open source nocode tools. Hope we helped you get a sense of what these alternatives have to offer, and that you’ll find their free and open approach to nocode fitting to your needs!

Dominique Silvestre
Co-founder at Noxcod

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