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Quickstart

Welcome earthlings, to a journey beyond the stars as we launch into the future of databases. In this quick start guide we will show you how to begin using Outerbase.

This section is meant to be quick and lightweight. If you are looking for more detailed information on how to accomplish specific tasks we welcome you to explore the rest of our documentation, or join our community on Discord.


Step 1: Sign up for an account

Sign up for an Outerbase account.

You can sign up with email and password, or use an SSO provider like Google. Other supported SSO providers are coming soon.

Step 2: Create a base

A base represents a database connection. We support various database systems including Postgres, MySQL, SQLite, Microsoft SQL Server, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift and Google Big Query.

Within a base you can view and interact with the data available via the database connection. You can save queries to your base, build out dashboards, commands, your data catalog and much, much more.

There are a few ways to create a base.

Connect to a database with connection credentials

Watch this video to follow along and see how we go through this process.

  1. From your Workspace home, click the button at the top right that says New Base.
  2. Select which database type you want to connect.
  3. Enter the connection details for your database.
  4. Update your database's allowlist to include Outerbase's IP addresses.
  5. Connect to your database.
  6. Give your base a name.

Review your user roles

Please take a moment to review the access rights you have given to the user you are providing with your database credentials. All members of the Outerbase workspace will have this level of access.

Read more about creating user roles

You can also refer to the following resources:

Connect to a database with a connection string

  1. From your Workspace home, click the button at the top right that says New Base.
  2. Enter the connections string into the field at the end of the page.
  3. Complete any details that weren't provided by the connection string.
  4. Connect to your database.
  5. Give your base a name.

Create a new database

Outerbase allows you to create a free SQLite database in seconds. You get all the power of SQL in addition to file-based relational database management and an excellent choice for many use cases. To do this you need no prerequisites, only to follow the steps below.

  1. Click the button at the top right that says New Base.
  2. Select from one of the New database options.
  3. Give your base a name.
  4. Click *Create database".

Step 3: Explore your data

Now for the good part - getting to work with your data! You can follow our onboarding guide, or here are a few suggestions for ways to get started:

Step 4: Invite your teammates

Outerbase allows you to create a central hub for your team to collaborate around your data. Together you can create saved queries, visual dashboards, contribute to your data catalog and much more.

Follow our guide for how to invite new members.