Migrating to Glide Tables from Airtable

Hi all,

We’ve built our app (https://wow.letsrevive.app) with Airtable, expecting it to be faster than the previous apps we’ve built with Google Sheets (boy we were wrong). So now we’ve updated to the Pro Plan and have access to Glide Tables API, which is meant to be faster. Our app uses Integromat’s Webhooks heavily, and that is its “heart” pretty much.

So I’ve got a few questions about migrating the data:

  1. How much faster are Glide Tables compare to Airtable?
  2. I can’t seem to find how to execute the migration, but I remember that being possible in one click with Google Sheets, is there a way?
  3. If migrating as such is impossible, we can still use Airtable and the Glide Tables API. Will that increase the speed of the app?
  4. If option 3 wouldn’t make a difference, what would be the easiest way to manually rebuild our app from scratch?

Thanks in advance,

Much faster. Glide tables are your best option in terms of speed because you avoid the additional synch time waiting for airtable to synch with Glide and then to the User device.

I believe the migration option is only possible from Excel at the moment.

Glide table API will be your fastest option.

It’s going to take some work. “Find all uses” is your best friend :nerd_face:

Thank you for your reply Eric!

So from what I understood from your post should I duplicate the Airtable tables (which would make the copies as Glide Tables) and semi-rebuild from scratch, or continue using Airtable, but instead of updating through Airtable I should update via Glide Tables API?

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I don’t think that’s possible at the moment. I think that feature is exclusive to converting from Excel to Glide Tables.

I believe your best bet is to recreate all your Airtable tables as Glide tables and then use the Glide API as needed. One thing worth noting is the “GET” api call is only available for Enterprise users… you can add, edit and delete though.

I’m not sure if I understand this correctly… the Glide table API should only work with Glide tables. I’ve never used Airtable before so perhaps one of my colleagues could provide more insight.

Another advantage to switching to Glide tables is that Glide themselves will be improving their native product. I’ve heard some indications that Glide Tables could support millions of rows in the future. I don’t work for Glide and this statement isn’t confirmed but it’s almost a given that Glide will be investing a lot of resources into improving their own tables.

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As you can see I can bot duplicate and use Glide Tables API on an Airtable sheet

Yes, the API is available for add, edit and delete, but as Eric noted, the READ or GET API is only for Enterprise plans.